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MyHP  TX2500 had a drive failure where I couldn't even Load from the HP rcovery partition. I bought a new hard drive-Seagate 500gb Momentus XT and downloaded VISTA Ultimate 64bit on to a USB drive to install using my OEM key. I have installed the new hard drive.During installation after loading the files it asks for a cd or USB drive with drivers. What drivers is it looking for at this stage and where do I find them?
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by:CHutchins
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You should be able to skip this.  IT would need drivers if you had any special hardware like a SCSI card or raid controller.. being a laptop you most likely have these in the base install of Vista.  or you can grab the SATA drivers for your laptop and throw em on a USB drive and point to them.
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by:Phoenixke
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Does the installation find your hard drive? If not: those are the drivers to have at that stage...
Most likely your BIOS will be set the SATA and you'll need the appropriate drivers to find your hdd. Or you could change the BIOS setting to PATA emulation and skip the painstaking process of begging HP for a working driver ^^.
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by:Phoenixke
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On a quick note: I checked the HP website for the TX2500 available drivers and couldn't find a SATA driver for your system so they should be included in the Vista install... You can however never know if the torrent you downloaded has been altered in any way (like removing some unneeded drivers/functions) but I found a step-by-step for Native-SATA disabling:

Disable the native-SATA setting
To determine if you can disable the native SATA configuration in the BIOS, do the following steps.

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      Open the CD/DVD optical drive or remove the installation disc.
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      Turn off the computer.
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      Press the power button and press f10 to open the BIOS Setup.
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      Use the keyboard to navigate the Configuration options to locate the Native-SATA setting.
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            If there is a SATA setting, select the Disable option, and then press F10 to save the change and restart the computer.
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            If there is no SATA setting, you will have to find a third-party tool to change the settings.

After changing the SATA setting, insert the Installation disc, restart the computer, and then follow the Microsoft installation instructions.
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by:remixedcat
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find out the drive controller brand and look on thier site for drivers. I had to do this with an XP SP2 setup I recently did and I slipstreamed them into it.
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by:noxcho
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Before you start install go to BIOS and change there the HDD mode from SATA or AHCI to IDE compatible. Then run the installation again. This will let you install the OS without driver needed to be installed.
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by:rakman_baba78
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There is no option within BIOS to change HDD mode. Also I have looked everywhere and cannot find the SATA driver for the tx2500 for Vista 64-bit anywhere. PLease help
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by:noxcho
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Interesting that here on HP site they provide no driver for SATA controller: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=2100&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3717593#N546
What options do you have at all in BIOS?
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Remixedcat, I have already tried everything in that link. It doesn't work with Vista which my computer was originally shipped with.AMD chipset drivers( downloaded from AMD website) dont work either. I have also tried windows recovery from a resecued backup of the failed hard drive's recovery partition. restore to factory default fails with error code 1002

Only boot options are available within system configurations apart from fan and a couple more. No hard drive mode option anywhere.
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by:remixedcat
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I shall continue to research more. We all want this resolved. Best of luck.
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by:noxcho
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Can you enter your BIOS and take picture of what you see using digital cam or phone cam? Load it here.
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by:rakman_baba78
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Noxcho, Please find pics of all screens within the BIOS setup
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by:remixedcat
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no drive options? they really locked that bios down!  Can you try a different operating system install on it like linux at least? Or mabye windows 7 might have the drivers built in? There's a trial iso that has 120 days from microsoft's site somewhere that you can test without purchasing windows 7.
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by:noxcho
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What is inside of Boot Options?
Also, did you try to load Default Settings - then run installation process?
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by:rakman_baba78
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Where do i get the win7 trial ISO from? Is there an iso for vista still available from Microsoft direct to download?
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by:noxcho
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Is your machine AMD or Intel based?
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by:rakman_baba78
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AMD. I dont really want to spend on a new OS like Win 7. As I said paid a lot of money for vista 64 bit ultimate  while configuring and  buying the laptop from  HP Direct
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by:remixedcat
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they also have server 2008 R2 with 180 day trial as well, if you wanna get into that kinda thing.
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by:rakman_baba78
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I have tried XP drivers already
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by:ded9
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You need another computer to do this step but will definitely resolve your issue.

First download vlite.
www.vlite.net/

then download service pack 2. Also download raid drivers from HP website.

Integrate service pack 2 and raid drivers using vlite. Burn the iso and then try to install windows vista.

You issue will be resolved.


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rakman_baba78 earned 0 total points
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In the I simply burnt iso on DVD and loaded vista easily without any prompt for RAID drivers. Earlier I was trying to install from an USB pen drive. I wonder why it would prompt for Raid drivers using USB and not when using a DVD.
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The reason is mentioned in the solution
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