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Aspire M5640

By terry ·
I am trying to downgrade this Acer Aspire M5640 to Windows XP home, every time I boot to cdrom it starts to load and gets to where it says it's opening windows I get the Blue Screen of death, any Ideas ???
Terry

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More information please...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Aspire M5640

what have you done during the downgrade process?
Hardware details, please?

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Try wiping the hard drive

by nepenthe0 In reply to Aspire M5640

Darik's Boot & Nuke (freeware) will do the job:

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Create a bootable CD from the iso file with CDBurnerXP (freeware):

http://cdburnerxp.se/

At this point, the Windows XP Home CD should format the HD and begin installation. You will need to determine whether you want FAT32 or NTFS file system. Windows XP operates faster with NTFS, but NTFS takes up more sector space.

If Windows still won't load, try formatting with a 3rd party utility such as the Seagate disc tools freeware:

http://tinyurl.com/yvq99t

In addition to the formatting utility, run the diagnostic utilities to check the health of the hard drive.

Please post back in this thread if you still cannot install Windows XP Home.

Rick/Portland, OR

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RAM?

by TheChas In reply to Aspire M5640

Usually when you get this type of error when loading the XP install CD, there is an issue with the system RAM.

You might try reducing the installed RAM by removing a module and then reinstalling it after you have XP installed.

It could also be an issue with the CD ROM not working with the DVD drive. Have you tried using other CDs in this system?

You also may need to go to Intel's site and create a floppy for the SATA driver. If you need the SATA driver, your best option may be to create a slip-stream XP CD with the SATA driver added to it.

Chas

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