my problem is to install windows Xp on laptop

Dell Inspiron 15
May 31, 2009 at 01:32:24
Specs: Windows XP
i hve got preinstalled windows vista and i am not happy with the vista i am moving to the windows xp service pack 2. i know how to install xp on assembled PCs , But this is first time i am installing this on laptop. everuthing is going easy like on PC. but in the last while it is starting of windows instalation i m getting blue screen, it showing error like my hard disk is curpated or virus infected. please help me i wll be thank full to you.

for more information my laptop make is Dell.
model is Inspiron 15.
procsesor :core to duo t6400

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May 31, 2009 at 05:10:31
Most probably, your notebook has SATA hard drive, which Windows XP does not recognize. Therefore, you have to feed SATA drivers of your hard disk before Windows XP starts to install.

When Windows XP was released, SATA hard disks were not common. Therefore, Windows XP does not have SATA drivers integral with it.

You may try feeding SATA drivers thru an USB flash disk or better integrate SATA drivers into Windows XP install disk.



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May 31, 2009 at 08:41:19
It's not clear from your post how far you got in Windows XP Setup, or whether you booted the computer from the XP CD to install it.

Quote the exact message you got on the blue screen, or at least quote the Stop error if you got one.
If it had a STOP error, quote the first part of it
e.g. Stop: 0X000000xx

You must boot the computer from the XP CD.
In order to do that, the XP CD must be in the drive while booting, and a CD drive must be before all hard drives in the mboard's bios Setup boot order settings - usually it already is by default - if that is correct, the bios detects the bootable CD while booting, and you see a prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD..." or similar - you press the key while that text is still on the screen to boot from the CD, but for a Windows CD, you DO NOT press the key while booting after Setup has started - Setup will reboot the computer several times on it's own.

SautCINI's info only applies if Setup doesn't find your SATA hard drive after the initial loading of the files from the XP CD after you start the actual Setup procedure. If Setup did find your SATA hard drive, which is very likely what it is, his info does not apply.

I have found most recent mboard bioses are set to IDE compatible mode by default when you first get the computer or the mboard. This especially seems to be the case for recent laptops, because, otherwise, you would have to make yourself a slipstreamed CD with the XP CD contents with SATA drive controllers integrated into it, and boot the computer with that, in order for XP's Setup to find the SATA drive - pressing F6 and providing SATA controller drivers requires you have the files on a floppy disk in a floppy drive - more recent laptops do not have floppy drives, most USB connected floppy drives cannot be recognized by XP's Setup, and it cannot find driver files you provide on a CD or a hard drive or a USB flash drive, etc., at that point in Setup.

If Setup doesn't find your SATA drive, or if your optical drive is SATA and the XP CD does not even load any files (or it may not boot despite the boot order bios settings being correct), it's far easier for you to set the SATA controllers to IDE compatible mode or similar in the mboard's bios Setup. Then you can run Setup no problem , it will find your SATA drive, and if you want to run the SATA drive in SATA mode, you can load the drivers for the SATA controller(s) and change the bios settings so the SATA controllers are in SATA mode after Setup has finished.

Whether XP Setup finds your SATA hard drive, or your SATA optical drive if that's what you have, depends on whether the computer mboard's bios has the SATA drive controller(s) in IDE compatible mode or similar or not.
If that/those SATA drive controller(s) are in IDE compatible mode or similar, you do not have to press F6 at the beginning of loading files from the CD and load SATA controller drivers in order for Setup to see your SATA hard drive, and in any case, if your optical drive is SATA, the bios probably must be in IDE compatible mode, otherwise you would not be able to load files from the XP CD in the first place.

XP's Setup reboots the computer several times. If everything goes right for each stage of Setup, you will see " rebooting the computer in 15 seconds" or similar - if you didn't see that something went wrong.
In the first stage, if Setup finds your SATA drive, the actual Setup procedure itself begins when you chose it, and many files are loaded to the partition you chose (in this case, you will have to delete the contents of the first partition, then choose to partition it again, which will also format the partition in one combo step).
In the second stage of Setup, you have a graphical interface, and support for many things is loaded, and hardware devices are detected. If Setup has problems detecting a hardware device properly the time countdown timer may stall a long time at the same "xx minutes remaining", and you may get an error message, possibly on a bluescreen, or the screen may simply go black, the computer reboots, and the CD will start the second stage of Setup from the beginning again. In that case you have to figure out what is causing the error, or the reboot before the second stage has finished loading. In the case of a laptop, you could try re-seating the ram after removing the AC adapter and the main battery (see your User manual) , and/or unplugging everything you have plugged into the ports on the computer while running Setup.
If the second stage of Setup is successful, Setup re-boots the computer again and finishes loading Windows.

At what point in that did you get the blue screen?

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May 31, 2009 at 14:16:45
If notebook manufacturer set AHCI mode as the default value for the HDD controller in BIOS as my Toshiba notebook P300 is set, then Windows XP will not install if you do not feed the necessary drivers.

The user may himself set COMPATIBILITY mode as the default value for the HDD controller in BIOS, then Windows XP will install. Otherwise, Windows XP will not install.

Edit: See also this:



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June 1, 2009 at 13:52:15

I'm not suggesting that your info is wrong - I'm just suggesting that even if the SATA controller(s) is/are presently set to SATA mode, it's probably easier for him to install XP from a regular CD when the SATA controller(s) is/are set to IDE compatibilty mode. You can easily do that in most bioses.


"Dell Inspiron 15"
is a "family" of laptops, not a specific model - the specific model probably actually has 4 numbers, and each specific model can often have several different combos of hardware and/or Operating System versions.

You can determine which specific model you have here - preferably by it's service tag number:

If you use the Service Tag number, you can probably find out the exact specs of the hardware you have too.

E.g. two models that came with Vista are 1520 and 1545.

Going by the number in the URL, this appears to be about the 1545 series of models?:

If you're going to be installing XP from a regular CD, rather than a custom Dell XP CD supplied with the computer that already has the SATA drivers built into it, when you don't have a floppy drive, it's far easier for a laptop, at least for someone who doesn't have a lot of computer know-how, to set the SATA controllers in your bios to IDE compatibility mode or similar, then after XP Setup has finished, install the main chipset drivers, the specific SATA controller drivers, and any other drivers the regular CD did not have the drivers for (get them from the driver/software downloads for your model on the Dell site - if they don't have drivers that work or also work for XP, you may have to find them elsewhere) and then set the SATA contollers in the bios to SATA mode or similar (e.g. AHCI mode).

When the mboard has (a) SATA drive controller(s), IDE compatibilty mode is labelled various ways in a mboard's bios Setup, depending on the brand of bios, the manufacturer of the mboard, or the brand name system builder, which usually has a bios modified by, or for, the brand to their specs.
e.g. Compatibility mode, IDE or EIDE mode, IDE or EIDE compatibility mode, PATA mode, ATA mode (which is a bogus label since both IDE (PATA) and SATA drives are ATA drives), etc.

I've looked on the Dell web sites many times for specific info about what settings you see in the bios, especially regarding this subject - there is usually zero info in their Owner's or Service manuals for the models about this subject, or for that matter, very little or nothing about bios settings.

In this case, I tried searching the Dell site with various relevant words - on the second page of results of one search I found some info about the settings for the Inspiron 1520 - even if you don't have a 1520 specifically it's likely your bios has the same settings regarding the SATA controller mode.

The bios Setup SATA setting for IDE compatible mode for the 1520 is ATA
also - you must disable the Flash Cache (Turbo memory) module

Once you have installed the SATA controller drivers, you can set the SATA mode in the bios Setup to AHCI (SATA) mode, and enable he Flash Cache (Turbo memory) module.

Found in this thread for:
"Inspiron 1520 and Vista - Constant hanging and freezing "

By any chance did you have that problem in Vista? If so, the thread tells you what the solution is.

Dell has directions for installing XP from scratch here, but it appears they're assuming you're using a Dell supplied slightly modified XP CD that already has the SATA drivers built in and that you don't need to change SATA bios settings:

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June 1, 2009 at 22:19:47
Dear Tubesandwires,

My Response #3 was made in an attempt to bring more clarification to my previous Response #1.

So no offense taken. However, it is very kind of you to take the burden to explain.

By the way, your Responses in all posts you respond to are very educational and enlightening.



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June 2, 2009 at 19:28:43

Thanks for that.


Are you still looking at this topic??

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June 2, 2009 at 23:35:33
Yes, from time to time. I am curious to know if the original poster has resolved his issue and most importantly, how.

But unfortunately, almost all posters do not come back with their solutions.



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June 4, 2009 at 19:50:01
An XP Disk with sp2 slipstreamed should me good. Thats the same problem I had I used a XP SP1 and had the same problem. I slipstreamed sp2 and all was good.

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June 5, 2009 at 07:11:56
ChrisG (ChristopherTGarret)

I have seen absolutely no evidence the the XP SP1, SP2, and SP3 updates have any added SATA controller drivers included in them that are not on the original XP with no SP updates at all. (The same applies to other things, such as monitor drivers.)
You probably enabled IDE compatibility mode or similar in the bios when you tried various things, and that's why the slipstreamed CD with SP2 updates included worked, unless you also slipstreamed the SATA controller drivers you needed into it and you haven't mentioned that.

If you make a slipstreamed CD in order to have the SATA controller drivers integrated into it, of course, if your original XP CD does not have SP1 or SP2 or SP3 updates included, you might as well integrate SP2 or SP3 updates into the slipstreamed CD contents too.
e.g. If your original XP CD has SP1 updates included, you can skip making a slipstreamed CD with SP2 updates included and integrate SP3 updates into it instead, as well as integrating the SATA controller drivers you need into it.

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