Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:43 PM
Hi. I am M700-Owner. It might be obvious but I own a Compaq M700 PIII 850mhz that I purchased 2 or 3 years ago used. One day late winter of this year it would not boot any longer, so I got another motherboard (the exact same) and works beautifully. The draw-back is that the Hard Drive that came with the laptop is a 6gb Toshiba Drive model MK6014MAP. I decided to upgrade the hard drive and purchased a new drive from compuvest. I selected a Seagate Momentus 5400.2 model ST960822A which was recommended by HP support. In doing such I try to install Windows Xp Home Upgrade with SP2 and it does not see the drive. I have tried the install a few ways.
First off, HP said to jump the drive to cable select and insert into the HD bay. In doing this I get the message "1782 disk controller failure". No go.
Second attempt, Hard drive set to master in HD bay. I get the message "fixed disk parameter or bios error system halted". No go either.
Third attempt, taking the seagate drive and placing it into a external usb enclosure. This gets me the farthest. I boot from the windows xp home upgrade cd and it checks the hardware so on and so forthe, installs drivers and gets me to the point where xp can be installed. When I hit enter to do a clean install I get the following message, *****Your computer's startup program cannot gain access to the disk containing the partition or free space you chose. Setup cannot install windows xp on this hard disk.
This lack of access does not necessarily indicate an error condition. For example, disks attached to a SCSI adapter that wasn't installed by your computer manufacturer or to a secondary hard disk controller, are typically not visible to the startup program unless special software is used. Contact your computer or hard disk controller manufacturer for more information.
On x86-based computers, this message may indicate a problem with the cmos drive type settings. See your disk controller documentation for more information.*****
Before anyone says it, I have the most recent bios upgrade. I have checked into this and verified that I have the most current bois. I have a copy of Seagate Diskwizard and format the drive via the external usb enclosure Works just fine. I even dis this in disk management and partitioned and formatted the drive just fine. I am absolutely sure the disk is in perfect condition. On another note, I posed this question on fixya.com and one guy that rehabs these says that he ran into issues with the M700 and 5400rpm drives. He says 4200rpm drives work fine but 5400rpm drives have problems.
Has anyone run across anything similiar to this? It seems like it is a driver issue for the controller. I have researched Microsoft, HP, Seagate, and Intel and have not seen the magic answer. Here is my system info:
Compaq Armada M700 Laptop
Intel MB w/ Intel 440 chipset
MK6014MAP Toshiba 6gb Hard Drive (works fine xp installed & functioning)
ST960822A Seagate Momentus 5400.2 60gb Hard Drive (compatibility issues)
It has to be a setting or a driver or two that I am missing. HP Support claims they have installed this Seagate Drive on M700's before successfully. Needless to say, HP was not much help. This is why I am here. Bestowe upon your knowledge. This is a fun one.......