01-07-2019 07:44 AM
My SSD failed so I had to replace it.
Upon replacing the drive I have encountered a few issues in regards to installing windows.
It fails finding the hard drive and I need the sata driver for it to see the SSD.
The SSD is visible in BIOS (legacy support)
However, the laptop does not recognise any USB memory sticks (even though they are powered on)
USB options are enabled in BIOS as well.
I have tried both Windows 7/10 - 64 bit versions and it fails at the same part.
Even so, if it worked with the USB I doubt it wouldve found the Sata driver listed in the downloads as its a .exe file
(I later extracted all filed to USB) listed here on lenovo support
I can't even find the chipset driver on AMD's website - extracting the .exe too.
I need the Sata driver so I can merge it on the windows installation itself and make another .iso
Laptop is Lenovo g505 - amd a6-5200
I know the driver is available somewhere as I was able to install my old SSD with windows 10 without errors.
Any help is appreciated.
01-13-2019 06:24 PM
01-15-2019 08:54 AM
01-15-2019 02:52 PM - edited 01-15-2019 03:06 PM
I called technical support and they said that I have to reinstall windows, and I explained I couldnt, so they didnt have a solution to my problem.
Its always been on legacy mode, and the SSD is visible in BIOS.
I switched the sata mode from AHCI to compatible(IDE) and It went past the initial issue I was having, but when it got to copying windows files it failed with error code 0x8007025D
I know what the issue is, I need the SATA Driver for the install.. and as I've explained I cant see it or extract it from the only driver on the lenovo support (.exe) all thats in the .exe is display and audio for some reason.
And when I have the driver I have to mount it on the windows .iso for it to work as the laptop does not recognise any usb devices to search for drivers (it cant even boot from a usb, cant detect anything, yes usb support is enabled)
Ive tried everything possible, every combination in BIOS. I even swapped out the DVD drive as I had one spare. I even used a mechanical 1TB hard drive and the issue is still occuring.
It wont even boot up a linux install.
I even ran MEMTEST 86 and it passed.
I would appreciate it if this could be escalated, as the drivers should be available to download individually (like all other manufacturers) and not in one huge .exe file
I dont see why this is so complicated, All I want to do is reinstall windows on this laptop.
01-19-2019 12:25 PM
01-19-2019 12:26 PM
01-24-2019 05:40 PM - edited 01-25-2019 02:24 PM
Nothing shows up when I select UEFI only. No hard drives, no cd drives or usb.
When I select legacy, only the cd and hard drive is detected.
Any usb that I plug in lights up but doesnt communicate. (have tested this on my main pc and the usb and usb cd drive work perfectly)
I managed to upgrade to the latest BIOS without going through windows, and nothing has changed.
I honestly think the board is defective in some way. It cant detect USB (to boot from) or even when I go to select the driver from the windows install (driver missing please load etc) nothing shows up.
I actually found a backup of the old Hard drive, restored the back up and it wont load windows with the error code :
0xc000225 winload.efi (missing or corrupt)
So I went further and used the install disc to fix the issue, (fixboot/bootrec/sfc/)
and although they said successful when I entered each command it done nothing.
It wouldnt run startup repair/system restore/go back to previous version.
I've set the BIOS back to default, and tried every configuration.
Both linux and windows(7/8/8.1/10 64bit) won't install. I really dont know what else I can do.
Ive uploaded pictures of my BIOS on imgur: