Question about Compaq Presario 1200XL104 Notebook
Im downgrading from vista to xp sp2.. im doing it by inserting the bootable "xp sp2 cd". after restarting, i boot to the dvd drive. after the message "press enter to setup xp" the screen shows a message saying "setup cannot continue because there is no hard drive installed. im using compaq presario c500. hard disk is partitioned in c: and d:, windows is installed on c. i dont even get to the point where you can choose which partition to format. please help...
I know this problem, The HDD is a SATA disk, win XP setup cannot identify a SATA controller on it's own you need to load the driver (from a disk) so you may need to download it first. I think this is the correct link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-51521-1&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=3369431&os=228&lang=en extract the files and burn to a CD or Floppy then run win XP setup by booting from CD you should see in the begining of win XP setup from CD it prompt you to press (I think) F2 to add RAID or SCSI Controllers, (this prompt is at the bottom of the screen) Then follow the propmts to load from the disk you made earlier. you should be able to select the controller from a list. (short list) you should then be able to continue and hopefully Win XP setup should now be able to see your HDD and give you choices about which partition (as per normal) you want to remove all partitions before installing winXP (you can then make whatever partitions you wish) Hope this helps
Posted on Aug 06, 2007
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