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Installing Windows XP on Ubuntu in Dell inspiron 1420

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by socrates2008, Oct 25, 2008.

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  1. socrates2008

    socrates2008 Thread Starter

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    I got a dell Inspiron 1420 from my colleague. He had installed Ubuntu (Hardy heron 8.04) Now I want to install Windows XP on it. While running Windows Xp setup I receive a message "Harddisk not detected" Installation doesnt go ahead. Please guide on how to solve this issue
     
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    Maybe you have a hardware problem. But chances are that the disk was formatted with one or several of the many formats that Windows does not understand. You will probably have to first partition the disk the way you want it and then format the Windows partition as NTFS (or FAT32).

    The Windows install CD should be able to handle the partitioning and formatting or you could use something like Gparted.
     
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    Yeah, it is a fact that you need the SATA drivers to be able to install XP on your laptop (it's actually true for most if not all computers made after (probably) 2006).

    nshapter's guide is actually pretty good.
     
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    :DThanks for the props, I didn't write the guide though, just googled it. I can say that I have tried these steps and found them to work for 32 bit winXP sp2.

    I had a similar situation, inherited this laptop at work and it had it's former owner's passwords all over it and (n) vista (n) install disks only.
     
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