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  1. Not to worry - I just ran the 15.25 package and de-selected everything except the ethernet driver - all is well. thanks again for your help. regards Graham
  2. This is exactly the line your nForce SATA AHCI Controller is needing to be supported by the driver.The VendorID "VEN_10DE" means NVIDIA, the DeviceID "DEV_0AB9" means the nForce SATA Controller of any MCP79 chipset running in AHCI mode and the suffix "CC_106" is the AHCI mode specification to make sure, that the DeviceID is only valid with enabled AHCI (the suffix for non-AHCI SATA would be "CC_101", the suffix for RAID Controllers is "CC_104"). Fernando Well, thought I would get back to you to let you know how it's all gone. Rather well, I can say. After finding out how to "slipstream", make bootable USB sticks, using DBAN and initializing a disk etc etc., it seems my installation is at last going rather well. One in the eye for HP, I say - in that I'm not being relieved of more cash! So, it's a big thank you to you for your help - and hope you can offer one more bit of advice! I've installed all the drivers, except the chipset driver you advised not to install. Trouble is, I have no LAN (which I suspect is part of the chipset package pointed to me by HP) - so I'm wondering if you know where I can get this from? regards
  3. Fernando I am very grateful for your full reply. To be open with you, in attempting to verify anything, I wouldn't have a clue if what I was looking at was right or wrong! But I appreciate you taking the time to explain stuff. Notwithstanding this, maybe the text below will give you more information which confirms your assessment. Since I last wrote, I've been digging around in another folder on my C:\ drive - it's called "SwSetup". I reckon HP have dropped all the drivers and bloatware in this folder as part of their system recovery offering. I see in "SwSetup" there is another folder called "HDD". In that folder are a number of files which are signed by nVidia and are version (most of which are dll in different languages) - which I presume links into what you've been saying. I also note that there is a file called "txtsetup.oem" - which is mentioned on your first post. I also find the nvgts.inf file in this folder, with the following entries (along with many others): [NVIDIA.ntx86.6.0] [NVIDIA] %NVSTOR_DESC%=NVStor_Inst,PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&CC_0106 [NVIDIA.ntx86] %NVSTOR_DESC%=NVStor_Inst,PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&CC_0106 So I would think - if it needed doing at all - that this confirms your view on which is the correct driver for my HDD. You are quite right - I should ask HP to explain, but I sense I would lose the argument quite quickly because I can't explain very well what this is all about! As to getting another CD from someone else - that's just not going to happen. Most of the folk I know, know even less about PCs than I do - I'm usually their port of call for assistance. Almost without exception, they have systems with pre-installed software without an XP disc, or they use Vista - which I won't touch with a barge pole. So I'm going to use the i386 folder (if I can) which along with the SwSetup folder seems to suggest HP stuck everything I need on my PC to get it going again from "new" - but it's just up to me to find a way to do that, which is kind of what I'm doing. Your advice re intalling the Chipset is well noted - thanks. regards
  4. Thanks Fernando, Looks like I've got some reading to do... I don't have Windows XP SP2 disc, so was planning to use the i386 folder on C:\ and given I don't have an external CD for the HP mini, I was going to do an install from a USB stick. I'm pretty sure if I look around I can find the answer, but essentially I shall follow your guide and others to set up a bootable USB stick. One thing that puzzles me - how is it that HP emailed me the link they did (for the serial number of the system I have) which was supposed to have the correct chipset package (inc the "correct" AHCI driver), and how is that on their website they have another chipset package (inc the "correct" AHCI driver) based on my system details - both of which are different AHCI drivers from the one you recommend? Also, and finally, when it comes to installing all the drivers on my laptop, I'm going to have to install one of the HP recommended chipset packages - will this create any difficulties given I will install the driver you recommend? regards
  5. Before you are going to format the hdd, you should run the Device Manager and look into the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" and - if applicable - the "SCSI & RAID Controllers" section.Questions: 1. Which Controller names do you see? 2. Which are the HardwareID's of these Controllers (right click onto it > "Properties" > "Details" > "Property" > "HardwareID's)?. There are 2 different nForce chipset driver sets offered by NVIDIA: the set 15.23 and the set 15.25. Both sets do support the same nForce chipsets and contain the same nForce Ethernet Driver (v67.89), but different nForce SATA/RAID Drivers (v10.3.0.42 and v10.3.0.46). Since the set 15.25 is the newer one, I would prefer this set, if the nForce chipset of your system should be supported by these special sets (i am not sure about that).Regards Fernando Fernando Thanks for the welcome. In answer to your questions: a. nvidia chipset – Don’t know how to accurately report this, so did a Google search and used PC Wizard. It reports my chipset as: nVidia nForce 730i b. SATA mode – don’t know. As alluded to by James, the HP BIOS provided by HP is pants. No where in the BIOS does it even mention SATA. If you can tell me how to find this out another way, I will try. 1. Controller details: nividia nForce Serial ATA Controller 2. Controller Hardware Id: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&SUBSYS_3651103C&REV_81 PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&SUBSYS_3651103C PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&CC_010601 PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0AB9&CC_0106 Thanks Graham
  6. 1. I slipstreamed the 32bit nForce SATA_IDE driver v10.3.0.46 WHQL for XP 2. This is the driver for the nVidia chipset as listed on the HP site ( 3. I tried booting off the original XP SP3 image originally but it couldn't find a drive to install too. 4. It is a clean XP image yes, with WINNT.SIF in the i386 directory. 5. The boot priority of the BIOS is set to SATA hdd first, however I always have to bypass this to boot from USB (am using WinToFlash to transfer image to USB) Additionally, I am sure about it installing to the SATA drive rather than USB as I can get into the recovery console and navigate the C: drive as well as the W: drive (USB). Cheers, James I was watching this string with some interest as I have the same 311c mini. I want to re-install the pre-loaded OS on this netbook, chiefly to get rid of all the HP garbage that came with it - on this stock 160Gb HDD, the OS and HP stuff takes 25% of HDD space. Just nonsense. Anyway, this post doesn't seem to have moved on - I hope dodyjammer can up date us because I would love to know how it went. One thing I note from the above string is the driver package he is installing. I'm not sure if this is the correct driver at the correct time in the re-install. I had previously asked HP to provide me with the correct nividia 10/100 ethernet driver as it wasn't listed on their site (same page as link used by James above). They came back to me as gave me this link: Whilst not the same date or exact size file as James' link, I'm left wondering if the chipset from James' link is either the correct driver at the correct time in the install process or if I've got a "red herring" from HP in that the link they've given me is indeed pretty much the same thing that is listed as their "chipset" driver (at James' link). But I do note from James' text that the slipstreamed SATA driver he has installed ending in "46" isn't the same as the driver in the link I was given by HP (ending in "42") - don't know if 46 means a straight update or a different version for a different bit of kit. I've been trying to re-install the installed OS from the C:\i386 folder on the HDD, because I don't have an external optical (and will not buy one - for now), and I also refuse to pay more money to HP for recovery discs. The i386 folder on my HDD doesn't have the winnt.sif file in it. Things during the initial stages of install go great - i.e. initial prep to re-boot. When it does re-boot, system comes a to grinding halt and I get a BSOD: stop: 0x0000007b (0xf78d2524, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) It doesn't say anymore than this - no text explaining what the potential problem is, just the usual "to prevent damage to your system" blurb - and the BSOD will stay there until I turn the machine off. I'm not sure, but I think the system is wanting me to install some sort of SATA driver before it continues - and of course, I'm wondering if James' link is the answer or mine - but I'm just too reluctant to try either at the moment, hence I'm awaiting further reading - unless anyone can give a solution on here. Thanks Graham