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Trying to downgrade to XP

Have a Toshiba L305-S5865 that shipped with Vista Home Premium. Have been attempting to "downgrade" to XP. Problem is SATA hard drive. XP installation CD does not recognize it. Have tried using nLite to burn a new install CD with embedded drivers but still no luck. Maybe I don't have the right driver(s.) Drive is a Toshiba MK1646GSX. Pentium Dual T2390 and Intel ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI controller. Any suggustions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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You need to set up whats called a 3rd party driver before the installation.
Check this link out, it worked a treat for my mate:-
http://www.eqhighoctane.org/cgi-bin/anyboard.cgi/anyboard9/general?cmd=get&cG=130323&zu=313032&v=2&gV=0&p=

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Hi There

This a complex one, but I found others had the same problem on the web. The following thread re. an Asus laptop, might have some useful pointers for you, eg. their suggestion - "make sure the BIOS is set for the SATA to be used in IDE mode".


Here's the link:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-243981_14_0.html


Hope this is helpful.

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Not sure if you want to get rid of vista or not.
Vista is a nightmare to me but i have come up with some workarounds that work for me. They are clunky but here goes:
I have an original win98 install disk.
That allows me to open the computer to partitioning the harddrive. I had never done this until last year and I will always do it till I die.
Win 98 will format and partition. YOU WILL LOSE ALL FILES ON YOUR COMPUTER USING THIS METHOD. If that is not ok STOP NOW.

If you are still here, after you format both partitions, install 98 on both partitions. That will allow you to upgrade to XP. Install XP on both partitions
If you get this far, make a folder in each partition and copy the entire XP disk into each partition. I use a funtastic shareware called TOTAL commander. It is my guide to happiness on the computer. I have used it daily for over 15 years.

Now name the folder using the 25 symbol install code. That way
you will be the administrator of both partitions and depending on which one you boot to, you will be able to install XP on the other rather quickly. I have done this a number of times.



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If still garanteed do nothing otherwise format the hard drive including the recovery drive then install xp.vista is ??.this is easiest way.if still garanteed try going to where you bought it ask them to put winxp on.hope this helps.

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