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stevenamills
07-17-2008, 12:59 AM
Twice recently, I've installed XP on an HP machine with a bunch of memory reader slots. On both occasions, the boot disk ended up being Drive H: - C,D,E,etc. taken up by the memory slots.

This has caused a problem both times as some software (e.g. SURPRISE some hp drivers) insist on using Drive C:.

Has anyone else run into this?

steve

As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that I may be able to unplug the reader from the MB before installation. HMMMMMM

robert152
07-17-2008, 02:21 AM
Yes, this has occurred to me a few times. I just make it a practice to unplug all card readers. So your thought was a good one ;)

Phishie
07-17-2008, 02:40 AM
This happened to me once and I ended up totally screwing up Windows by trying to change the drive letters around. But this happened to me when I was switching a dead hard drive with a new one that already had XP installed on it. I ended up getting pissed off and reformatting and it worked for me. :confused:

generalj
07-17-2008, 04:28 AM
or you can go into bios and disable it, that way you don't have to open the machine up.

NWPhotog
07-17-2008, 01:19 PM
As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that I may be able to unplug the reader from the MB before installation. HMMMMMM


That was what I was thinking.

Simmy
07-17-2008, 01:21 PM
Change the boot order and the hard drive order in the BIOS perhaps?

The Birddog
07-18-2008, 06:35 AM
During the XP installation, keep creating and deleting partitions (without formatting) and eventually you will have the option to install on C. Done this loads of times when I worked as a field engineer for Dell.