Solved: HP G71 Laptop - trying to load XP

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romeoluzzi

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I've got the above laptop that came with Win 7 and the hard drive went bad. Replaced the hard drive and am trying to load XP on it, but it gets to the part of the installation where it's starting XP and gets the blue screen of death. I can load Linus on it and Win 7 with no problems. I vaguely remember that there was a similar problem with Vista - that the type of hard drive had to be changed in the bios to load XP on a Vista computer. Is this the problem that I'm now having and is there a way to fix it?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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have u checked ur bios settings and u can also download herin and test out very usefull program for testing
 

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If it came with windows 7 and you want to have xp in there heres what you have to do. Go into the Bios and set it from AHCI which is for vista and windows 7 to run properly and set it to ATA,SATA, IDE, or compatable to run windows xp properly. Then hit save and exit. Then hit F12 to get the boot setup hit the cd drive then pop in the cd and go from there.
 
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If it came with Windows 7, you may have a very hard time finding drivers for your hardware for an ancient operating system like XP. Some hardware types may not even have existed when XP came out. You should search for driver support or you may not be able to use the machine fully after you get XP installed. If it was never sold with XP on it, drivers most likely do not exist and laptops have a lot of proprietary hardware (like Fn keys and touchpads, as well as modems) for which the only drivers available are from the manufacturer.

Going from 7 to XP is like going from a car to a horse and buggy (though I admit he's a very healthy horse). :D
 
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