In their case, Sony was no help. They used the forums to find Everest then Google and a driver site. You might check hp.com for drivers but I shouldn't have to write that...
hi, i bought a new HP Pavilion dv6000t laptop from hp and it came in with a windows vista. i dont like the vista so i am planning to install an XP OS to it.
Does anybody know how i can perform a complete format so that i can downgrade my current OS to windows XP? i tried booting my XP cd but it wont perform an installation. it just says something like there is no hard drive available/cant be seen. can aybody help me? thanks
yeah but here's the thing.. when the XP cd boots and i press enter to install a new copy of XP, it wont push through with the installation. it just displays a screen that there is no hard disk present/available or something like that. and my only option is to press F3, which will make me exit the installation and reboot the pc.
You must feed the SATA driver to the XP installation program.
HP Pavilion dv6000t "Software & Driver downloads"
Click on "Microsoft Windows XP."
Scroll down to and click on "Intel SATA AHCI Controller Driver"
Follow the "Installation Instructions."
..although reinstalling the SATA drivers is certainly an option that would work. See the procedures I used below on the HP model mentioned.
Hope this helps.
The link to the HP website does not help, HP does not supply the XP SATA drivers. (HP obviously has them, since school systems and businesses are downgrading to XP left and right, but they are unwilling to supply them to private individuals. I'm thinking about taking them to court and hanging them out to dry!)
Anyway, you need the SATA drivers for the HDD (Hard Disk Drive), or the drivers for the HDD controller, I'm not sure which, and I'm not even sure how to find out. My Laptop is am HP DV6000, Part Number: NB651AV. Does anyone have any ideas?
I get the same error as everyone else, "STOP 0X0000007B, INACCESABLE_BOOT_DEVICE." It does not say "Inaccesaable boot device" on my screen, only STOP 0X0000007B, and then some stuff about shutting down the computer to prevent damamge.
I would appriciate and info anyone would have on how to fix this, I have tried streaming the drivers onto an XP install CD with NLITE, but the same thing happens. I guess I have the wrong drivers? Does anybody know?
Options include.... disabling "Native SATA Support" (or enabling IDE emulation) in the BIOS which allows you to install and run XP without the SATA drivers..
Using a USB floppy drive to install the CORRECT SATA drivers during the XP install.
Finding and slipstreaming the CORRECT SATA drivers for your specific laptop.. The correct XP driver information for computer can be gleaned by writing down the appropriate Vista Device Manager listings BEFORE formatting the computer.
The dv6000 computer model has a LOT of various configurations including different processors, motherboards, hardware, software, etc. There are posts in this thread which provide links to many download sites for those drivers.. I know it's a lot to go through but reading through this thread should get you there.
Just a couple of examples:
Hope this helps.
I have a Sony Vaio, im not sure about the actual model number. I tried to install windows xp from booting from the CD although it keeps saying that the hardrive is not visible or something stupid like that. I dont know what to do so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
This has been answered few posts above yours.
You need your SATA drivers on a floppy and press F6 at the begining of XP install (look at the bottom of the screen) you will not see anything after you pressed F6 but when the time comes to check drives it will load the drivers after asking you.
The other option is to make a bootable XP CD with your drivers integrated.
This is only because your laptop is newer and uses SATA rather than PATA (some like to call it IDE)
Hope this helps
Yes, you need to read ALL of the posts in this long thread.. Although most refer to HP computers in this thread, many things still apply..
It may be SATA drivers if you're getting to the point where it asks for such during the XP installation...OR...you may need to disable the SATA/RAID Support in the BIOS for the hard drive to be recognized initially. In addition, have your tried WIPING the drive entirely before installing XP? It may be necessary in some cases.
By the way, BEFORE installing XP on your machine, be sure to get ALL of the drivers for the hardware.. Based on the posts in this forum, SONY computers have been the most difficult to find XP drivers for.
Hope this helps.
dude, i've got a solution for you.... dis aint a H/W problem...,dis system comes wid SATA Hard-drive, Vista has sata drivers as default (Vista has close to 19k native drivers but XP doesnt.,). Hence you actually need to get into BIOS/system set-up... guess for HP it ud be F10, and look for a option to disable SATA operation, once done boot from XP disc and that will recognise and install the same on it... do revert back for any issues...!!!
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I just successfully downgraded Vista Home to XP Home. You must disable the Harddrive native support setting, then you can go ahead and install. You must have the full copy version of XP.
The only other option I needed to select was to use the NFTS (quick) file system option during the install. This skipped the lengthy disk check function. Good luck!
HP provided the solution below -
1. Turn on the computer.
2. Keep tapping the F10 key when the Compaq logo appears. This will take you to BIOS Setup Utility.
3. Click on System Configuration tab
4.Under that select SATA Native support [ disable ]
5. Press F10 to "Save and Exit" the BIOS.
6. Click on Ok/Yes to confirm the changes.
7. Restart the computer.
Thank you for the very clear post! With your instructions (disabling SATA in the BIOS) I was able to install XP on the partion I created after shrinking my original Vista Partition (per this article: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/install-windows-xp-on-your-pre-installed-windows-vista-computer/ )
Since I am running both Vista and XP, will both Vista and XP run with SATA disabled (and be stable?). Any idea what the recommended settings are for an XP/Vista dual-boot environment?
Thanks for any help:)
oh hi.. first time posting...
Ummm well my laptop (its from HP) dv6629ca doesnt have those setting in the BIOS. (BIOS v F.33)
I called HP and they said that our new laptops dont have that many options in the BIOS to keep it "safe". I tried installing xp and gave me the same error message that it cant find any hard disk drives on it. I dont know what to do... and another thing. My BIOS only has 2 settings under system configuration like c4 state setting and system sound (or something like that)and boot options. besides that nothing. HP wont help me downgrading either that's y i turned into this forumm....
where can i find the driver to solve the hard drive problem for installation of windows xp pro Service Pack 2.
Hp Pavillion dv6629ca
2 gb of ram
intel centrino core 2 duo
plzz reply ASAP i want to get xp running .. used at school daily.
THX FOR ALL THE HELP SOO FAR
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