start-up problem after replaced Vista with XP

Acer Aspire ax3200-ed5600a athlon x2 560...
December 17, 2009 at 02:23:50
Specs: Windows XP
Dear all,

I own a ACER x3200 with an athlon x2 64 processor.
I tried to replace the original Vista by XP professional.
I changed the bootsequence in the BIOS to CD 1st, HD 2nd.
The first errors occurred because XP installation was not able to access my HD because the right SATA drivers were lacking
I have dutifully collected the appropriate drivers (especially the XP SATA drivers and slipstreamed them onto my XP installation disk).
After some experimentation I succeeded in installing XP, at least, the installation procedure was completed without a hitch.
BUT
Now the fun started . . . . . . .
On startup I could choose between 2 OS: windows XP and windows XP
When choosing either of them, I ended up in the screen where one chooses between Safe mode etc . . .
At the moment I cannot even choose between CD-startup or HD, I am referred to the "safe mode" screen.
Of course I have tried all the available options from that screen but I end up in the same screen again and again.
Ohw and, nowhere in the procedure I was asked for my serial number.
Does this sound familiar to any of you????
HELP!
I have been trying for over a week now, but I can't solve this.



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#1
December 17, 2009 at 02:28:09
Are we to guess about the "BUT"

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#2
December 17, 2009 at 02:31:23
Sorry Richard, I hit the fire button a little too quickly

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#3
December 17, 2009 at 04:36:36
OK why can't you boot into bios?
What key did you previously press in order to get there?
Worst case, take out the hard drive and try to boot.
If necessary get an adaptor and slave the drive into another system so you can wipe it clean.

Q? Did you check that XP drivers are available for the hardware in that system? Some "Built for Vista" machines have components such as soundcards, graphics & network cards for which no XP drivers exist.

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#4
December 17, 2009 at 04:54:52
"...Ohw and, nowhere in the procedure I was asked for my serial number..."

"...and slipstreamed them onto my XP installation..." <<click did you use nliteos?

(self explanatory)


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#5
December 17, 2009 at 07:35:37
Dear Richard and Mavis, thanks for your reactions

ehm, let's see.
OK why can't you boot into bios?
What key did you previously press in order to get there?
Rolf: - I used the [DEL] to get into the BIOS where I changed the boot sequence. When nstalling I was asked to press [F6] to install drivers other than Microsoft. Later in the install sequence I used [ENTER] to install without using floppydrives

Worst case, take out the hard drive and try to boot.
Rolf: How do you mean? Boot with the HD disabled? or really physically take it out. I'm afraid that on putting it i another system I would run into driver trouble again as this is a sata drive.

If necessary get an adaptor and slave the drive into another system so you can wipe it clean.
Rolf - Do you mean there are some residual files on the disk that did not get wiped on reformatting?

Did you check that XP drivers are available for the hardware in that system? Some "Built for Vista" machines have components such as soundcards, graphics & network cards for which no XP drivers exist.
As far as I can see, I have the drivers but if I don't at this stage I cannot find out which ones are missing
And yes, I did use nlite and that seemed to work fine for me.


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