I have a problem downgrading my vista to XP..i followed the instruction on how to slipstream with the raid drivers but i cant get it to boot to start my installation...i tried it thrice because i thought i was doing something wrong but it all has the same result...hopefully someone out here could help me thank!!!
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Well, It looks like you might be approaching the problem from a driver side. Try approaching from the BIOS side. If possible, enter the BIOS and set your notebook's SATA setting to "ATA" or "Legacy" (especially if you are not doing any complex raid functions on the notebook). ATA or Legacy will allow easy access to the drive by making windows think its an old fashioned EIDE drive, and windows will have native drivers for it already. Good Luck :)
Due to the fact of the many people that wish to downgrade to Windows XP, many computer distribution companies keep current driver software that is compatible with the various Windows OSes. I checked the Toshiba website for drivers for the Satallite A205-S5809 and they have drivers for WIndows XP, XP SP2/SP3, Vista 32-bit, and Vista 64-bit. They have all the drivers you should need to make the changeover. I hope this helps.
I hate Vista from my guts! I installed XP SP3 (Slipstreamed) and my Toshiba Portege R500 Flies!
I have posted some notes on similar issue from this forum. Use this website's search engine on "Toshiba R500" and you should be able to fine my posts.
My current job involes rebuilding laptops and desktops so many times that I created this automated slipstreamed XP SP3 CD and I had no issues of Harddrive not being found after all the waiting.