emachines 350-2303 windows 7 to windows xp?

January 6, 2011 at 23:15:18
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb

this 350-2303 emachine came pre-installed with windows 7 starter and it runs alright but i'd prefer to go back to XP because its more customizable and i have a feeling it will be faster

So i'm trying to install XP via usb thumb drive and it boots the XP installation up to the point where it asks which hard-drive to install, i see no internal hard drive, it doesn't see it....i get to press S and select a list of sata or ahci but none work

is it because emachines has other utility partitions or because i'm missing a driver during that setup process to see it?

i used similar USB XP install for my Aspire one a110 netbook which had linux preinstalled and I got XP fine on that but i'm stuck with this emachine not being able to chose my internal drive for install for xp

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January 6, 2011 at 23:43:58
got it to work

went into bios changed sata to IDE instead of AHCI

just a heads up for others out there who might run into same problem as me

i'll try changing it back to AHCI after windows xp is installed

okay so changing it back to AHCI after xp setup results with restart of computer so i changed it to IDE

BUT i did get AHCI to work, i had to go into device manager under iDE controller and update driver forcing it to take the AHCI and rebooted with ACHI enabled and it worked

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