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Unable to install XP on my laptop cq60-104tu

I am trying to install XP. When press f6 and then specify it asks for oem driver software and for floppy drive. I tried to install after creating a bootable disk of XP and sata driver using nLite. But it is not recognizing. Probably the Sata driver is a wrong one. It still want the OEM driver and asks to install Floppy

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  • adtaj_75us Mar 11, 2009

    This option is not available in bios.

  • adtaj_75us Mar 11, 2009

    This option is not available in bios.

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    I am trying to degrade my laptop's OS from Vista to XP. 
    I tried installing XP through a bootable XP cd but encountered an error stating "Setups did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.". To overcome the stated error I tried the suggested F6 option, which gave me an error stating "Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load OEM drivers from floppy disk." and I beleive now none or very rare laptops have a floppy drive.
    Hence I am stuck here and am not able to go ahead with degrading my system from Vista to XP.
    It would be a great help to me if any one could provide me a sollution to the stated problem.


    Thanks in advance...

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Disable SATA in Bios and reinstall windows XP

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