Maybe you have to check what is listed in device manager and remove any USB ports with a in front of them, and let windows redetect them.
edwin, I checked that hoping to see a problem there, but I saw no problems.
The gateway site has an update for chipset and usb for our model. Are you game?
Do you believe your troubles came from using the windows path for bios rather than booting from a floppy?
I may take a look into it. Maybe if my drivers were reinstalled it would recognize the USB ports.
There's too many variables involved flashing from a mature windows install...
please explain why it was working once we got through the recovery procedure?
I believe it was because I tried to flash in a windows environment that caused the problem. I had software running in the background which most likely caused the problem. As Edwin recommends, so would I, flash it from the boot CD just as he had me do.
donfox, I appreciate the help, but that is exactly what I did do, when I got the successful recovery (as also described above, though I worded it differently).
Also, when I format the disc before copying, should I select make disc bootable, or does this file automatically boot from a
If you format it before copying, do not make the disc bootable, those files will be installed by the drdflash.exe onto your floppy when you run it. Though if drdflash.exe first formats the disk as Edwin states, and then installs the files on your floppy, it will erase any files you had on the disk and still work as it should. Just remember to copy the files as I described above.
If you cannot see the files after making the hidden system files visible, then I would recomend refreshing your screen. You can do this in several ways, but the easiest way is to just hit F5 on your keyboard while your A drive is selected. (Sometimes you have to refresh). If you still cannot see your files after all this, then get yourself another floppy. They have a nasty reputaion for being bad right out of the box. (I have literally had as many as 1/3 of the floppies from a box be bad, believe it or not). I really think that the manufacturer is the reason for this because I have also had several boxes where very few of them were bad.
As edwin stated you should not have to edit your autoexec.bat file, but mine looked like this when I flashed.
The first two lines are really not important, but make sure that iflash is there. You can right click the file and use "open with" and then select notepad to do any editing or viewing of the file. If "open with" is not available on your system (that can be easily fixed), but just open notepad (start/all programs/accessories/notepad) and (then click file/open) and go to the location of your autoexec.bat file. In order to see your file when trying to select it, go to the bottom of the "open" box and change the "files of type" from 'text documents' to "All Files". Once you make your changes (if you wish to do so), then save before you close it. Please note that I put all the detailed steps in here for those who might not be aware of them.
I hoped this helped. I am going to look at the new chipset and usb drivers and post what I think about them a bit later. Maybe a simple reinstall of the drivers will force them to operate correctly.