I have lost my recovery CD with this laptop (STUPIDLY) i know, however i have the liscence etc etc and a genuine copy of XP Home, however upon trying to setup, it fails at the HDD detection as its a Solid State HDD.
I know that i need to splipstream the drivers into the boot using Nlite and make a backup off my origional, however im having a MAJOR problem finding the drivers to slipstream into the setup, ive tried all the intel TEXTMODE drivers (which are used mainly for the SATA) which usually works with everything else.
But this im having such a major problem re-installing XP.
Any help would be a major + and ahuge thanks to all that (hopefully) will help.
are you able to borrow an xp disk from freind or who ever and you then just use your key of your copy of xp? But remember, you have to make sure it is the same edition of windows, and the same bit. so for example if you have xp home 64bit it has to match those details exactly.
I tried all of the above, slipstreaming the drivers didnt work =[ it goes to the setup and says no hard disks, which is annoying me lol, as vista and 7 find the hard disk, so i know the drivers are there for vista and 7, and unfortunately i dont have a disc for Dell to lend =[ and i know its 32 bit XP Home SP3.
I was kinda hoping sum1 had the restore disc which they could send the slipstreamed drivers over lol.
I went to the Dell drivers site, the intel drivers slipstreamed perfect however the other hdd drivers had no "setup info" or somthing nlite was saying so it didnt find any drivers in that folder (as i think it was an EXE what fails upon attempting to install) and im unsure if that EXE will unpack (as tried with winrar but it failed).