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VISTA Acer Laptop (My Boss's) - Replace it wi

Acer Aspire 5535 notebook
November 11, 2009 at 04:05:48
Specs: Win Vista Home Premium, 1.9ghz/ 4gb
VISTA Acer Laptop (My Boss's) - Replace it with XP - Help Fast

I need your help on this one.

My boss recently bought an ACER Aspire 5535 laptop with pre installed vista home premium.
He wants me to delete vista and install xp, cause he is used to xp os, from his previous laptop

I have used the ee-recovery management and made a a backup dvd of the os, as requested by the system.

It has 250 gb sata hd in 2 partitions:
c: 80 gb
d: 110 gb (that is odd, it is more than 250, now that i think about it)
No Floppy

Actions Taken:

1 . I want to format c and install win xp.
2.I have downloaded all drivers from acer.
3. i changed the boot sequence at bios, so dvd rom boots first.

When i enter the win xp cd to install, the process starts, and just before i get to the screen where I can choose to repair or to forma, i get a blue screen and a msg:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer

if this is the first time you see this screen.....

check for viruses......

Technical information:
**STOP: 0X00000FB..........."

I understand that VISTA doesnt let me to install a new os. When i take the xp installation cd out,
vista loads as usual


1 Am i doing something wrong?
The installation xp cd is working, cause i ve used it before on desktops.
Moreover, i used another xp installtion cd with sata+raid support but gor the same screen.

2. i have downloaded from acer all drivers for the laptop for win xp. one of them was

SATA AHCI Driver. How do i use this one? should i somehow incorporate it to the xp installation cd?
Am i gonna be asked for this specific driver?

3. am i gonna lose the second partition? this is the first time that i am replacing vista with xp without a floppy disk

If someone could give me step by step info on how to do the new install, it would be great

thanks guys

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November 11, 2009 at 06:36:52
You could slipstream -- via nLite -- the SATA driver into your Windows XP install image & reburn the disc for installation. But, IMO, the easiest fix is to switch the SATA controllers operation from AHCI/Native SATA to IDE mode & just use your current XP disc. You should be able to accomplish the controller switch from the BIOS menu.

Once that is done, you should be able to install XP without a hitch. After the installation is complete, I would strongly suggest installing the SATA drivers so that you can switch the machine back to SATA/AHCI native mode without triggering a BSOD, but we'll set that aside for now.

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November 11, 2009 at 06:58:05

that is what i did and after i changed it to IDE , everything works fine.

Right now i am formating the c partition, and i will be installing XP soon.

After the installation completes (and since i have the driver), what is the procedure to change back the BIOS setting to AHCI, Do i still need to buy a usb floppy drive, or can i do it through a usb key?

I would really appreciate it if you go me through the steps.

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November 11, 2009 at 09:25:02
You do not need buy a floppy drive, the links below are variations of how to get the AHCI re-enabling done..

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November 12, 2009 at 01:58:18
Thanks you ve been very helpfull,

i have installed it, updated, everything works fine.

Now i will follow the links and i will get it done.

Will i have any problems if i leave the setting to : IDE?

i mean is it gonna crash or affect the performance? cause i dont want him to bring it back a few days later telling me that it has a problem


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January 20, 2010 at 19:34:19
HoLY HELL !!! I had issues for almost a friggin' hour on this SATA/IDE ACHI/orig issue!

Switched it too "old school" non-AHCI & VOILA!

thanks millions!

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