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Installing XP on HP m8120n

I wan to get rid of Vista on this machine. I get blue screen while installing XP. It has SATA hard disk. XP does not come with SATA Driver. I used nLite to add SATA Driver on XP Bootable disk. Still blue screen. probably SATA driver is not good or not recongnized. Thinking to use floppy disk and F6 to install driver from Floppy. But before I buy the Floppy drive I want to find out if there is anything else I can try.

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The Blue Screen of Death (also known as a stop error, BSOD, bluescreen, or Blue Screen of Doom) is an error screen displayed by some operating systems, most notably Microsoft Windows, after encountering a critical system error which can cause the system to shut down, to prevent damage.
Bluescreens on NT-based Windows systems can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware. In the Win9x era, incompatible DLLs or bugs in the kernel of the operating system could also cause bluescreens.
Bluescreens can also be caused by physical faults such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. Bluescreens have been present in all Windows-based operating systems since Windows 3.1; earlier, OS/2 and MS-DOS suffered the Black Screen of Death, and early builds of Windows Vista displayed the Red Screen of Death after a boot loader error.

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    Fernando Cruz Dec 05, 2008

    Try to check all the hardware connected on your motherboard specially the memory...

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