Originally Posted by illmatic8
I wanted to take a second to thank wahoo24jc for this thread. I went back to Fry's and returned the Q-Stor external USB floppy, and bought two more just to make sure I got one that worked. I first tried the Iomega external USB floppy, but that didn't work either. Then I tried the Memorex external USB floppy drive, and VOILA! It worked. I've never been happier to see a Windows installation screen. Thanks to wahoo, I would have never thought using another floppy drive would have been the problem, and I was searching around all through the internet. FOR USERS LOOKING TO REFORMAT AND INSTALL WINDOWS XP: MAKE SURE TO BACKUP YOUR \\SWSETUP\\ FOLDER on your C:\\ drive. Make sure you leave SATA Native Support ENABLED in the BIOS, do not disable. Known working external USB drives to read the SATA drivers are HP's and Memorex's. Sony, Iomega, and Q-Stor, don't seem to work. There might be more USB drives that work, but those are the only two I know of right now. If you're confused on what to do, follow the steps of the first post made by wahoo, except using a HP or Memorex USB drive (or one that you find works). Alternatively, you can see nlite method of installing Windows XP, but I prefer this way. For those wondering, the notebook is running UNBELIEVABLY fast (no joke,, nothing compared to the original installation that comes with the notebook.) And this is coming from someone who uninstalled all the appropriate trialware and crap that came with it. Once you finish installing Windows, it will be missing quite a few drivers. Install the drivers in this order from HP's website or your SWSETUP folder. 1. nVidia display driver (\\swsetup\\video\\setup.exe) 2. intel pro network adapter (\\swsetup\ etwork\\e100b325.inf) 3. intel wireless adapter (optional) (\\swsetup\\WLAN2\\Sinstall.exe) 2. intel's chipset drivers (\\swsetup\\chipset) *or* intel's website for latest. 3. intel's matrix storage driver (intel's website for latest) 4. microsoft universal audio architecture bus driver (\\swsetup\\1UAA\\Disk1\\setup.exe) 5. conextant high definition audio drivers (\\swsetup\\audio\\setup.exe) 6. conextent high definition modem drivers (\\swsetup\\modem\\setup.exe) 7. texas instruments media card driver (hp's website) 8. synaptics touch pad driver (\\swsetup\\touchpad\\setup.exe) 9. quick launch buttons (optional) And there you have it, that should get you up and running with a nice, clean XP installation. I hope this post/thread helps people who have been having trouble with installing XP or looking forward to reformating and installing. Ahh, so nice and clean =) Enjoy.