Downgrade to XP and new Sata drive problem

February 7, 2010 at 01:56:08
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Centrino P8400
My PC was running Vista and at boot it reported an immenant drive failure. I drive a recovery several times but still no luck. I bought a new 250G Sata drive and have tried to downgrade to XP pro (during a recent house move I lost all the recovery disks that came with the laptop). I downloaded the sata driver from HP and it created a Floppy disks which I use when prompted at F6 during setup. The driver is ICH7M mobile....windows continues to load and then I get the blue screen...
What is causing this? The bios does not give me a choice for IDE/ sata etc..hence the reason I have to use an external USB floppy.

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February 7, 2010 at 09:58:48
"My PC was running Vista and at boot it reported an immenant drive failure. I drive a recovery several times but still no luck."

Your above account of what happened needs some clarifications but, whatever ... we'll just assume something really bad happened & your machine went kerplunk.

"I bought a new 250G Sata drive and have tried to downgrade to XP pro (during a recent house move I lost all the recovery disks that came with the laptop)."

It would have been nice to know the make & model of the machine that you have. One option in your situation is to order a replacement set of the applicable recovery discs for your model from the manufacturer.

Furthermore, am I correct in assuming that you had an IDE & you are trying to replace the IDE with a SATA disk? If that's the case, how is the new disk connected, is it via an internal SATA to mini-IDE adapter?

"I downloaded the sata driver from HP and it created a Floppy disks which I use when prompted at F6 during setup. The driver is ICH7M mobile....windows continues to load and then I get the blue screen...What is causing this?"

Maybe you downloaded the wrong driver.

"The bios does not give me a choice for IDE/ sata etc..hence the reason I have to use an external USB floppy."

Without the make & model details of the machine, we can't speculate on what is or isn't listed in your BIOS.

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February 7, 2010 at 12:21:50
Apologies for the lack of infomation....
Many thanks for your kind help... I have spent 2 weekends trying to find answers and trying to install XP without any luck:-(
My Laptop is a HP Pavillion DV5 1015ea which was running Vista....it had an existing sata drive with Vista installed.
I lost the disks that came with the machine when I moved house, but to be honest, I prefer XP than Vista...
The smartdrive function at boot told me "immenint drive failure"...I ran the inbuilt test and the drive test got to 65% and then stopped....
Rebooted it many times.....tried the same test...(memory test goes to 100%...so no probs)

I bought a new seagate 160 Gig Momentus 2.5" sata drive which I installed.

Bios tells me the system board is 3603? Processor is Intel Centrino P8400
The driver I installed was I think is the correct one?....I searched the HP site and also Intel and downloaded the file which created the floppy disk which I have used.

Driver I used from the floppy was ICH7M (mobile)
Press F6 and then the setup ask for floppy...which is an external USB one I bought from E-bay just for this problem

XP set up reads and copies the files....iastor and the rest from the floppy

Setup of XP then continues.....and then blue screens....

I have made a slipsteamed CD from XP disk image with SP3 and the downloaded Sata driver using Nlite....and it will not run.....but the CD will run in other machines


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