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no more wizards! And wireless, yes please!

by johntkucz / July 31, 2007 9:47 AM PDT

Okay, kind of a multi-topic post, but I'd really appreciate a solution.

Every desktop load after starting up, I'm bombarded with SLOW cumbersome "new hardware found" wizards. ONe is for a modem, another is for some audio or something. How do I de-activate these wizards?

Does it take for ever for windows deskto tp load for everyone? btw?


I've got windows xp, on a gateway mx3701 laptop. Upon using the recovery full re-install (cd that came with the laptop); the sound, wireless, nor ethernet drivers worked (had to boot in Ubuntu) download driver updates from How could the original boot disk suddenly become so inefficient? Mainly, how do I get the wireless to work (the sound and ethernet drivers worked) Thanks!

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by tomron / July 31, 2007 12:18 PM PDT

Maybe since you did a full re-install just allow it to install.

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drivers seperate
by ctbarry / July 31, 2007 9:18 PM PDT
In reply to: johntkucz

To my knowledge (which isnt much) the drivers and utilities are installed after the windows install. Some systems supply cd's for these seperately to the windows cd. Other times they need to be downloaded.

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For your first issue - onboard?
by Chimlim / August 1, 2007 12:37 AM PDT

Is this an onboard sound card and/or modem? If so, then you need to install the drivers so it will stop prompting you every time you boot up. A second option is to disable the onboard sound and/or modem on your motherboard's setup screen. I think you press the DEL key when your PC first starts up to get to the screen.

If these are not onboard you can simply remove them from your PC because it sounds like you are not using them anyway.

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XP and Gateway
by bowacl / August 1, 2007 4:54 AM PDT

Altho I am not positive this is your problem but on my Gateway I had to create manually the back up CD's of the Full Factory Install and then another set for the Drivers and Software that go with the computer. The option is in the Gateway Recovery Console when you get the computer. I found out the hard way when I flip flopped between Vista and XP and didn't make this back up stuff, I was able to unhide the recovery partition and install the Recovery Console and make the recovery CD's so I could get the computer back to normal.

The Restore CD provided with the computer from the factory is only the Operating System, you are suppose to use the CD you created to install the drivers and any software you want that originally came on on the computer.

This saves Gateway from having the make a batch of Restore CD's that only go with certain model but leaves the consumer responsible for the driver/software and full factory restore back up, of course if I had read the stuff with the CD I would of known that before I messed mine all up.

In short I ended up with the Restore CD from Gateway (operating system only), the drivers and software CD and the Full Factory System restore CD. This option is preferred by a lot of people because they can redo the computer with out any of the factory installed programs and then just add their own altho my Gateway really didn't come with much extra baggage to complain about really.


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