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Yes and No. In order to accept Windows Vista you would have to make sure you have sufficient RAM memory. These older Win XP based laptops usually only have 256KB or maybe 512KB of RAM memory. Vista needs 512K minimum, but you should relay max out the Toshiba to 1MB of RAM for Vista to run smoothly. You would also have to try to find all the proper device drivers for Vista, and Toshiba has not provided them for this model laptop. You may find that some device drivers just are not available for Vista, I could not find a Vista video driver for it.This will impact performance. The bottom line, is that you can surely put Vista on this laptop but it will probably not run as efficiently and as fast as Win XP.
Due to the fact of the many people that wish to downgrade to Windows XP, many computer distribution companies keep current driver software that is compatible with the various Windows OSes. I checked the Toshiba website for drivers for the Satallite A205-S5809 and they have drivers for WIndows XP, XP SP2/SP3, Vista 32-bit, and Vista 64-bit. They have all the drivers you should need to make the changeover. I hope this helps.
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
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looks like toshiba is more concerned on profit than in customer assistance, onece you bought a laptop - you are on your own. in two weeks time me and my friend we didnt find working drivers for what is mentioned. all the drivers toshiba is offering is for vista based os only, and some for win xp 32bit. for users like me, they only offer to use vista, pretending it is the best OS. i was working with my laptop even without those drives and noticed it working atleast twice as fast on xp than with vista. win xp was using approximately 270 ram memory to compare with 760 vista's when doing nothing. i am really sorry i bought a toshiba laptop! and now i am over 5.000 miles away! i hope they release drivers or die with no profit. sorry folks- solution is to reinstal vista :(
I am only going to say this once........vista is the best ........ believe me alot of people are afraid of vista ... I cannot understand why may I ask you SIR why are you changing from Vista to XP when they are both the same OS .......it is senceless ........exeriment man oh man experiment you will succomb.................
you need to go at www.Toshiba.com and get a special driver. You need to check under support and drivers for your model.
What you do is you get the driver (depends if you a floppy otherwise burn the drive on a cd)
From Bios make the computer boot the computer from CD/DVD rom and then you need to pay attention when on the bottom of the screen it will say hit f6 if you have to install the special driver and then you can continue installation of windows.