Reboot Loop after downgraded Vista to XP

February 14, 2010 at 22:03:29
Specs: Windows XP
I recently formatted my girlfriend HP notebook. It originally had windows vista on it and i wanted to put xp on it because that's the only OS I have on hand and she wasn't quite enjoying Vista. I used a XP SP2 cd that i slipstreamed a ton of HDD drivers on because i couldn't disable SATA in BIO. I finally got it to format and install xp but after it finishes copying windows files it gets stuck in a reboot loop. It asks if i want to start in any of the safemodes (with networking etc.) or normally. Every selection does the same thing. It brings up the windows logo with the loading bar underneath (doesn't animate though) and then imediately reboots. I can't figure it out. I'll be very upset if I messed up her laptop. I just wanted to help and give her a fresh format and set it up so it'll run faster and less crap that the original factory install came with. I just wanted to help. I hope someone can help me. Thank you

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#1
February 15, 2010 at 05:30:05
it has a restore partition, might want to use it. What is the model number?

larry


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#2
February 15, 2010 at 08:56:16
All i can find on the bottom is S/N CND9094VS9 and P/N NB242UA#ABA. Only other number I saw was the Pavilion dv7-1267cl. What do you mean by restore partition? I saw 3 partitions. The one I installed on was grouped with one that was only 8mb and the other one was grouped on it's own with the same amount of space as the installed partition. those 2 were unpartitioned space though. Hope that gives you more info.

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#3
February 15, 2010 at 12:42:10
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

To run a recovery when the computer will not start into Windows, turn on the power and press the f11 key to do a recovery from the recovery partition.

larry


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#4
February 15, 2010 at 12:52:48
I don't think the recovery partition is there anymore. I formatted completely because I had no intention of going back to Vista. Now I'm just trying to get XP to work on it but everytime I reinstall it, it gets stuck in a reboot loop after I enter in what I want the computer name and admin to be. I don't think Recovery is an option but I'll give it a try. The only partitioned space on there is the xp install though.

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#5
February 15, 2010 at 14:02:19
you did not need to delete the recovery partition to install xp. While vista was running you had the option to create restore cds/dvds, from the recovery partition, do you have them?

larry


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#6
February 15, 2010 at 14:13:15
I don't have any :( I do have my roommates vista cd now but I'm just confused as to why I would need any vista recovery cds or anything. I'm not looking to put vista back on, but if there's no way to get xp on there then I don't really have any other option.

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#7
February 15, 2010 at 15:06:54
I know you want xp but, vista is better than nothing. The xp cd you are using sounds homemade, has it ever been successfully used before? after the point where it copies files and reboots, remove the cd, let the computer reboot and ask for you to put it back in.

larry


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#8
February 15, 2010 at 15:10:40
I have used it successfully before. I actually also got ahold of a xp sp3 cd which i did not need to slipstream any drivers onto and it came to the exact same issue. I tried taking the cd out and it had no effect on it. Still asked what mode I wanted to start in and then rebooted.

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#9
February 15, 2010 at 15:34:33
if the recovery partition has been formated and, is no longer accessable, delete all partitions, recreate partitions and install xp on the first partition. although you should not have to install xp on the 1st partition, I have run across a situation where it would not install on any other but the 1st.

larry


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#10
February 15, 2010 at 15:40:14
Ya it wouldn't let me install on any other than the first partition. I'll try deleting them all and recreating both before installing. I did however disable windows automatically restarting on error in safemode and it just blue screened instead of restarting. Don't know if that means anything to you. I appreciate all the help here though. I'll let you know if your suggestion fixed the issue.

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#11
February 15, 2010 at 15:44:00
format the partitions to

larry


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#12
February 15, 2010 at 16:46:23
I booted windows setup with the new sp3 cd I got. I deleted all partitions. I formatted the D: Drive and it immediately brought up the option to format the C: Drive. So I did. Went through the whole installation process again up til after I enter the name and timezone information and it rebooted and went right back into the loop issue. I ran a diagnostic on the Hard Drive too and it passed with no problem. I found out too that the Vista DVD that I obtained is a different version than the cd key on the laptop itself so I couldn't just install that. So if I can't get XP to work on it I'll have to find some way of getting a Vista Home Premium OEMAct CD.

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#13
February 15, 2010 at 17:03:51
Also want to add that the blue screen states

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

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen apprears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xBACCF524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

and my partitions look like

238473 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 ahci7xx [MBR]

C: Partition1 [NTFS] 238465 MB (238392 MB Free)
Unpartitioned Space 8 MB

238473 MB Disk 0 at Id 1 on bus 0 ahci7xx [MBR]

D: Partition1 [NTFS] 238465 MB (237186 MB Free)
Unpartitioned Space 8 MB

Hope that helps.


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#14
February 15, 2010 at 17:24:27
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

googling the error seems to indicate you need to supply the correct sata driver during the install

larry


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#15
February 15, 2010 at 18:10:22
So even though the SP3 CD gets through the initial install it still conflicts when trying to start up again? So I should figure out which SATA driver I need to for laptop and provide it when i'm prompt to hit f6? if so how would i provide it without a floppy drive?

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February 16, 2010 at 04:20:48

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#17
February 16, 2010 at 09:40:05
I tried slipstreaming xp boot cds a few times with a few different drivers. All of which came to the same problem. Maybe I'm getting the wrong drivers but I can't seem to find anywhere that tells me what SATA drivers I need for this machine. And I can't find what brand harddrive is on it anywhere or even when i look up the specs of the model online it just says 500gb SATA.

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#18
February 16, 2010 at 11:22:04
I got it! I found a driver on a forum that looked promising and tried slipstreaming that onto my original sp2 cd and it made it passed the BSOD.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operat...

Now all I have to do is get all the other drivers working on it but at least I made it passed the issue. I thank you so much for helping me out. I really appreciate it. The past day has been hell trying to figure this out. Thanks again.


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#19
February 16, 2010 at 11:35:03
"Maybe I'm getting the wrong drivers but I can't seem to find anywhere that tells me what SATA drivers I need for this machine. "
Yea, I couldn't find it either but, I am glad you finnally found it and resolved the problem.

"Now all I have to do is get all the other drivers working on it but at least I made it passed the issue. "

I don't see drivers listed for XP. Plenty for vista, that could be a problem. might have to determine the chips used and go to the manufacturer, ie.. realtek, broadcom, AMD, etc......
still might not work

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

larry


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