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Vista downgrade to xp

Am trying to downgrade to windows xp from vista on an Acer Aspire L320 and when tring to install xp can't see hard disk, asked acer for drivers and they insist there aren't any, any suggestions as it must be possible to do this

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Re: vista downgrade to xp

I dont have a problem with it but i nedd help with this: ----- Initializing Renderer ----
----- Client Initialization Complete -----
Attempting 22 kHz 16 bit [Windows default] sound
----- R_Init -----
Getting Direct3D 9 interface...
Pixel shader version is 0.0
Vertex shader version is 0.0
Video card or driver doesn't support dynamic textures.

Error during initialization:
Video card or driver doesn't support dynamic textures.

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Re: vista downgrade to xp

No there aren't any drivers, but the problem you will have is that the bios is updated to suit Vista and installing XP will cause problems with components in the notebook.

My advice is to keep Vista if you havent already uninstalled the operating system, but you will notice that your hard disk has two partitions, install XP on the other partition and have a dual boot notebook, if you have uninstalled then lend a friends copy of Vista and use your own instalation product key code on the underside of your notebook and re install.

Posted on Nov 06, 2007

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