Fresh Install of XP on Lenovo T61 Laptop

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Hi, Im experiencing problems while trying to install (not re-install) a professional version of XP. I have a two month old Lenovo T61 laptop barely used that came pre installed with Linux SUSE 10 Enterprise. I decided linux wasnt for me and I would like to go back to xp. I wiped the hard drive clean using Darik's Boot and Nuke, http://www.dban.org/. I then tried to install the xp professional cd and it goes smoothly through setup until I press enter (not R) to set up Windows XP now. Then after pressing enter I get the blue screen of "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" and so on. What can I do to get past this? Im fustrated and have searched over and over but have found no clear way to fix this. I have no floppy disk drive for the laptop. Thank you in advance for your help. Ill be quick to reply to any questions or comments.
 
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You've probably run into the fact that XP doesn't recognize SATA hard drives. You could be in for a ride! But first, try this:
Enter the BIOS as the computer boots up. Look for an option to select "Compatible" rather than "AHCI" for the Hard Drive. These names may be different. If you can change it, try the install again.

I trust you have all the drivers for XP for your computer. I believe they're on this website:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-67853.html
 
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