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acer aspire M5300 low level formating

March 13, 2011 at 08:47:52
Specs: Windows 7 Ult., AMD phenon IIX6 1035T/4gb
I wish to remove Windows 7 by low level formating and use Windows XP ultimate "raw".
I do not wish to use the virtual facility - there are too many incompatibles, see last para.

Acer have protected the relevent drives against deletion and formating and does not recognize the filing system of an "official" XP disc. Is there a disc (to buy) which can get beyond the built in barriers?

At 80 I'm not interested in upgrading my Adobe and Nikon software; the exercise is to replace an aging machhine to provde a simple OAP's toy.

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March 13, 2011 at 08:58:26
The XP install disk will remove any partitions it can find (in my experience). Is the xp install seeing ANY disk at all? Windows 7 machine will probably have AHCI mode set in the bios - if this is so, you need to change it to IDE (or legacy) mode for XP install to be able to access it. Most acer's bios settings accessible by pressing F2 key as machine starts booting.

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March 13, 2011 at 09:00:25
PS. Killdisk (Google it) provides a free disk wipe utility (download CD version - burn the iso file to CD to use).

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March 13, 2011 at 09:42:53
Once you remove all the partitions from your Acer laptop you will have a problem with installing WinXP because WinXP can't natively configure SATA controllers, which you have.

I suggest you proceed this way.

First create the restore disks for your model and put them in a safe place. They may come in handy in the future.

Next, download ALL the drivers from the link below and burn them to CDR.

Now you will need to get a full copy of WinXP home or professional from somewhere.

Next you will need to slipstream the SATA drivers into the files on the WinXP CD that you have copied to your hard drive. You can accomplish that task by using a program designed for that purpose called nliteos. After integrating (slipstreaming) the SATA drivers and the latest service pack for WinXP, which you can download form Microsoft, you need to burn a new CDR using third party software.

If all this sounds daunting then I suggest you just try installing your older programs using a Windows Compatibility Mode. While in Windows 7, go to Control Panel, action center. Choose Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter. I assure you this works.

Even if you still decide to downgrade to WinXP I urge you to create the restore disks BEFORE using killdisk.

Post the names and versions of software you have problems installing. Others can then tell you if they have run those versions under Windows 7 or not.

BTW john, I am not far behind you in age.

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March 13, 2011 at 09:58:30
Gentlemen, hi!,

1.I have both the w7 and wxp (cocher) discs

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March 13, 2011 at 10:02:50
What are cocher disks?

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March 13, 2011 at 10:47:58
Also you may find the hardware is too new for optimised XP Drivers......

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March 17, 2011 at 04:26:57
Steve hello, sorry it's taken so long to reply; I should mention that my knowledge is quite limited:

the combination of Acer and W7 premium does not recognise the filing system of the XP disc = no handshake "it’s thumb to nose at 50 paces",

via the command prompt in the factory set areas of C: and X: these require an installer’s authority - I've not been able to replicate the path to this response again,

the F2 key does not provide the option to which you refer, there's an automatic repair or normal start and failure to chose causes an unstoppable auto-repair,

Killdisk does not go beyond ..../XP/vista/NT

An example in x:\windows\system32> any action brings up "Access is denied" what replaces the dos attribute command?

regards, enjoy the day, John.

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March 17, 2011 at 05:25:41
Hello again, sorry, I was side-tracked,

My reply to Steve D may partially explain the situation and my lack of knowledge doesn’t help viz. slipstreaming the SATA files would be fine – I wouldn’t recognise them if they bit my bum, however, I am doing my homework, I intend to pursue this though, the gent X86 I fear may be right.

A typist’s don’t engage the fingers ‘till the brain’s in motion. I do know kosher.

Since you’re OTH “keep taking the tablets” regards, john.

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March 17, 2011 at 05:33:10

1. Acer do not list my modle an Aspire M5300

2. nlite only speak of XP

Aye, John

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March 17, 2011 at 07:46:51
Didn't you state you wanted to install WinXP on your computer? nliteos is needed to do that. Vista and Windows 7 do not have that problem.

RAW is not a usable file format.

"the combination of Acer and W7 premium does not recognise the filing system of the XP disc = no handshake "it’s thumb to nose at 50 paces",

If the above refers to you trying to use a WinXP CD to install to your internal hard drive the problem is twofold. By design Windows will not allow you to install an older version over the top of a newer one. Secondly is the SATA controller issue.

I strongly suggest you do not install WinXP. Windows 7 is far better and I believe you can get your programs working.

Your system specs seem to indicate you have a custom built computer. Is that correct?

What version of Windows 7 do you have? Is it the 32 bit or 64 bit version? Is it home, professional, ultimate?

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