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Hello I have a Acer Aspire AM5640-E5520A Intel Pentium 2 QUAD, 2.4GHz with a MCP73PV motherboard and SATA drive. When I try to install XP (which I like better than Vista) the set up acts ok ,loading files, until it gets to "setup is starting windows"..Then I get the BSOD and a message saying STOP:0x0000007b I have tried to change the bios setting for the HD to IDE but I do not find anything about storage or AHCI. All i see is a place to change raid configuration. Raid is disabled. But i have tried it with raid being enabled. I am so lost. The XP dvd's I am using are legal. Thanks in advance

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First things first. I believe your computer has a recovery disk. Which is applicable to Vista. If you want to downgrade the operating system from Vista to XP you need to check your hardware settings. Now for this problem, my suggestion is try replacing your hard drive. Because as far as I know the hardwares installed in your motherboard is ok. But your hard drive is not in good shape. After replacing your hard drive perform your installation of XP. And then observe.
If problem still occurs, please let us know.

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