I have recently purchased a Presario CQ61-410 US ( [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834107043"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834107043[/URL]) and am now trying to install Xp Pro on it. I am having major difficulties.
After a lot of googling, I found these guides ( [URL="http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operating-systems-and-software/General-XP-Downgrade-Guide-for-HP-Laptops/td-p/83267"]http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operating-systems-and-software/General-XP-Downgrade-Guide-for-HP-Laptops/td-p/83267[/URL], [URL="http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html"]http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html[/URL]). I tried both solutions to no avail; I would still get a blue screen after during the initial install. Then I realized I have the AMD chipset, and thanks to this thread ([URL="http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/driver-support/422183-xp-drivers-presario-cq-61-310en.html"]http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/driver-support/422183-xp-drivers-presario-cq-61-310en.html[/URL]) was able to find the Raid drivers, slipstream them with Nlite and begin. The SATA hard drive was readable, and the installation commenced.
Here, though, is the rub. I am able to get through the basic install screen (F8 I agree, partitions, etc) and through the first "GUI" install screen (Agree to EULA, "Your Screen May Flicker for a few Seconds" etc). However, after that install and when the computer restarts and goes to load XP, I get the XP splashscreen for maybe 1-2 seconds, then the system reboots. I have no idea why. I know the install I am using is solid (it is running tried and true on another machine), and I have tried making a second boot disk, but every time I encounter the same problem: splash screen for a second, then restart.
I am not concerned about the other drivers, as I have Driver Genuis Pro. I just need the OS to load so I can run it!
A few bits of information:
1. The BIOS (which is the worst BIOS I have ever encountered, it does not let you change basically anything except for the Date and Time) has a field, grayed out, that says "Factory Installed OS: Windows 7". The only fields you can change in BIOS are the date and time. It is, by far, the worst BIOS I have ever encountered.
2. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 and it is running fine.
3. The XP Pro I am trying to install is 32 bit, SP3.
4. I have never, ever, had this much problems with an install before.
Anyone have any ideas? Thanks much in advance.
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