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Unable to install XP


I just bought a Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5881 laptop (full specs here: It comes with Vista, which I despise, so I want to install XP on it. Upon booting with a legal and functional XP installation CD, I get the BSOD a few minutes into the installation. This has happened several times.

I also tried to remove the hard drive and put in an old SATA hard drive that was running XP that I got from another Toshiba satellite laptop that is no longer in use. They are exactly the same except for size in GB. The computer boots into XP and about three seconds later reboots, in an infinite loop.

What is the problem? Is it even possible to install XP on that computer, or to get it to accept the old hard drive? Is it a hardware issue?

Thank you for your help and let me know whether you need more info from me.

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Can I?

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Avoid repeating the now thousands of advice on this? That is, when you used your XP SP2 CD to boot and install from, what did you do to give XP support for SATA drives? It's not native so you need the driver or changing the BIOS to emulate IDE.

Again, did you research this?

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DOA as of today.

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I looked and found no XP support. My advice is to return the product as defective.

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Caveat emptor, or at least lots of patience

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Toshiba tech site doesn't even list available drivers for XP or Vista! Who knows if the AMD 780V chipset even supports XP? So, call Toshiba and if they can't(won't) help, either return to CC or wait until someday when the drivers are downloadable or accept the despicable.

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Problem solved

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All that was necessary was to change "AHCI" to "compatibility" in BIOS and the problem is solved. Thanks all for your help.

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Toshiba L305D

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Once you got through the XP loading problem for your L305D laptop, where did you get all the needed XP drivers to support the video, WLAN, etc.?


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