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Old 11-10-2007
Carol in GA
 

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missing driver issue
my hard drive crashed and I'm putting in another one. However, the
installation is asking me for drivers for the dvd. Here's the problem... not
matter what driver I try to load, it does not recognize it!

The full scenario is that when the machine is booting, it acknowleges that
there is a bootable dvd in the drive, but once Vista's install starts it
needs a driver to go any further.

I have tried every solution on this board to no avail. Does anyone have any
more suggestions?
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Old 11-10-2007
Paul Randall
 

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Re: missing driver issue

"Carol in GA" <CarolinGA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6798E0D5-A361-4DE4-8813-2BD409CDEF6F@microsoft.com...
> my hard drive crashed and I'm putting in another one. However, the
> installation is asking me for drivers for the dvd. Here's the problem...
> not
> matter what driver I try to load, it does not recognize it!
>
> The full scenario is that when the machine is booting, it acknowleges that
> there is a bootable dvd in the drive, but once Vista's install starts it
> needs a driver to go any further.
>
> I have tried every solution on this board to no avail. Does anyone have
> any
> more suggestions?


Until a few years ago, IDE (aka PATA) drives were the norm. The BIOS on the
motherboard knew how to access PATA drives. Now SATA drives are becoming
the norm. Many BIOSs have an option to give access to SATA drives. If your
drive is SATA and your BIOS is not giving access to SATA, then the Vista
install asks for SATA drivers. You would typically download the SATA
drivers (as a compressed .exe or .zip file) and execute the file or unzip
it, putting the driver files into a folder. Then copy that folder to a
thumbdrive or write it to CD. Then during Vista install, when it asks for
the drivers, you insert the thumbdrive or CD and hopefully all will be well.

Note that the BIOS access to SATA drives may not be optimal for your
particular drive -- it is a generic routine that works for most SATA drives
but the drivers from the manufacturer may provide better performance with
your drive.

-Paul Randall


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Old 11-10-2007
Carol in GA
 

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Re: missing driver issue
My drives are IDE not SATA. I have the RAID drivers available, but unless I
use adaptors I don't need the SATA. (tried using them before, but it didn't
work when I first loaded Vista on the system)

I checked with WesternDigital on if the drive was installed properly, and it
is. I've tried installing the RAID but that didn't help either.

I"m at a loss.



"Paul Randall" wrote:

>
> "Carol in GA" <CarolinGA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:6798E0D5-A361-4DE4-8813-2BD409CDEF6F@microsoft.com...
> > my hard drive crashed and I'm putting in another one. However, the
> > installation is asking me for drivers for the dvd. Here's the problem...
> > not
> > matter what driver I try to load, it does not recognize it!
> >
> > The full scenario is that when the machine is booting, it acknowleges that
> > there is a bootable dvd in the drive, but once Vista's install starts it
> > needs a driver to go any further.
> >
> > I have tried every solution on this board to no avail. Does anyone have
> > any
> > more suggestions?

>
> Until a few years ago, IDE (aka PATA) drives were the norm. The BIOS on the
> motherboard knew how to access PATA drives. Now SATA drives are becoming
> the norm. Many BIOSs have an option to give access to SATA drives. If your
> drive is SATA and your BIOS is not giving access to SATA, then the Vista
> install asks for SATA drivers. You would typically download the SATA
> drivers (as a compressed .exe or .zip file) and execute the file or unzip
> it, putting the driver files into a folder. Then copy that folder to a
> thumbdrive or write it to CD. Then during Vista install, when it asks for
> the drivers, you insert the thumbdrive or CD and hopefully all will be well.
>
> Note that the BIOS access to SATA drives may not be optimal for your
> particular drive -- it is a generic routine that works for most SATA drives
> but the drivers from the manufacturer may provide better performance with
> your drive.
>
> -Paul Randall
>
>
>

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Old 11-10-2007
Carol in GA
 

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Re: missing driver issue
I already replied once, but it isn't visible as of yet.... nutshell tho is
I"m running IDE drives not SATA.

Something else I just noticed is that though the hard drive shows in BIOS as
the master drive, but when I plug in a usb key to load a driver (that it
doesn't want bad enough to load) it shows the usb as C:



"Paul Randall" wrote:

>
> "Carol in GA" <CarolinGA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:6798E0D5-A361-4DE4-8813-2BD409CDEF6F@microsoft.com...
> > my hard drive crashed and I'm putting in another one. However, the
> > installation is asking me for drivers for the dvd. Here's the problem...
> > not
> > matter what driver I try to load, it does not recognize it!
> >
> > The full scenario is that when the machine is booting, it acknowleges that
> > there is a bootable dvd in the drive, but once Vista's install starts it
> > needs a driver to go any further.
> >
> > I have tried every solution on this board to no avail. Does anyone have
> > any
> > more suggestions?

>
> Until a few years ago, IDE (aka PATA) drives were the norm. The BIOS on the
> motherboard knew how to access PATA drives. Now SATA drives are becoming
> the norm. Many BIOSs have an option to give access to SATA drives. If your
> drive is SATA and your BIOS is not giving access to SATA, then the Vista
> install asks for SATA drivers. You would typically download the SATA
> drivers (as a compressed .exe or .zip file) and execute the file or unzip
> it, putting the driver files into a folder. Then copy that folder to a
> thumbdrive or write it to CD. Then during Vista install, when it asks for
> the drivers, you insert the thumbdrive or CD and hopefully all will be well.
>
> Note that the BIOS access to SATA drives may not be optimal for your
> particular drive -- it is a generic routine that works for most SATA drives
> but the drivers from the manufacturer may provide better performance with
> your drive.
>
> -Paul Randall
>
>
>

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Old 11-11-2007
Carol in GA
 

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I FINALLY got it! Here's the solution I got.
Every answer I've seen talked about SATA having a LOT of problems.... SATA
saved me!

I put in my old XP disk and pressed F6 to load the SATA drivers... I didn't
know which one I needed so I guessed and chose the first RAID I found in the
list. Then I shut it down.

I added the ide to sata adaptors I already had, pulled out the pci/ide
Promise card I'd had to use (that sped up the boot process a lot once out
too). Then I booted up and it went straight to the beginning of the install.
When the Vista install screen started up I crossed my fingers and clicked on
install. IT DIDN'T ASK ME FOR A DRIVER! (I probably danced for 15 minutes!)

Good luck to anyone who wants to try this solution out!


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