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07-27-2009 08:20 AM
08-31-2009 06:29 AM
Hi - i have the exact same problem and its been driving me crazy for 3 weeks now. I have the same model - the m7000 Media Centre version of the Pavilion. If i search the HP site the nearest i get is an m7000kr then it jumps to a 7041 and keeps going up. It has a sticker on it which identifies it as an HP Media Centre m7000 . If i also search on the part number and serial number, it comes up blank.
I have lost the drivers CD that came with the PC and booting from any Windows XP CD cannot find the hard drives. I had to create a custom WinXP disk from NLite and RVM integrator and add in driver packs which worked but it means i cannot run a normal repair from the WinXP CD and have to completely reinstall Windows if it ever breaks.
For some reason my F10 recovery doesnt work either. Its a real pain if it breaks (which it has done twice now). This time i've rebuilt using a new SATA drive and a custom NLite XP CD and added the old drive as a seconday to get my data off it. Can i recreate the F10 partition?? Do i need the CD?? Can i download an iso of the CD that came with the computer?
08-31-2009 07:26 AM
To my knowledge the HP's from the vintage your are asking about, did not come with a driver CD. That might explain why it is "lost". If the version of Windows is just XP and not Media Center, then the SATA drivers will be needed either for a nLite custom or on a floppy for the F6 feature. If the Recovery set is ordered from HP, then everything will be good and the driver is not needed AND they should recreate the Recovery Partition, also.
So, to answer the question on drivers, one needs to know the Motherboard make and model number etc to find them. If you are against taking the side off the case and reading the info from the motherboard, then download CPUZ to find the motherboard and chipset info, so the drivers can be located.
Come back if more help is needed.