The original hard drive has died totally. It is an 'old' machine 2012 Replaced drive with a 240 Gb SSD installed a fresh copy of Win 7 Ultimate that's OK but no drivers for USB, Network etc so can't download & install Drivers from HP website. None of the hardware is recognised by windows so no drivers! Hadn't thought of this as a problem as windows can usually install generic drivers to get you going but not this time. How on earth can I install drivers if I can't connect to anything? All I can think is to put the SSD drive into a caddy & connect it to my desktop PC & download drivers via that. Any better Ideas?
Slight problem Windows has not installed the USB controller!so that I can't do that!
Very strange you would have thought that would have been installed. Maybe this machine has a mainboard fault. It did appear to have problems when tested by a local repair firm, but I think the drive problem maybe obscured this fact.