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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:14 am 
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Hello all,

Purchased an A9 yesterday and tried to do a clean install of win 7. I deleted the recovery partition and tried to install windows 7. When I select the drive to install windows I get the message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu". Please help if possibe. i would load the controller driver but not sure where to find it.

Thanks in advance for any response


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:44 am 
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To which drive are you trying to install Windows? The Archos 9 has two partitions, C and D.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:20 am 
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I formatted the drive so there is only one.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:14 am 
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It has been a while since I messed around with hard drives, but you should be able to use the Win 7 installation media to create an active partition. You load Win 7 and use the hard drive tools options; it's either the second or third screen.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:00 pm 
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I'm going off memory, so things may not be exactly as I describe...
Also: messing with your bios can really screw stuff up, so don't touch/change anything unless you know what you're doing. I am providing general information only, and not instructions or guidance. Anything you do is at your own risk.

Use the infrared mouse to move around the selections.
The 'A' key is 'back', the 'keyboard' key is 'select'.

Enter the bios by pressing the 'A' key.
Scroll using the infrared mouse. Highlight (make white) <Enter Setup> press 'keyboard'.

Main
you should see
Primary Master [TOSHIBA MK6028GAL - (PM)]

Boot
you should move the Boot priority order:
1: USB CDROM:
2: IDE HDD: TOSHIBA MK6028GAL - (PM)
3: etc.
4: etc.

Exit
Exit Saving Changes

If all this is set correctly, then you need to set the partition active when running Windows setup. I forget what the selection options are, as I haven't installed from a Windows disk in a while...


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:55 pm 
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miyagi313 wrote:
I formatted the drive so there is only one.

obviate has some good advice. I'm curious though, which program did you use to format and merge the partitions?

By the way, though this is my preference, having two partitions (one for programs and another for data) is a good idea on any system. If for some reason the OS is damaged, one can reinstall the OS without losing the data.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:50 am 
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Thanks for all the solutions. I finally got it working after a few reboots and partitioning the drive. installed win 7 enterprise and loving this tablet. not sure where all the bad reviews came from. I purchased a viewsonic gpad over black friday and returned it, took the money and bout the a9. I wanted the windows 7 tablet but the HP slate cost too much got this for $399. Thanks again.


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