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Old 08-21-2007
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Default XP on a Pavilion a1710n

I screwed up and bought a pavilion a1710n, figuring I could get rid of Vista and load my copy of XP. Thanks to your toolkit, I now have the drivers (if I can figure out how to load them?).
My problem is two fold:
When I try to install XP it only recognizes 131GB of my 320G disk.
The computer, with XP installed, closes down and restarts on its own. It runs between 5 and 30 minutes before doing this. I think the lack of drivers may be causing this, but that is only a guess.
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance
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Old 08-21-2007
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Default Re: XP on a Pavilion a1710n

not a unique problem. There's lots of good reading on the subject.

[url]http://help.lockergnome.com/windows/Xp-shuts-unexpectedly-restarts-reason-ftopict448819.html[/url]

[url]http://www.opentechsupport.net/forums/archive/topic/26129-1.html[/url]

[url]http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread84803.html[/url]

[url]http://www.techimo.com/forum/showthread.php?t=143446[/url]

[url]http://www.techtalkz.com/software-troubleshooting/6182-pc-shuts-down-its-own.html[/url]

[url]http://forums.pcpitstop.com/lofiversion/index.php/t140493.html[/url]

[url]http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t208719-pc-boots-on-its-own-wake-on-lan-disabled-help.html[/url]

[url]http://groups.google.com/groups?q=XP+closes+down+and+restarts+on+its+own&hl =en&um=1&sa=X&oi=groups&ct=title[/url]


As for your hard drive capacity, how many partitions does the hd have. ie: a single or mulitple. You have to use a disk partitioning software to tell or you can use Microsofts fdisk to find out.
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Old 08-22-2007
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The hard disk has 2 partitions which are set up by HP's recovery disks (3).
The first (under Vista) show C:HP 292G and the second shows D:Recivery 6.25G.
Under DOS (from Win98), fdisk shows 1st partition, active, NTFS, 36690MB and 2nd partition NTSF, 6408MB.
When I attempt to install XP it shows me one partition of 131067MB which I read as 131GB.
Ghost 2003 showed me 2 partitions, 1st partition 298834MB (298G) and a second partition and altho I did not write down the size, I wrote down the total and it was 305245MB (305G).
I have PartitionMagic but have not been able to locate it - YET! And it does handle NTFS files.
Just found this. Is it possible that XP needs a driver to see the entire disk?
Advantages of Perpendicular Recording
After more than ten years of pioneering research at Seagate, perpendicular recording is now a
proven technology. It increases capacity and dependability by storing data vertically, rather
than horizontally. And vertically stored data bits mean increased data density -- which means
higher performance to increase productivity.
Nothing I have done or seen explains why XP can only see 131G, however I have learned accross the last 60 years that the more I learn, the less I seem to know.
I'm off to read the posts you left me, any ideas would be greatly appreciated

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Old 08-23-2007
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Default Re: XP on a Pavilion a1710n

To Jerry K
Please post a reply so I know you got this.
Thanks to you and Norton Ghost 12 we have proven that ignorance can be cured but stupidity is forever!
I solved 80-90% of my problems.
I installed a old 40G IDE drive.
Set the BIOS to disable the SATA drive.
Installed XP on the 40G drive.
Enabled the SATA drive but had bios boot to 40G.
XP could see the SATA drive but not read it.
Installed SP2.
XP could see and read the SATA drive (Oh boy!).
When installing software I left system restore turned on and did NOT install my BlackIce firewall.
My money is on Blackice causing the restarts.
Chipset driver update was on Windows Update.
System seems stable.

I owe you at least a cup of coffee or a cold beer!
Now I can start looking for driver because I can see either system by changing the boot drive in BIOS.
If you would like to whole story, let me know?
Thank You!
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glad you got it to going. If you want to post the story, I'm sure lots of folks would be glad to read it (including me).... I like to learn as well.
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Old 08-24-2007
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Default Re: XP on a Pavilion a1710n

Blessed are the pessimists for they have made BACKUPS!

MY WAR STORY

1 Installed 40G IDE hard drive.
2 IN bios, disabled sata access (so install could not see the drive with HP software)
3 Installed xp to 40G drive
4 In bios, enabled sata access
xp could see the hp drive but said is was not formatted
5 Instaled sp2
xp could now see the drive and read and write to it
6 Installed Norton Ghost 12
after reboot it asked to install netframework 2.0 and I did
7 Ran Backup (to the sata drive)
8 Ran recovery from ghost boot cd (had to check to see if it worked)
9 Installed virusscan enterprize 8 and restart
10 Ran latest superdat from Mcaffee (I had it on a cd) and restarted
11 Ran Backup
12 Installed netgeat adapter software
13 Shutdown xp and installed netgear pci card network adapter
14 Turn on computer, xp card, run wizzard
15 Restart
16 Plugin network cable
17 Update virusscan online
18 Restart
19 Unplued network cable
20 Ran backup
21 Install IE7
22 Restart
23 Finish IE7 install
24 Restart
25 Install FireFox 2.0.0.6
26 Restart
27 Plugin network cable
28 Download dish optimizer (from dishnetwork, my satallite provider)
29 Ran the optimizer
30 Restart
31 Download and install windiz update software
32 Installed System Mechanic 6.0q
33 Ran system mechanic update and restarted system
34 Ran system mechanic to set options and optimize internet settings and restarted system
35 Installed Registry FirstAid
36 Restart
37 Install Adobe 8
38 Restart
39 Ran Backup
40 Installed wmp11
41 Restart
42 Ran windows update, download and install update software
43 Restart
44 Ran windows update
Driver update for nvidia geforce 6150 LE (chipset on mobo)
45 Restart
46 Tried usb controller driver update
IT WORKED
47 Tried sm bus controller driver update
It failed
48 Tried pci device driver update
It failed
49 Tried other pci bridge device driver update
It failed
50 Tried 1394 net adapter driver update
It failed
************ I now have all but 4 devices working ****************
51 Restart
52 Ran backup
53 Ran windows update 71 updates 36+MB and restart
54 Ran backup
55 Ran windows update 8 updates 25.2MB and restart
56 Ran Backup
57 Ran windows update 8 updates 6.1MB and restart
58 Installed Driver Guide Toolkit
59 Ran backup
Now I just have to chase down drivers.
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Old 09-07-2007
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Default Re: XP on a Pavilion a1710n

Just curious to where you found the windows xp drivers for your a1710n? I need them as well and no luck here. I just it for my network adapter, then I can download the rest. thanks.


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I screwed up and bought a pavilion a1710n, figuring I could get rid of Vista and load my copy of XP. Thanks to your toolkit, I now have the drivers (if I can figure out how to load them?).
My problem is two fold:
When I try to install XP it only recognizes 131GB of my 320G disk.
The computer, with XP installed, closes down and restarts on its own. It runs between 5 and 30 minutes before doing this. I think the lack of drivers may be causing this, but that is only a guess.
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance
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