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Install XP/sp3 on toshiba portege R500

Xp does'nt reconice the harddrive (vista does)

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  • regamoks Jan 03, 2009

    The portege r500 is supplied with vista sp1 and i formatted/partitoned the hd with the tool active disk image.



    i'm able to boot/install vista from a bootable vista dvd.



    the xp disk is with sp3 integrated but the problem is the lack of reconation of the disk controler

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Sounds like you have a pirated version of xp including sp3.theres many of them around.problem is some of them have the wrong sp version written to them.if you have another xp disk boot up and install it then google for sp3,download it and install it.if you already have xp iinstalled and your problem is with sp;just google for it and download correct ver.
I have sp3 ver for xp/xppro.(sp3enu)
I could send it to u in email ext.
also wanna try IE8 ...its in a beta a the moment but the security and load/download speed are great.

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Do you have XP or Vista installed on your laptop?
Does you laptop boot up into Windows?
What steps are you doing in trying to install the Service Pack?

You have to install the correct Service Pack for youe laptop, these were released in 2008.
SP3 is for Windows XP.
The service pack for Vista is SP1

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