Please help installing xp on a new HP Notebook :(

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Hi Guys,

IM having drama's , i really hate vista and ive got 2 laptops ones a HP DV9518xt Pavilion and the others an acer Aspire 5720 and i cant install XP! you’ve all probably heard this problem before , Going through to install XP and it doesn’t recognise the hard drive or it just cant find it. i read a method somewhere with using a floppy but i dont have floppy drives so i stopped reading there. Could anyone please help me out :( , with these designs would the xp drivers be hard to find? i guess first things first......xp!
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You have to totally wipe Vista from the drive before you can install XP. Go to the HP site and make sure you can get the mother board drivers before you continue.
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Yeah , finding the drivers isnt that much of a problem , its installling XP which im stuck.
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Did you format the drive? MS won't let you go backwards. That could be why you're having a problem.
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I boot from xp cd , go through all the prompts until it looks for a hdd.
But cant find one , ive heard somewhere about it being a sata problem?
but i still dont know how to work around it. so close yet so far!
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Let's start from the beginning. Does the BIOS see the HD? Did you wipe Vista and did you create a compatible Windows partition after that? That's what the installation has to see.
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Ok,

These Notebooks currently have Vista running on them.

I put in the xp cd and boot from it.

it starts up bringing the blue screen scanning and getting ready to install.

you run through the agreement getting ready to find a partition to install on.

at that point a message comes up along the line of "unable to find an avaliable hard disk"

so i cant format or nothing because it wont let me past that point.


i hope that helped.
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I didn't say to use the XP CD to format it. You have to use a boot disk such as madboot, the Ultimate Boot CD or even an old win 98 floppy with fdisk on it.
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Crap , i dont have a floppy drive , there isnt any other way?
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So theres a cd? even if i get through to format how will it find the hard drive?
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You can create a boot CD using one of many programs out there. If the drive is formatted correctly, XP should see the drive. It sees Vista at the moment and won't overwrite it. MS never allowed an older OS to overwrite a newer OS.
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sorry but all the answers above are wrong......

here is what needs to be done to install xp on sata drives......

since all new laptops come with SATA hard drives - windows xp does not see it or recofnized it.

1. go to bious
2. Disable the " SATA Native Mode".
3. Hit F10 to accept then save changes and exit.
4. Now when you reboot it should install fine.
5. When finished go back in and enable the SATA Native mode.
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In case fade21blk's method fails, this is exactly what you need:

http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion ... 561-0.html

Note: You should use method 2

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fade21blk... you are a sweetie,i could have given u a pussy if i had it ... your method is simple n it works just like dick on pussy... no hustle .. thanks.

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