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About Slipstreaming a Disc for installing XP?


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#1 taylert123

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:04 AM

I'm trying to make a slipstream disc so I can dual boot with XP and vista. I have made the extra partition, and after finding out that XP isn't currently compatible with my hard drive (SATA) I found I need to make a slipstream cd with nlite.

I downloaded the driver for it off of Dell's website, but I don't know which one of these to pick : http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff83/ta.../streamslip.jpg

I have a Dell Inspirion 1525.

Can someone step me through the rest? Do I need any other drivers initially?

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:42 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_...ows_xp_on_a.htm

Download page for all XP drivers for Inspiron 1525,
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...n&TabIndex=

XP SATA driver: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=248844

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:20 AM

What makes you believe that XP is not compatible with your hard drive? XP is compatible with any hdd that is large enough to load it on.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 04:27 PM

XP is compatible with any hard drive, but the installation isn't compatible with SATA drives unless you have the drivers, that's why I'm slipstreaming.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 04:47 PM

There will be a point in the installation where it will ask you to install the drivers. The SATA drivers are specific to the motherboard.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 05:13 PM

Ok! I got it to work past that point, and now my problem is that when I get to the point where I select a partition, I click "C" to Create Partition, and I get the error message: "Setup cannot create a new partition in the space you selected because the maximum number of partitions already exists on the disk." When I did this, I had 4 or 5 partitions, one with my OS, a recovery partition, a "DELL Media Direct" partition, a very small partition that I didn't know existed (it's about 23 mb), and the partition I made for the installation. What should I do?

[edit] I found out using Computer Management that the small partition is 34 MB and all it says it's used for is "EISA Configuration."

Anyway, I right clicked on the partition I made for XP and clicked "New Simple Volume." There was a little wizard I was used and I think it was going to assign a drive letter and make it NTFS file system, but it gave me the error "You cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partitions."

[edit2] There is another partition I found that's only 2.5 GB but, as far as I can tell, it's not used for anything. I read up and found out you can only have 4 primary partitions, and I think it treats the 2.5 GB one as a primary partition. Is there anyway for me to make that not primary, so I can install XP? Could it have been left over from when I had ubuntu? The only options it displays are "delete volume."

lol, [edit3] I found out the 2.5 GB one is for dell media direct. I don't actually use this, but I think my buttons for volume up/down/mute are linked to that and won't work if I delete it... So that's a no go because I don't have any way to easily do that stuff with my keyboard except that. So, I read up and found I could change one of the partitions to add logical partitions? I don't know, it's getting confusing.

Edited by taylert123, 22 November 2008 - 07:04 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2008 - 06:14 PM

Max of 4 primary partitions per hard drive.

What's the point of saving 2.5GB volume that you no longer use?

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:52 AM

This topic can be closed!



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Posted 26 November 2008 - 09:16 AM

I have an idea for the mods reading this and (probably) marking as whatever before whatever.


OK say I start a thread, and it gets solved. I should then be able to mark it as solved, and/or lock it. Just an idea, throwing it out there...

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:38 AM

What would be gained by such?

Often...users think a situation is solved...and it is not.

But what would be the gain if your suggestion is implemented?

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:29 AM

The ability to mark a topic as solved so it would be easier to distinguish between solved and unsolved.

As well, the ability to delete/close a topic that is not needed ^^(see above)

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:30 AM

I have an idea for the mods reading this and (probably) marking as whatever before whatever.


OK say I start a thread, and it gets solved. I should then be able to mark it as solved, and/or lock it. Just an idea, throwing it out there...


We have a forum tilted "Bleeping Computer Announcements, Comments, & Suggestions", where you can make suggestions like this.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:50 PM

I, for one, am against the closing of a thread. Say, for example, a problem is fixed and the thread is closed. Then someone comes along with a different solution that will work - and is much easier than the solution that originally solved the problem. How can they add this?

Another example - say you've got a similar problem and you've been following that thread - and it's closed, but you haven't fixed your problem yet. Or, say that the preceding is true for you, but you need some clarification on how to do it - why retype everything?

Also, some users don't understand how to use the forum - and end up posting in the thread that they're looking at. If the thread was closed, they'd just go away. This way, if they post incorrectly, a mod can split their post out into a topic of it's own - thereby helping the user and making the forums neater.
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