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I am trying to downgrade my new laptop from Vista to XP it is a HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx notebook. When I run XP setup disk I get a BSOD right after it goes to load windows to begin setup. I know this is caused by the SATA drive not being recognized and that I must integrate the driver files to the setup CD to get it to load. What I don't know is what driver files to integrate. the HD is a Fujitsu mhz2320bh please help


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You can also copy the xp disk to your HDD and use a program called nlite to slipstream the SATA drivers into the winXP install. it will also slipstream service packs i believe. you then burn a new copy of xp with drivers to a disk. i used this method to reinstall xp on my dv6000t, works well.

nlite guide (little outdated but helpful)
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=193872

discussion/guide to XP on dv5
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=291787

guide to installing xp on DVx500 series (for reference, more info)
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=165319

Did you go to HP and get all the drivers for this model, because when I looked they do not supply XP drivers,only vista. So if I am not mistaken, you would have to find every driver for every piece of hardware on this laptop. Most new laptops do not allow downgrades,
because they don't want to make drivers for it.

If you do find all the drivers, which you have to have the chipset driver,
did you delete the drive when you installed, you need to delete it and set it as new raw, then format, but do not format quick.

I have never not had windows load the sata drivers for the hard drive
in and pc. There is how ever an firmware change that is listed under XP on the hp website for your HDD.

Please check what I have said to make sure I am not mistaken.
I hope you get it worked out.
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