Trouble intalling XP after running DBAN.

May 15, 2011 at 18:16:58
Specs: Used to be Vista
I ran dban on my 3 yr old acer laptop. I then tried to install XP. It starts loading, but when it gets done, and ready to actually install, I get the blue screen o' death. Repeatedly. Now what?

Btw, I'm not remotely tech savy so please, speak slowly and use small words (and direct links.)


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May 15, 2011 at 18:49:10
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What is on the blue screen? Words? What words? They will give us an idea of what is happening, but not always.

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May 15, 2011 at 18:56:32
Why did you run DBAN when you can prepare the drive with the XP disc? Is it a SATA drive? Did you change the controller setting in the BIOS or load the SATA drivers by pressing F6 at the start of the installation?

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May 15, 2011 at 20:34:45
Blue Screen - something to the effect of windows has been shutdown for your protection, etc. It came up every time I tried to load XP pre DBAN, as well.

I dont know what sata is, and atevhie friend told me to run dban, bevause my computer was pretty well screwed up. And no to F6.

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May 15, 2011 at 20:58:55
Then is sure didn't have any thing to do with dban.

What did you use to reload the laptop?
Nothing short of a Acer dvd or recovery partition [guess that is gone now if it existed] will work right.

If you have other internet access you could see about downloading the needed files or ordering the recovery cd if available.

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May 16, 2011 at 05:27:38
"It came up every time I tried to load XP pre DBAN, as well"

There's a little tidbit of info that should have been stated in the original post. DBAN has nothing to do with your problem.

"I dont know what sata is"

The "old" interface bewteen the HDD & motherboard was called IDE or PATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment). The new interface is called SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). XP was released before SATA went mainstream, therefore it doesn't support SATA HDDs "out of the box". You can NOT install XP to a SATA drive without 1st loading the SATA drivers by pressing F6, or by changing the SATA controller setting in the BIOS to "IDE compatibility" or "legacy mode", or by creating an entirely new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

You didn't bother to list your system specs, but if it's only a few years old & originally shipped with Vista, it's very likely you have a SATA HDD. That means that XP will NOT install unless you use one of the methods outlined in the link I posted in my other response.

Before you made this decision to go with XP, did you check to see if XP drivers are available for the rest of your hardware? You'll need them for the motherboard chipset, video, sound, network, wireless, etc. These drivers probably won't be on the XP disc either. Remember that XP is 10 yrs old, so obviously any drivers included on the disk are at least 10 yrs old as well.

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