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XP/Win 7 Dual Boot NDETECT fail?


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#1 TonyTRS

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 03:35 AM

Hi all, first post so here i'll go:

 

Their are some old games i like to play that dont run well on Windows 7/10 so I am try to set my desktop up to dual boot.

 

I tried to install XP first but i keep getting NDETECT failed! before i can boot into the XP installer.

 

So i tried a few different ISO's and USB drives but i keep getting the same error, i used the Win 7 USB to delete all partitions but this didn't resolve the problem

 

I used a Windows 7 USB to divide the target drive into two seperate partitions, installed Win 7 on one and tried again to install XP but again NDETECT failed.

 

I have trawled through google trying to resolve this issue but mostly came up with pages that seemed to be ads for software that seems questionable at best.

 

A few extra details:

 

Its a custom built PC, its not super new and the primary HDD is a SSD, i dont know if that is a problem for XP?

 

I have no optical drive, i am installing from Bootable USB's made with Rufus.

 

Any help would be appreciated cheers!

 

System Specs:

 

Intel i3-3220

8GB RAM

nVidia GT640

ASUS B75M-A Motherboard

Sandisk 256GB SSD

2TB Segate Baracuda (Secondary Drive)

 

 

 

 

 

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 06:55 AM

Please do the following. Open Disk Management. Left Click on the boot disk where you see Disk 0 to select it. Right Click and select Properties. Under the Volumes tab does it list the disk as GPT?  If it does that is your problem. You have a UEFI/GPT disk and XP cannot boot from it. Your MB specs list it as UEFI. A GPT disk is required to boot from a UEFI enabled computer.

 

Can Windows XP x64 read, write, and boot from GPT disks?

Windows XP x64 Edition can use GPT disks for data only.

Can the 32-bit version of Windows XP read, write, and boot from GPT disks?

No. The 32-bit version will see only the Protective MBR. The EE partition will not be mounted or otherwise exposed to application software.

 

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn640535(v=vs.85).aspx#gpt_faq_xp64_boot

 

With your CPU and RAM consider creating a VM of XP using VirtualBox or equivalent.

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1853121/set-virtual-windows-machine-virtualbox.html

 

I believe you will need to enable hardware virtualization in UEFI for a VM or XP

http://www.howtogeek.com/213795/how-to-enable-intel-vt-x-in-your-computers-bios-or-uefi-firmware/


Edited by JohnC_21, 15 August 2016 - 07:00 AM.


#3 TonyTRS

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 03:20 AM

Thanks for the advice mate you where correct it is UEFI.

 

I just finished installing XP with VirtualBox and couldnt be happier!

 

EDIT: Yay! i can play Freelancer, Railroad Tycoon 3 & Underground 2 again :)


Edited by TonyTRS, 16 August 2016 - 05:06 AM.


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:58 AM

Your Welcome,

I am glad Virtual Box is working out for you. Thanks for the update.






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