Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:41 PM
It depends on what's wrong with the laptop. At a minimum you should install the motherboard/chipset drivers (may be a different name), the video driver, and the monitor driver (if required).
Let us know the exact make and model of the laptop and we'll be able to go in and look at the drivers.
Also, FWIW, Gateway has a recovery program built into the D: drive. It doesn't have a copy of the i386 directory, but will copy one from any other disk when you insert it and run the recovery. This'll put the system back to it's "just left the factory" state (presuming that you use the same OS to recover it).
This "trick" comes in handy when trying to upgrade from XP MCE to XP Pro. Since it's not a supported upgrade path, you downgrade (using the restore program with an XPHome CD) and then upgrade normally to XP Pro.l
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