When I tried to install XP, the installation kept crashing at various points in the install. Sometimes it would crash right away, other times it would get all the way to the point where it had copied the files, and was beginning the actual installation. And when it "crashes", what it does is it powers off the computer.
I did a little research, and determined that the problem was likely that I had an SATA drive installed, and XP didn't recognize it well enough to complete the install. If I had the Intel version of this notebook, there is apparenlty an option to disable SATA in the BIOS, but on AMD machines, there is no such option. So I was advised to use "F6" during the install of XP to install a third party driver. I downloaded the XP driver for the SATA drive, and tried to install.
However, I quickly learned that, when installing XP, the only way to install a thrid party driver is with a floppy drive, which the computer doesn't have. Searching for a workaround, I found several programs that claimed to be able to integrate my new chipset drivers with the XP install, but none of them worked. I still had the same problem - the XP installation would simply shut the computer down at various points in the install. Could it really be impossible to install XP on this computer? HP has drivers for XP on its website that I can download, so the computer must have come with XP installed as an option. I just can't figure out how to install it.
Anyone have any ideas?
Edited by Tom V, 18 October 2010 - 09:04 PM.