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problems installing operating systerm on compaq laptop?

By manue1991 ·
Hi everyone, i have a compaq laptop that i just bought a week ago i ddnt like the patitions that were on it by default so i've deleted them and reinstall it with windows7 home basic, by default it was installed windows7 starter 32bit. now the problem is i want to delete the patitions again because i made a mistake when i was creating the patitions and i am unable to, because when i reach the point where i have to select the patition that i would like to delete it does not show any patitions but the message which says: A required CD/DVD drive device is missing if you have a driver floppy disc, CD,DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now. NOTE if the windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step. during the first time when i was installing it i did not see such kind of a message everything went just fine but now i do not now what went wrong because i am using the same windows disk i used the first time. please help!

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Sometimes changing the drive controller setting in BIOS is needed

by robo_dev In reply to problems installing opera ...

There's a setting for RAID vs IDE mode for SATA drives, and sometimes OS installs like one better than the other

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by manue1991 In reply to Sometimes changing the dr ...

how do i change the drive controller setting rob? u seem to know a way through please help me, please

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what model cpq laptop?

by markp24 In reply to problems installing opera ...

fromt here we may be able to give you a link to the user manual and have step by step instruction on how to set this.

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by manue1991 In reply to what model cpq laptop?

Model: CQ57-377SI

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by manue1991 In reply to what model cpq laptop?

there is the model of my compaq laptop, can you please give me the link now. my compaq laptop model again is CQ57-377SI

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RE:- how do i change the drive controller setting

by OH Smeg In reply to problems installing opera ...

You enter the BIOS Setup Screen and alter in there.

After you make the change/s remember to save the changes as you exit the BIOS or they will not stick.

So when you see the Compaq Screen press and hold down the F2 Key and when the BIOS Setup Screen appears navigate with the Arrow keys around till you find the RAID, SATA settings. It also wouldn't hurt to look at what Hardware is reported as Present to make sure that the BIOS is setup correctly.

Also if it's just the Partition Tables you want to delete it's easier to use something like Kill Disc or Boot & Nuke to wipe the HDD and leave the system with a Bare drive that you can mess around with.

Boot & Nuke

http://www.dban.org/

Kill Disc

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Just make sure you double check before running either of these Wiping Utilities.

However if it's just the current partitions you want to change and have not already hosed the current OS wouldn't it be easier to resize them with either the Partition Manager in Windows or some Third Party Partition Manager?

Col

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by Charles Bundy In reply to RE:- [i]how do i change t ...

I like the DBAN wipe option! Make a cd, boot, autonuke and you have a virgin drive for windows to partition...

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by Charles Bundy In reply to RE:- [i]how do i change t ...

P.S. as it sounds like you are uncertain about BIOS, If you get in by hitting a key during startup (F2, DEL, or F10) choose "load default settings". Should get you to a sane state.

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by Charles Bundy In reply to RE:- [i]how do i change t ...

P.P.S. pay close attention to Col!

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by manue1991 In reply to RE:- [i]how do i change t ...

i went to the BIOS but i did no see RAID, SATA settings and i try loading default settings, did not work! i'm downloading those two softwares from the links that you gave me. i will try them. thnx

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