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Gateway MX6960 stuck on "Press F11 to start Recovery"

\015 System cannot boot into Windows XP. If I try to run the recovery, it goes through the motions...and when "recovery Successful" is displayed I am prompted to restart, it reboots to "Press F11 to start Recovery" again. In Bios, the HDD is detected, and I can hear it actually spinning up. Trying to boot from an XP installation disk, and I get a "hard drive not detected error". I have read that maybe I need to install new SATA driver???? where can I get one, and how do you install it without a floppy and without being able to run windows??\015

Answers :

Hi!
Excellent description of your problem, I am not familiar with sata drives much although I'm using one in this system I've just built, still an ide guy.
Anyway I presume you just want to install Xp and start afresh? as this is a refurbed machine?
I've never come across F11 before and have installed Xp on many systems.
Perhaps the operating system install files are corrupt?
Try removing the hard drive and make sure it is firmly secured in its caddy. Look for clip damage too as I've broken a tag off this Sata lead, replaced as wasn't secure enough for my liking.
When you start do you cold boot with Xp cd in drive press any key to boot from cd and allow Windows to load all necessary files for full installation.
If this is so and you still get the F11 after system re-booting 3 or more times during install I would be either looking a trying another o/s or hopefully not a machine fault?
I trust this is of assistance? please remember to rate my effort!
Paul 'W'
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Do not press restart and see what happens and also Sata drivers are available from Most drivers I get are on the web site driverguide.com but you need to register and it is free
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