I find that even guru's have a difficult time finding all the needed drivers for laptops. If you feel good about this, that is one option.
But this sounds sort of expensive compared to the cheap exit not to mention that a backup of what we can't lose could have been on some 20 buck 1G flash drive?
I don't see many questions here. Are you asking if that will work? If so, the answer is yes.
Here is the issue: I have a Gateway Laptop that my wife uses in our house, which connects to wireless network in house. All of a sudden, after switching the wireless router, I am unable to boot the machine. Called Gateway support and their solution was to swap in a new hard drive, re-run the recovery disks (a lot of finanical info on computer that we couldn't loose), then all should be good...or so you would think.
This logic made some sense to me, I was able to turn the old hard drive into a backup using a conversion kit and was able to retrieve all old data into my machine, as well as burning a backup. Yet, after running the recovery disk (format all and reinstall like new machine), I keep getting the DOS error startup messages (Start up normall, safe mode, last good configuration, etc). Well, before I ran the recovery, I could at least get into safe mode, now I can't even do that.
Here are my thoughts on what to do to fix this machine, which isn't even 2 years old yet.
1. Get a Windows XP software package to install instead of Gateway version. I never liked how vendors turn Windows into their "own" version of XP. Then again, this may not fix the problem and you can't return used software in most cases.
2. Pull memory out and replace. Not sure if something is stuck in memory that keeps this machine from booting into Windows.
3. Bite the bullet and get a new machine??? If I take somewhere to fix, the cost could run up as high as buying a cheap laptop. My wife only uses for bills, email, and internet.
Any thoughts on how I can get this machine to boot up into Windows????
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!