Laptop: Remove Vista, install XP

Gateway / P-6822
December 31, 2008 at 10:46:19
Specs: Windows XP, T5250 / 1 GB
First off, I realize this topic could go in the XP section as well, but I felt that it would be better suited toward those who are hhaving trouble with Vista already installed on their laptops.

After two years I finallly managed to get a clean copy of XP on my "Vista only" laptop, and want to share this information so that it may help others.

In December 2006 I purchased a Gateway P-6822 laptop. Like EVERY other laptop in the stores in my area, it only came with Vista. There was no "downgrade to XP" option, either. I chose this particular model because of preference.

Specs: 230 GB hard drive, 1 GB ram, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5 GHz T5250.

I did a clean reinstall of the Vista disc that came with it, and used "Diagnostic Startup" with msconfig in order to get it to boot in reasonable time.

That wasn't good enough, so I tried installing XP and it would not detect the hard drive. Long story short, here is what I ended up doing to get it to work:

* If your hard drive is SATA (pretty much standard these days) you will need to search the manufacturer's site for a floppy disk SATA driver install package.

* You will need a USB floppy drive for installing XP.

* Copy the SATA drivers (should be denoted as "F6 drivers" or similar) to a blank disk.

* Have the USB drive connected. It should automatically map as A:\.

* Go into BIOS and find a setting for ACPI Compatible and set on.

* Now install XP normally from the CDROM, and when it says "press F6 to install third-party drivers", press F6 and follow the options to get the SATA drivers from the disk.

* Complete setup as normal.

That worked for me after much research and frustration. Now the laptop boots and is ready to use in 15 seconds instead of five minutes (no joking). I hope this info is helpful.

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December 31, 2008 at 16:31:34
Message: Is the usb floppy part of it set in stone (for the defaulting to A: drive? sorry my mind is not following I've been up 2 days on this SONY Vaio FE series that came with vista home and DID NOT come to me with the recovery or boot cd/dvd's. Never been too much of an issue in the past.. accept trying to load drivers or just d/l them with no NIC card... Like trying to get CREDIT with no or low credit. but somehow I can always figure it out. This is going to be the END of me if I don't get it soon... XP Pro gets through to the needing to reboot to continue setup, I get a POST and then the XP logo with the knight rider "KIT" lights scrolling then either a blue screen like a CHKDSK at boot screen saying continuing setup or after xp logo a black nothing screen and 2 min of HD light flicker and thats it any ideas for A halucinTING moron that needs sleep.. don't have usb floppy

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December 31, 2008 at 22:43:25
I was having a similar problem, but in my case the XP logo would appear and the system would reboot thereafter.

As far as the USB floppy drive, I cannot see any other way around it, since I don't think you can use a network drive during XP setup. I tried using the drivers burned onto a CDROM and it didn't work either, it specifically looks for the floppy drive.

That was my experience with it. If anyone knows of any other way to get it to work I'd be interested. As it is now, I am stuck with a useless Vista license and out 100 bucks for the extra copy of XP I needed to buy.

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December 31, 2008 at 22:45:59
Also, it sounds like it could be a BIOS setting. As soon as the computer boots there should be a message "press F8 to enter setup" or similar. Press it, and look for an ooption called "ACPI compatability" and set to ON.

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December 31, 2008 at 23:43:57
All you had to do was use nLITE to create a Custom XP CD with RAID Drivers....

On modern PC's ACPI should be on by default..

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January 1, 2009 at 19:02:34
I'm not a fan of Vista but I wouldn't have replaced it...I would have repartitioned the HDD & installed XP on the 2nd partition, creating a dual boot.

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