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Downgrade to XP Toshiba L305

Pls help me to find SATA drives to be integrated on XP Installation CD.
I already formatted Hard disk by changing the SATA to "Compatible". But the embedded Ethernet is now lost (impossible to install because of the BIOS don't use the SATA mode)
If I change to SATA mode, then I can't boot.
Thanks for your help and time,

Hugo

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  • krishavi Nov 01, 2008

    I hyave problems Downgrading to XP

  • The Tech May 11, 2010

    Could you please tell me your problem more specifically, are you trying to install XP but cant boot?

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Seems like you need to check the MOBO vendor for updated drivers for your sata

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Author: DJ Oslo
Date: August 18, 2007
Description:
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Step 1.
Create a directory under My
Documents where you will
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XP installation CD.
Step 2.
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Step 4.
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Step 5.
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Step 6.
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Step 8.
Step 9.
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Select the first driver.
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Select all the items to
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Step 13.
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Step 17.
Step 18.
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Step 20.
Step 21.
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Step 23.
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