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Windows Xp won't start after installation

July 8, 2011 at 04:23:26
Specs: Windows 7, 1GB
i recently sent my pc to the shop and ask the guy to install windows 7 enterprise and add some ram and i found out that this OS doesn't support via s3g unichrome pro igp graphic driver like what i had in previous windows XP. i cant play any games or open any of my software for working like Adobe Photoshop, After Effects or Sony Vegas and can only open paint.

i want to install windows xp again by doing it myself at home. after installation the computer reboot and STUCK at the screen that says "press any key to boot from disk.....". i try to remove the cd from the drive and restart it. it also stuck at the same screen but this time of course it doesn't say press any key to boot. i had tried 4 different installation disc and versions of XP that:
1.i buy,
2.i burn using this computer,
3.i burn using friend's computer and
4.i burn at the school library.

still it doesn't start. then i install windows 7 using an installation disc and it run perfectly. my friend had a exact same problem that stuck at the same screen except that i can't boot windows XP and he can't boot any version of windows 7.

so can anyone help me:
1. on how to install VIA S3G UNICHROME PRO IGP on windows 7
2. how to resolve my windows XP cant boot problem.

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July 8, 2011 at 04:42:12
Are you using a SATA hard drive?

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July 8, 2011 at 05:01:17
testing 123

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July 8, 2011 at 05:04:35
yes i am

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July 8, 2011 at 05:13:41
WinXP does NOT natively support SATA controllers. You either need to supply the drivers at the very beginning on a floppy disk, or slipstream them into the files already on your WinXP CD. You can use nliteos to perform the slipstream operation then burn the resulting files to CDR. You can also slipstream SP3. If your CD does not include any service packs you can't install WinXP to a partition larger than 137GB. You need at least SP1. I recommend you slipstream SP3.

Below are two links. The first is to nliteos, the second to SP3.

If you want to continue using Windows 7 maybe you can add a graphics card. Your integrated graphics are very low end anyway so you can't play new games well, if at all.

Before installing Windows 7 you, or the shop, should have verified your computer was capable of running 7. Are there any other hardware or software problems with Windows 7 on your computer?

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July 8, 2011 at 05:28:28
there's no problem using windows 7 so far except that the toolbar ain't aero because my integrated graphic are low.

adding graphic card was the only solution i found when i first noted that my integrated graphic is not supported by windows 7 but i need to change the motherboard and other things because this computer is old and i was told that it doesn't support new or high power graphic card. that's a lot of work.

i gonna try that slipstream then. if still can't i will buy a graphic card or stick to my gaming alienware laptop then. i hate laptop ==

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July 8, 2011 at 06:38:01
With a laptop, you're screwed on the video. Build a good desktop.

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July 9, 2011 at 00:28:13
slipstream doesn't seem to work because i already had installation cd with service pack 3. look's like i have to accept the fact that i can't install a Windows Xp on my computer.

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July 9, 2011 at 06:59:17
Apparently you don't know how to slipstream. Vista & Win7 will install because they DO support SATA drives "out of the box". XP does not. To be able to install XP, you have 3 options:

1. install the SATA/RAID drivers at the beginning of Windows setup by pressing F6, then loading the drivers from a floppy. If your system doesn't have a floppy drive, you have to try one of the other methods:

2. enter the BIOS & change the SATA setting to IDE compatibility mode (or something similar). Each BIOS calls it something different, but you should be able to identify the setting.

3. create a new XP disc with the SATA/RAID drivers slipstreamed into it. To do that, you will need nLite & know how to use it.

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July 9, 2011 at 07:06:18
Yes, as mick stated above, you need to supply the SATA drivers when installing WinXP on a SATA hard drive. I only mentioned SP3 if you needed it. The key is the SATA drivers. You need to get them from the manufacturer of your motherboard or chip set.

If you have even a PCI slot available you can install a graphics card that will be better than your on board graphics.

Post the brand and model of your computer or the motherboard, if a custom PC.

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July 9, 2011 at 07:26:12
computer: can't find any brand any where except for the Samsung speaker that comes with the computer

motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-8VM800PMD-775-RH

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July 9, 2011 at 07:35:22
You have an AGP 8x slot for a graphics card. You should be able to buy a decent card for that motherboard to play games.

mick is better qualified to recommend what to buy. I suggest you just stay with Windows 7 and buy a graphics card.

First, go to device manager and verify all the hardware is working properly and there are no yellow or red punctuation marks by any hardware.

Below is a link to the motherboard specs and drivers. There are no Windows 7 drivers available but Windows 7 may have configured the hardware anyway.

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July 9, 2011 at 07:43:36
at the device manager there is no yellow mark except for "Other devices" at the "Multimedia Controller, "Multimedia Video Controller" and "PCI Modem"

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July 9, 2011 at 08:12:12
but sir... can we stick on how to install windows xp on my pc? i mean... i need a tutorial on how to use Nlite based on my problem. slipstream the SATA driver and sort of things or what you said earlier that i need to supply the SATA drivers when installing WinXP on a SATA hard drive.

sounds like i need something that has something to do with SATA driver and put it in the Windows XP installation CD.

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July 9, 2011 at 09:42:47
You will need .NET framework installed & along with the nLite program. You will also need the XP disc, the SATA/RAID drivers, & if your XP disc doesn't already include SP3, it would be a good idea to slipstream that into your new disc as well. I posted the nLite guide at the bottom of response # 8. The rest is up to you.

"at the device manager there is no yellow mark except for "Other devices" at the "Multimedia Controller, "Multimedia Video Controller" and "PCI Modem" "

That's because you haven't installed any of the drivers.

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July 9, 2011 at 11:42:16
As mick stated, many of your devices are not working and Windows may not have drivers for them.

You are probably best to revert back to WinXP.

Read the nliteos help files. If you can't figure that out then you probably won't be able to burn the new CDR either.

Do you have a floppy drive installed in your tower? If so, you don't need to slipstream.

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July 9, 2011 at 22:29:01
before i go on. i want to ask something. i know you found me annoying but i kinda confuse actually.

my problem is that windows xp can't start after installation which mean

boot xp from cd--> format diver C--> install xp at driver C--> reboot after installation is done--> stuck at the "press any key to boot from cd" which will be followed by windows xp start logo even after leaving it for 2 hours

you guys told me to supply the SATA driver from the very beginning of the installation which i found it is a way to solve another problem. from my experience that is done if you can't detect the driver like this :

what i was trying to ask was... will supplying SATA driver which already been DETECT by the XP installation solve my problem?

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July 10, 2011 at 08:02:24
I don't understand the question. How could WinXP detect the SATA driver if none is present?

Maybe I can shed some light on this issue. Windows doesn't actually look for the hard drive. Windows looks for the drive controller. If you look in Device Manager on a working Windows system you will find listings for both the controllers and the drives.

So, the BIOS can see the SATA controllers and SATA drives so it may attempt to install WinXP to a SATA hard drive. However, opon rebooting WinXP can't configure the SATA controller which supports the SATA drive.

Get it now?

When WinXP was written SATA hard drives had not yet been invented. Therefore, WinXP can't configure the SATA controllers.

I asked you if you had an internal floppy drive. If you have one you can copy the SATA controller drivers to a floppy disk and supply that disk at the beginning of the installation process. There is a message at the beginning to hit F6 is you need to supply any third party drivers. That is when you do it.

If you can't figure out how to perform the slipstream and burn the resultant files to CDR then I suggest you install an internal floppy drive and use it to supply the drivers.

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