Can't install XP on previous version of Vista

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November 4, 2009 at 10:45:48
Specs: windows Vista/XP, 2 GB
I have an HP Pavilion Entertainment PC Laptop that came with Windows Vista installed. We are in s chool district where all our sysytems are running XP. I have ran FDISK and reformatted the hard drive and attempting to install a fresh version of XP off CD. When I boot off the CD ROM, and I try and select "install a fresh copy of XP" (which I've probably done a couple huudred times), it comes back and says "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer". I have checked this on the web and it points to this being a SATA issue and needing to disable this function, but in the BIOS there is no option to turn it off. And of course, HP would not help due to warranty issues. I am not sure at this point where to proceed. Any help is appreciated.

Mark C.

Mark Chiasson
Hudson Public Schools

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November 4, 2009 at 11:46:58
"I have checked this on the web and it points to this being a SATA issue"

You're correct, it IS an SATA issue. XP does NOT natively support SATA so you have to load the drivers at the beginning of the installation by pressing F6 & then inserting a floppy containing the necessary driver. If your system doesn't have a floppy drive, you'll have to create a new XP disc with the SATA driver slipstreamed into it. Use a program called nLite to create the new disc.

You may also have trouble locating XP compatible drivers for the hardware...especially sound & network. Hopefully you made a note of exactly what hardware you have BEFORE you formated?

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