windows xp installation BSOD
hi, my dad has got a new packard bell iMedia 2414.
he cant stand vista(understandably), and wants to install xp on it.
the problem is that it is an all-SATA configuration(hdd and cd drive), and xp has no native SATA support.
ive looked on the packard bell website, and cannot find any SATA/SCSI drivers for the 2414.
Tried an XP disc, which goes through all of the initial stuff where it talks about loading drivers, but before the configuration starts, BSOD.
Is it possible that this machine is just XP-incompatible (thats just silly)?
I dont think the lack of SATA drivers would cause a problem like this, as i have installed XP on my comp which is SATA. without the drivers it just says there are no hard drives, no BSOD.
If there is an incompatibility with XP, there are 2 options we can see:
duke it out with vista(though, that is BSODing constantly - even after several recoveries).
Actually your machine MIGHT be XP incompatible. I believe Microsoft (naturally) doesn't want users to go back to XP from Vista. Also I've read that the Phoenix BIOS might have something to do with this. One thing is for sure, no hardware manufacturer will help with an issue like this, so you're basically stuck with Vista.
I have a HP laptop with a similar problem and it seems to be unfixable.
Yes as you say SATA is not the issue here.
One thing you might want to try out is an XP CD with Service Pack 3 (if you can find one).
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