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Installing Xp Onto Sata Hard Drive


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#1 Will_Decay

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 08:58 PM

Hey all,

I recently bought a dell inspiron 1720, it comes with Vista home premium, now I just dont like the program, its slow and eats ram and I just dont like the lay out of it. Installing XP wouldnt be that hard only the inspirion has a sata hard drive and XP wont regognize it.

I've followed THIS TUTORIAL to make a custom XP disc (I used an xp disc with sp2)

I replaced the driver download link with one off dell's website for the inspiron 1720 and extracted the exact same driver file.
""SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)""

Even with the updated disc when I try to install windows xp onto the laptop, it starts to install and then just says incompatible and asks me to search for a solution and says there is none.

Any help you could give will be greatly appreciated.

(I can post any screenshots you might need, just let me know)

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:29 PM

try going into bios, boot options, set sata support to ON. Not all bios menus are the same, you may have to look around, but it's a common option.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:42 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=205611

I downloaded and extracted to a folder on my desktop, looks like the floppy drivers would be there

those would be what you would have to slipstream into the xp driver cab files

the download is 324 KB

Edited by DaChew, 20 February 2008 - 09:44 PM.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:44 PM

Well...if they made a system designed for Vista drivers...and didn't provide any XP drivers...I imagine that you'd have a problem trying to install that SATA driver (which doesn't exist) into XP when prompted.

I mean...I would not be surprised.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:48 PM

Louis,
looks like it's old enough for xp

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...&hidlang=en
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:28 AM

I saw that link...there's certainly no harm in trying to load XP on it...we shall see (I hope) :flowers:.

I guess that I don't really have a clue about these systems that come with Vista installed and reflect no XP drivers. I'd like to think that XP can be installed.

I may have :thumbsup: (I don't swear it, I never deny the possibility of fuzzy thinking on my part) been thinking of some reference to this situation: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931760

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Edited by hamluis, 21 February 2008 - 11:38 AM.


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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:31 AM

At DaChew's link, just click on the down arrow next to "Windows Vista 32 bit" and select XP as the OS.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 02:03 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=205611

I downloaded and extracted to a folder on my desktop, looks like the floppy drivers would be there

those would be what you would have to slipstream into the xp driver cab files

the download is 324 KB


The driver files, would I need to slipstream all of them or what. I only have a basic understanding of this stuff from what my cousin explained to me, I kinda need simple instructions.

Thanks for the help everyone, I appreciate it.

Edited by Will_Decay, 21 February 2008 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:17 PM

You might be able to set the sata in bios to native or ide mode and not need any drivers, try that

Edited by DaChew, 21 February 2008 - 05:17 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:49 PM

I went into the BIOS menu and set it to ATA but im still getting the same error message.

Edited by Will_Decay, 21 February 2008 - 07:02 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:28 PM

Even with the updated disc when I try to install windows xp onto the laptop, it starts to install and then just says incompatible and asks me to search for a solution and says there is none.


what kind of xp disk is this, i have never run into that message, it just tells me that it can't find any hard drives
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:50 PM

Screenshot 1
Screenshot 2

Thats what the message looks lilke, the xp disc im using is the one described in the tutorial link from my first post.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:55 PM

PART II: Installing XP and the Drivers

Okay, now that we have the actual disk, we are half-way through!

a. Insert the disk into your machine and follow the installation instructions for Windows XP, putting in whatever information you need to along the way. Once this is done, proceed to the next step.


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He left out the part where you set the computer to boot to the cd and insert the cd then finish booting up and follow directions for a clean install

Edited by DaChew, 21 February 2008 - 09:02 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:26 PM

How do I set the computer to boot?
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:08 PM

Configured with a 2-GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics card, the 1720 proved an agile workhorse and gaming machine. Its WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 75 puts it in the top 10 percent of currently tested notebooks.


are you sure you want to do this, that last question would seem to indicate that you have a lot of homework to do before attempting a relatively advanced operation?
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