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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Re: Trying to downgrade to XP
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".
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.
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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As for your problem Toshiba is not did not bother creating a Windows XP compatible drivers for the Model L500-018 as it is their high end Notebook for the year 2007 and discontinued it on 2009. what you can is to upgrade from Windows Vista Home to Vista Premium for more functionality and XP compatibility or upgrade to much better Windows 7 as the Vista drivers are accepted by windows 7 OS.
hello , friend its very easy to do that, steps are 1. insert bootable cd/dvd VISTA.home premium DVD. 2. Boot from tht cd and start the installation.
3. Format the whole HDD and create new partiotion as there is facility of doing this before installing.
4. Remember format whole disk. and then go for installations . 3. once it i completed install all video, audio e.tc. drivers. 4. if you dont have that drivers pls download it from toshiba site by entering the toshiba serial no
Problem : When Windows XP was made there was no concept of SATA drives now ur drive is SATA and ur installation disc does not contain drivers for ur Hard disk thats why it is unable to find ur hard disk as it doesnt recognize it u need sata raid drivers on ur windows inst cd
simple solution: get WINDOWS XP CD with SP3 it contains support for sata drives
this specific model of Toshiba was shipped with vista OS and drivers now u are downgrading it to XP it depends on the installation disc if it is new one like SP3 included then u would have never faced this issue in ur case u should get a RAID driver from www.intel.com and then include them in ur copy of windows XP cd to load them at the startup of installation , so u need them in the first place to carry out installation, u have to do some job here download RAID DRIVERS from www.intel.com select ur board and chipset either it is 945 or 965 gm and then download nlite a software used to integrate these drivers to ur inst disk , u can also include SP3 thru this software in ur current win xp cd
just download sata drivers from intel and nlite from the link and install the software integrate these drivers and burn ur cd incl them and then install normally as u were installing them earlier now it will recognize ur drive simple for more info how to do check this out
after windows XP installation u will have one more task to find drivers for ur notebooks with XP support but it is the next step if ur some hardware like modem / sound/ doesnt work then i can help more
pls let me know if i can help u more and rate me FIXYA if i have fixed ur problem
I found it on their site:
And Yes win Xp seem to be supported
Yes you can downgrade it to windows xp. go to toshiba website www.toshiba.com and from there you can download the drivers for Windows XP. befor installing Windows XP please download the Network driver and save it on a CD or any other driver. Then install Windows XP. Install the network drivers, connect to the internet and install the other drivers required.
Let's start by not calling it a downgrade, Vista hasn't proven itself to be an upgrade yet.
I have litterally done hundreds of Vista to XP swaps at my shop. Don't be affraid to do an XP reload, manufacturers have realized the mistake of not offering XP drivers for thier hardware and now have them on thier site. Out of the machines I've reloaded with XP, I've only run into a couple of Acers that I had to break down to get the info from a video or sound card. You shouldn't have any problem loading it yourself.