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had same problem with loading win xp proff on cf 74 toughbook mk1. soution for me was downloading sata hdd controller from panasonic toughbook support site, loading the driver onto floppy drive, using usb floppy with driver ready to use, loading win xp profesional and on first loading win screen pressing f6 when prompted at beginning of win intallation, when on screen instructions to load sata driver appeared, i followed on screen instructions and loaded 3rd option from floppy sata drive mobile driver, left usb installed untill xp loaded and running, do not remove usb floppy untill win loaded, i really hope this helps you
Yes you can't install Win xp in this PC, Even if you want to install then you have to down grade Your laptop BIOS and can only be install WIN XP SP3. But i will not suggest you to do that because your laptop is design for WIN 7 not for WIN XP.
Are you using a full version retail or OEM copy of WIN XP to install? Or is it a recovery copy from another PC or laptop? You will need to use a full version disc to perform the retrofit. You will also need to download the WIN XP Drivers for your laptop from the Dell Site. You CANNOT "upgrade" install WIN XP over VISTA and keep your drivers, settings, files. Performing a WIN XP install will require a total wipe of your hard drive. Therefore you will have to save off all your personal files before you do this. Microsoft doesn't provide assistance for downgrade-type installations, so you must basically wipe your hard drive and then reload the OS.
Here is what you need to do to install XP on your laptop that came with Vista or Win 7.
If your hard drive is SATA (pretty much standard these days) you
will need to search the manufacturer's site for a floppy disk SATA
driver install package.* You will need a USB floppy drive for installing XP. * Copy the SATA drivers (should be denoted as "F6 drivers" or similar) to a blank disk. * Have the USB drive connected. It should automatically map as A:\. * Go into BIOS and find a setting for ACPI Compatible and set on. *
Now install XP normally from the CDROM, and when it says "press F6 to
install third-party drivers", press F6 and follow the options to get the
SATA drivers from the disk. * Complete setup as normal.
You can check the following link for more detailed info.
Its true. the Bios or HDD driver wont allow you to install Win XP on it.. This BIOS is compatible with only Win Vista. The only easy way to do it is by creating 2 partitions while installing vista. once vista is installed- install XP with Dual boot and than format the vista partition.
Umm...is your laptop crashed??? Usually ntlldr issues ****. try to delete the former installation so a new ntldr file can be installed so as to not conflict with the damaged ntldr file that is on the pc blocking the install. It sounds like your setup is ok...at the very least get another xp cd to make sure the disk is not damaged that you are loading windows from.
Sorry for that, the mic is not working in windows xp operating system it is ture i ask the HP person he say that this laptop hardware not design for win xp OS. so plz install the Vista OS to use the full feature of the laptop buz in win xp the sound driver install force fully. it is not install the full sound driver. if it is possible any link in future i mailed you link.