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Unable to install xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vistamakesmecry, May 27, 2007.

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  1. vistamakesmecry

    vistamakesmecry Thread Starter

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    recently, my XP hit the fan. so i only had a copy of vista, and i installed it. but i later found a sealed copy of xp, and so i tried to install it.

    the problem is that xp cannot identify the hard drives. i can only switch them between RAID and ACHI(i think thats how it is spelled). I also do not have the drivers for them. i do have a second hard drive with XP on it, but whenever i try and boot up using that drive, i get the blue screen of death. what should i do?
     
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  3. vistamakesmecry

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    i dont have the drivers for it. i also dont have a floppy disk

    what i do have is a second hard drive with xp installed on it. i could use it, but whenever i try, i get the blue screen of death.
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    You cannot run a PC with a copy of Windows that was installed using different hardware.

    As it force-feeds the driver code to entirely different chips, the PC will blue screen to prevent damage.
     
  5. vistamakesmecry

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    so am i screwed?
     
  6. vistamakesmecry

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    if i bought a new motherboard would it fix my problems? would it come with new sata drivers?
     
  7. Old Rich

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    Floppy drives are dirt cheap . . You can buy a drive and cable for under $15 . . You should be able to download the SATA install drivers from the motherboard manufacturers website
     
  8. ozrom1e

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    The XP on the other drive won't boot because there are no system tracks for it to boot so there fore it will not boot. Even if the XP on the other drive was bootable unless it was bootable on this computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable it will not boot.

    Buying a new motherboard will not help since it is not the motherboard that is causing the problem. What you doi is get the drivers for what you need using a computer that gets on-line and burn them to a cd and make that cd bootable so you boot from it if needed. When doing the installation there is a screen that asks if you want to use the drivers and you do what it asks and they will install from the cd-rom disk.

    Here is a graphical install process that you should be able to follow:

    http://www.internetfixes.com/xp_pro_install/index.htm
     
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    XP's install routine does not have SATA drivers; they must be installed using F6 early in the installation process, and it will ask for the drivers on a floppy drive later in the process.

    What you can do is go into BIOS and disable SATA/RAID.

    Your BIOS most likely will see the drives, but it will see them as PCI/IDE drives. You won't get the speed of SATA, but you will be able to use the drives in UDMA mode until you can find and download the drivers.

    You will have to have a floppy drive to install the drivers for SATA, but you can do that doing a repair/reinstall.

    You're not screwed; you don't need a new motherboard; just need a few extra steps.
     
  10. The_Oracle

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    yet another approach:

    use nLite and slipstream the your SATA drivers into your windows installation CD.

    this is just one of many xp install customization features of nLite.

    Software and guides here:

    http://www.nliteos.com/
     
  11. vistamakesmecry

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    thank you all. i hope these ideas will work
     
  12. vistamakesmecry

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    i have been looking for the drivers and i have realized a terrible truth. my motherboard is the cursed P5LP-LE model. apparently, nobody has the SATA/RAID drivers for them. not even the manufacturers.
     
  13. Old Rich

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    What is the model of the PC?
     
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