Installing XP on a Dell

Gigabyte / Nvdaacpi
April 26, 2011 at 05:22:52
Specs: XP Media Center 2005, 2.8/1gig
Have been given a Dell desktop that originally had XP Media Center edition installed. Unfortunately a previous owner had Vista installed on it and it appears to be a hacked version so the new owner wants to put XP back on it. However, it didn't come with any disks, and there's no backup/recovery partition. I initially tried using a Media Center disk from another model Dell, but this blue-screened at 'Windows is now starting', so I tried an XP Pro disk - this blue-screened at the same point. I tried a different, clean, harddrive in it - same result, blue screen at the same point. Just out of interest I tried installing from a Vista disk, and it worked!. So has anyone got any suggestions as to why XP will not load where Vista does? - I now suspect this was the reason for Vista being on it when the guy got the machine.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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April 26, 2011 at 07:11:05
The problem is probably in your Bios settings. Find a setting in your bios called something like "SATA Device Mode". Right now it is probably set to AHCI, but to install XP it needs to be set to IDE.

Hope this helps,
Dan


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April 26, 2011 at 07:30:03
Thanks for reply - there's no mention in the BIOS of AHCI, but under 'SATA settings' there's only a choice of RAID or Automatic RAID/ATA - the default is RAID, & that's the 'recommended' one, but I changed to auto/ATA & it seems to have worked, at least got past the previous blue screen point. Many thanks.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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