Hi. My sons Packard Bell laptop stopped working. It would boot to the bios and then say no operating system was detected. I thought it might be the hard drive. This seemed to be confirmed as I loaded a disc of fedora linux. It threw up a warning that the hard disc was faulty.
I bought a new hard disc and inserted it. I tried to reload XP from a Cd. The laptop was Vista but I do not have a Vista program. It said that it was loading files.
It got to screen which said to set up press enter. I did so and got message "Setup did not find any hard disc drives installed in your computer". The disc seems to be noted in the bios and again the fedora OS appeared to be aware of the disc and did not show any warnings although I did not try and install it.
I thought I was doing well up to that point but I have reached the limits of my limited expertise.
The hard drive is a sata drive. The model is Packard bell easynote sb88-p-007.
I am not exactly clear what you mean gaucho. The old drive and the new drive are both SATA. Do you mean that the new drive needs new drivers? I can understand that but I don't know how they can be loaded if there is no OS?
The packard bell recovery disk and Vista contain motherboard drivers for a SATA hard drive.
The XP operating system disk contains very few SATA drivers for a motherboard.
So to load XP on the computer. You need to get the drivers from the PB web site, if they are any. Then when windows XP loads, you get a screen that says to load SATA drivers press F6. You do that and then load the drivers, later.
I did try the recovery discs made when the computer first bought. It went like this: Windows is loading files. A bar is seen loading to about half way. Error, set HDD letter Error, set back up letter pop up saying- not enough space on disc. Insert disc 2 to continue. Disc 2 inserted, some whirring then nothing even though left all night.
From memory of my times with a PB machine, the original HD had a "tattoo" on them which allowed the recovery disc's to work, if a new HD is installed without this "tattoo" the recovery disc's won't work. I resolved this by buying and installing a retail copy of WXP, which installed without any problems.