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Can't find drivers when installing Windows 7.


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#1 PzNguyen

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:17 PM

This computer had windows 7 installed but suddenly was unable to boot. I'm attempting to install windows 7 again, but where the installer asks me "where do you want to install windows?"  it tells me "No drivers were found." and the list that usually shows drives and partitions remains unpopulated.

 

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My friend had windows 7 installed on the computer from a bootleg disk. I read that doing this improperly has caused the problem.

 

The BIOS is already set on ACHI mode

 

Model: Inspiron N5040

 

I could not locate a recovery image.

 

any help is appreciated!

 

 



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:28 AM

This is a french site which detect all your Missing drivers on your computer and give u Links for downloading very easy to use, 

 

Go to  :http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=29

 

scroll down and click on Lancer la détection

 

this will Launch a simple java Application which is going to scan your computer and detects all missing drivers after that,  u see all missing drivers with there download Link, Just download :) and install them hope its helps,



#3 jhayz

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:21 AM

My friend had windows 7 installed on the computer from a bootleg disk.

Your laptop computer must have come with a recovery partition to restore to factory settings and make your own recovery discs which must have been wipe-out already by using a bootleg copy which is not a good decision on your friend's part.


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:45 AM

in windows program files you can find swsetup folder or you can download it from site



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:46 PM

This is a french site which detect all your Missing drivers on your computer and give u Links for downloading very easy to use, 

 

Go to  :http://www.touslesdrivers.com/index.php?v_page=29

 

scroll down and click on Lancer la détection

 

this will Launch a simple java Application which is going to scan your computer and detects all missing drivers after that,  u see all missing drivers with there download Link, Just download :) and install them hope its helps,

Tried this, couldnt get it to load on the computer

 

 

in windows program files you can find swsetup folder or you can download it from site

what site? how do i access the folder? when i turn the computer on, nothing will boot. i just get a blinking underscore



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

If the computer does not boot and the setup disc says no drives found, then the hard drive has probably failed. Is this what the message says? Check whether the hard drive is detected in the BIOS.


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#7 PzNguyen

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:39 AM

If the computer does not boot and the setup disc says no drives found, then the hard drive has probably failed. Is this what the message says? Check whether the hard drive is detected in the BIOS.

In Bios it says "Fixed HDD.........None" =/. Is it fixable or would we have to purchase a new hard drive?



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:18 AM

The drive itself could be faulty (most likely), or the interface or power connection/source in the laptop could cause the same symptom. Probably the best way to be sure is to remove the drive from the laptop and get the use of a USB adapter/enclosure, see if the drive can be accessed that way. If not, get a new hard drive. If it works OK in an adapter, the fault is in the laptop, either not powering the drive, or the SATA interface faulty.


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#9 PzNguyen

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:37 AM

I heard this problem from other people in my online searches, a lot of them were also caused by a faulty Windows 7 CD installation. Unfortunately i could not find out how they solved their problem. :(



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:55 AM

The drive has to be recognized in the BIOS before Windows can be involved at all. Make sure that the HDD setting in the BIOS hasn't been manually set to "None". If the BIOS cannot see the drive at all, then the problem is there, and not anything to do with the installation disk.


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#11 PzNguyen

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

The drive has to be recognized in the BIOS before Windows can be involved at all. Make sure that the HDD setting in the BIOS hasn't been manually set to "None". If the BIOS cannot see the drive at all, then the problem is there, and not anything to do with the installation disk.

You were right, turns out the laptop had been dropped. Thanks for your help!



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

You're welcome!


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