XP doesn't know what a SATA hard disk is.
Read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=271360&messageID=2699006#2699006 to see an example of the 10 drivers you need from Dell.com
You may need the F6 FLOPPY driver if your machine's BIOS does not emulate IDE.
Be aware this has been discussed some hundred times so I will not give more than short answers when it's asked again.
I'm trying to help my friend install XP Home on his Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. The laptop is currently running Vista, and he wants XP so that he can play KOTOR.
The problem is that when I insert the CD and boot from it, the setup loads fine to the point where it gives the option to set up Windows XP, to repair Windows XP, etc. When I press enter to "set up Windows XP", it gives a message:
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard drsk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3."
What could the problem be? I've tried resetting the BIOS to defaults, and I've tried running the Dell utilities from the boot menu, but to no avail. Could this be a problem with the hard drive itself? Vista works fine...
Thanks in advance