02-16-2011 06:20 PM
got a new S10-3.. had win7 pre-installed...
>had to RE-install winXP-SP2 on it.. did so.. but had to go to BIOS and set "SATA contrller working mode" to "Compatible"
>after THIS, I SEE 3 partitions
this is how I viewed it in Win7 (disk management)
FREEDOS/simple/basic/FAT32(healthy/system,archive,primary partition) = 14.63gig
unNAMED partition/Simple/basic/ (healthy, OEM partition) = 1.08gig
C: simple/basic/ntfs (healthy/boot,page file,crash dump,logical drive) 133gig
now when I TRY to delete the partion for the "OEM partition", it had a warning, so I didnt touch it..same goes for the freeDOS, but it does indicate I could do so... but I still didnt..
what I did was just reformat the remaining partition (133Gb) using XP bootdisk, DELETE (that) partition and devided them into two... so its about 33Gb(drive C: logical) and 100Gb(drive D: logical)
so I have successfully installed XP in there... BIOS SATA setting WAS on "compatible",else if in AHCI, Bluescreen only
purpose: I just wanted to see the LCD color diffrence with my other netbook running on XP...
anyways, after seing the diff, I HAD to re-install win7 again...
ok now I have installed the win7(BIOS SATA was in compatible mode).. when set to AHCI, I get blue screen.. now that WAS dumb! I should have set the BIOS to AHCI mode while installing win7(did NOT know).. anyways, had fixxed it by tweaking the registry.. now its in AHCI mode (much faster, I agree)
NOW HERE COMES my problem:
>>everytime I start my netbook, I get this startup screen ASKING W/C OS should I boot to.. it shows 4 choices : earlier version of windows/win7/win7/and unrecornized OS on drive C
I choose the 2nd win7 option...then its boots properly....
>>>>when I RE-installed the QS, it NOW asks what drive to install to!!
back before when it had the pre-installed OS, I *never* saw any "what drive to install" notice...
now REALLY I want to "revert" back to the original state this machine was...
>>>a few questions:
HOW was the OEM partition and FREEDOS partition created? was it created BEFORE or AFTER installation of win7 OS? a program perhaps?
IS IT also possible to REMOVE ALL those partitions so this becomes 1 partition only? wont it affect anthing?
Sorry for the many questions, but Im just so clueless as of now....
02-17-2011 02:48 AM
new partitions you saw on xp was already there.it was system/one key recover hidden partititon.
due to you didn't un-install xp, you upgraded or about windows installation, system options has been changed.
right click my computer > properties > advanced > startup recovery > default operation system > then select the default one,
so you can fix boot issue. or just format the whole hard disk and perform clean windows installation.
it'd be more easy & clean way .
02-17-2011 09:55 PM
ok, got it... anyways, I just removed ALL those partitions (now I got about 160GB).. used a clean install of win7...
QUESTION: what program was used to do THOSE partitions?
I REALLY miss the way the QS installs first time (when I havent un-installed the preloaded win7 OS) ... it did NOT ask WHICH drive to install... seems like it had a mind of its own.. lol
or do I have to install or edit any registry( or anything) to do this? I really would like to install the QS on a "phantom drive" w/c could NOT be seen by file explorer....
02-18-2011 03:57 PM
can you show me link/s as to how I can recreate that partition again? what program was used to create it?
im not so interested with the one key recovery, just the QuickStart one...
02-19-2011 08:42 PM
02-20-2011 06:14 PM
ok.. I do have a USB DVD drive ..
arent there any other applications/programs w/c could do similar tasks re-creating it?
AFAIR, It had a 15Gb(for OKR I presume) , a 130Gb(for the win7 OS) , and a 1Gb?(for the QS?)... Im just interested with the QS only... how I had installed it before, WITHOUT asking w/c drive to install to... that is how I remember...
ANYWAYS, here is the REAL (slight) problem(or annoyance) I have right now.. note THIS was NOT the way it used to start up when I had not removed the pre-installed win7. the moment I press QS button, will boot and take up about 11-12seconds:
OK.. unless I CLICK any app, screen goes blank a few seconds, then it will FINALLY show the buttons(lower right) and the app chosen will start....
it wasnt there before... is this thing normal? or could I do something about it? I find it really annoying.. a few seconds MORE of waiting + the 11-12seconds boot-up of QS...
02-21-2011 03:22 AM