I did read that somewhere recently. When I put my computer's serial number into the Gateway support documents my computer's information came up despite the fact it was 5 years old. It showed that it originally had a 20 gig 5400 rpm HD, type of motherboard, etc etc etc. I did some digging in the motherboard section and it said Note: This can be flashed to a newer version.
For one, I don't know how to do that... Is there a how-to tutorial?
Here's my hard drive, I even bought it from staples. I got it on sale for a lot cheaper though.
By the way, what's so bad about Maxtor hard drives? I spoke to a few people and got mixed reviews. Mixed reviews meaning, everyone spoke very highly of them assuming they don't hit any roadblocks as I have... Other than that a lot of people gave them a thumbs up.
Here's the deal. I have three hard drives. The original IBM 20 gig hard drive, which I'm not using, I have the 40 gig Western Digital hard drive that we upgraded to like 3 years ago, and I also have the new Maxtor 200 gig hard drive.
When I unplug ALL of the hard drives and plug in the Maxtor 200 gig hard drive ONLY and boot up the computer, it says "Error Loading OS."
When I unplug ALL of the hard drives and plug in the Western Digital 40 gig hard drive ONLY and boot up the computer, it says "NTLDR is missing. Press Alt Ctrl Del to restart."
So either way with either hard drive, I CANNOT get past the error barrier that I spoke about above.
Now I spoke to my cousin, despite the fact he's about 600 miles away and hard to get ahold of with our conflicting schedules (he works day shift, I work night shift + full time college) he's a master at what he does. He told me that something is seriously wrong, and I should try to boot off of the Windows XP disc in order to do a fixboot or something or another. Anyway, the computer won't even give me the option to boot off of the disc. He instructed me to get into the BIOS... Well, here's problem 287 on the list! I can't get into my BIOS. PERIOD. I even spoke to a Gateway rep who looked up my serial number and said with that particular motherboard the key I should be hitting to get into the BIOS is either F1 or F2. Neither work. None of the F-keys work, Delete doesn't work, nothing, period. To me, I cannot get into my system BIOS. I tried everything.
Here's my thoughts:
We have a 2 year old Dell computer upstairs. We = it's the family computer. Here's what I'm thinking... I'm thinking that I should unplug the hard drive of the upstairs Dell computer and plug in the Maxtor 200 gig hard drive, or even the Western Digital 40 gig hard drive that I'm having problems with. (remember, each one has it's own problem, but with either problem I can't get past it).
So I'm thinking of going upstairs and installing Windows XP THROUGH the Dell computer onto the VERY hard drive(s) I want to use for the downstairs Gateway. Then, put the hard drive back into the Gateway. When I would boot up, since the Dell would of installed everything I needed, wouldn't I be right by saying the Gateway should EASILY boot up?
At this point I'm so aggrivated over this I'm about to just go out and buy a low end Dell or Gateway tower and just upgrade it later on. Being without a computer as a full time college student is not really an option right now... Since I also work full time, I have limited time to cart my rear end all around campus (where I commute to, so it's not like I can walk outside and go down to the library) to use their computers.
ANY help would be appreciated... I'm desperate.