I have a problem here ! WinXp on new Laptops

By internetspider ·
Hi All

I bought new Toshiba and Acer Laptop the problem is i want windows xp on both systems but when i try Xp says

Setup did not find any hard disk

There is no problem in installing Vista.

Some systems through bios we can disable sata then we can install xp, but i did'nt find something in bios, so the Question is how to install Xp.

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Most likely

by w2ktechman In reply to I have a problem here ! W ...

you will need to add the SATA drivers during the install.

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also possible

by jdclyde In reply to Most likely

there are not any XP drivers for the laptops.

some of the newer systems were coming with Vista only options and no way to go back.

Check the vendors site for driver downloads.

Model numbers are required for anything more than a wild guess.

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SATA Drivers

by TheChas In reply to I have a problem here ! W ...

As W2K Techman stated, you will need to install the SATA drivers in order for XP to see the hard drive.

Almost all new laptops use eSATA hard drives, and XP does not come with a native driver for the newer SATA interface.

If Toshiba or Acer do not offer XP drivers for your laptops, you can try 2 things.

1. Find an older version of a similar laptop and download the XP drivers for it.

2. Download the "reference" XP drivers from the chip-set manufactures web site.

You will need to create a CD or floppy disk with the SATA drivers on it.

Then, startup the laptop with the XP CD.
When the prompt appears for loading a storage driver, make sure to press the key. (F8?).
When prompted for the disk, insert the CD or floppy and load the drivers.

XP should now see your hard drive and install.


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It's F6 .... (nt)

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to SATA Drivers
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Or you may need to create your own Windows Install CD

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to SATA Drivers

Which has the SATA Drivers on the Slipstreamed Disc.

Follow the directions in this TR Article and you will be able to include the SATA Drivers and any Patches into your own personal Install CD

While this was originally written to include SP2 to XP it is also possible to include SATA Drivers for your NB's as most new ones don't come with Floppy Drives and they are a problem to include extra drivers not on the Install CD.


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You'd be surprised how many people don't realize this about SATA drives

by ManiacMan In reply to SATA Drivers

Everyone is so used to IDE drives being auto-detected during install, that people naturally assume the same thing will happen with SATA drives, which can't be further from the truth. SATA and SAS drives are closer to SCSI in reality, and thus will require their own drivers to be recognized by Windows XP, because the XP kernel predates when SATA drives were available. Vista addresses this issue and sees the SATA drives just fine because it has the drives built in already. The same problem existed back then on NT systems, where you had to push F6 to get it to see SCSI drives.

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Another way to do it is to take out the drives..

And connect them up to a pc and then load on the Windows disk, after this just replace them into the laptops. You are only loading on the Windows software and the sata drivers. After this the laptops will run fine.
Just something else to try out.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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go into bios

by lesparza In reply to I have a problem here ! W ...

once in bios go to the hard drive and then sata section under the second tab slect enter and change it from ahci to ide this will allow xp installs

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Same problem different day

by jgates In reply to go into bios

We done the above solutions in the past (changing the BIOS and Slipstreaming Sata Drivers)and they work for the Dell's that we use. We wanted to try the Toshiba Satellite U305-S7467 which does have XP drivers posted but we have had no luck finding a SATA driver that recognizes the drive and there is nothing in the Bios to change either.

Any Ideas?

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same problem with sony vaio's

by clive.wegner In reply to Same problem different da ...

I'm having the same problem with a Sony Vaio VGN-NR285E. XP can't recognize the HD, and there is no setting in bios to change the HD info. I guess the next step is to dig through layers of garbage and get the sata chipset drivers from sony.

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