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My new laptop isn't letting me install XP Pro

by Bullseyestrat / August 31, 2007 2:25 PM PDT

Hello everybody. I recently bought an Everex Stepnote NC1503 laptop with Windows Vista basic installed. It only came with 512mb of ram (actually less than 448 with the shared video memory), and seeing how Vista runs very slow in almost every way even with the gig+ of ram, I wanted to install Windows XP Pro. I'm using the full version of XP that works in my other computers, so the cd is bootable. What happens is it gets to the regular blue "Windows Setup" screen and all the drivers are installing. Right before the main menu comes up, I get the blue screen of death saying something is wrong with the hardware. Its rather odd because I was able to get 2000 Pro on it somehow. I think its a bios problem, but other than that I'm not sure what to do. Any ideas?? Thanks in advance.

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(NT) Did you format the drive first?
by Coryphaeus / August 31, 2007 10:02 PM PDT
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yep, didn't do anything
by Bullseyestrat / September 1, 2007 2:10 PM PDT

It wouldn't even let me get to that on the XP cd. I think I did format it using ntfs with the 2k cd, but it still did the same thing.

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Not odd at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2007 11:45 PM PDT
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I'll check those out
by Bullseyestrat / September 1, 2007 2:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Not odd at all.

Yesterday I was reading the Everex forums, and someone mentioned that the sata hard drive wouldn't work properly with the first version of xp cd, only the service pack 2 one. But that didn't really make any sense anyways lol.

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A Couple Of Suggestions...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 1, 2007 2:49 PM PDT
In reply to: I'll check those out

Yes, the Windows XP SP2 is the best option.. The first version of XP frequently doesn't get it done..

Critical for some BIOS versions: If you read ALL of the posts in the link Bob provided, you'll note that "Native SATA Support" needs to be disabled in the BIOS for some computers to recognize the XP disc. Not all, but some and in those cases, the computer won't recognize the disc UNTIL you disable it in the BIOS settings...And on others, installing the SATA drivers at the appropriate time gets things done..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Yes, that senseless XP SP2 CD requirement.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2007 10:23 PM PDT
In reply to: I'll check those out

Yes, that doesn't make sense to most until you discover "it" installs when you have a XP SP2 CD but doesn't with the others.

Some won't accept this nugget and have to learn first hand.

Bob

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