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Probably because you have a SATA Hard Drive. If you want to install WIN XP, you may need to change your hard drive settings. For this go to the BIOS and change to Compatible Mode or IDE or Non SATA. The Reasons that WIN 7 install with no problems is because WIN 7 has already builtIn SATA drivers on it
If you would like to make use of the SATA controller's AHCI features, you should enable
this BIOS feature. But please note that enabling this feature requires
you to load the SATA controller driver during the Windows XP
If you do not intend to use the AHCI features, it's recommended that you disable
this BIOS feature. This allows you to use the native Windows XP driver.
You won't need to load the SATA controller driver during the Windows XP
Before you attempt it, make a couple of changes in the BIOS to hopefully work around a few problems that might crop up. At reboot, tap the F2 key to enter setup that will allow you to make a change in the BIOS. Disable caching module before you change the drive sata settings. Set the hard drive to "ATA compatible."
Well... this is common on newer laptops. It is due to the fact your HDD is SATA (Serial ATA) and Windows XP CD does not have the drivers needed to recognize it. The solution I use is a bit High Tech: to remaster your Windows XP CD including the drivers needed. Or, just settle to live with Vista until January, when Windows 7 will be available to the public. If you are not faint of heart, google this: nLite; with this program you can remaster your XP CD. (You need a working PC with CD-RW to actually do the job).
First go to BIOS and change sata mode to IDE mode or option to disable SATA Native mode
then choose mode to IDE or disable SATA Native mode then install windows XP
If there is no option about change sata mode in BIOS. You should insert ahci driver to Windows XP CD using nLite
read this http://komku.blogspot.com/2007/11/integrate-driver-into-windows.html you can use this driver http://cahya.prastyanto.googlepages.com/driver-sata-ahci-4920.zip
Or you can install windows by inserting driver when setup prompted
To install Windows XP with native SATA driver, perform the following steps:
Boot the notebook PC.
Insert the Windows XP installation CD into the optical CD/DVD drive.
Press the F6 key when prompted
Press the S key to specify the additional device.
Insert the SATA driver disk into drive A. (using floppy disk drive)
Follow the on-screen prompts.
Or if both way is cannot be done
i have the third way
use an unattended XP installation disk you can download it from here: http://fenopy.com/torrent/Windows_xp_sp3_5512_cdr_october_2008_with__sata_raid_/MTU2MTEzMA==/index.html after you download burn the CD image to the CD/DVD then install XP using that CD/DVD
From what we have been told, you cannot downgrade back to XP if the computer was made for Vista. But, you can go the other way if the XP computer has compatible hardware. The reason has to do with the design of the mother board firmware and BIOS calls used in the dedicated Vista computers.