Having problems with your HP Compaq Presario C500t Notebook ?

When I try to put XP on my Compaq Presario C500, it cannot find the hard drive and will not try to load it. I have already done a diagnostic on the hard drive and it is working perfectly. What can I do?


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I take it that the hard drive is a not the normal IDE but rather a SATA (newer technology) drive. Inthat case you can in some cases change the Hard drive setting in the CMOS setup from ENHANCED to IDE-MODE under STA drives. That causes the installation to detect the drive as an 'IDE" drive in which case it then can install windows. The normal windows installation cannot always detect SATA drives while installing and then reports that there is NO drive attache to the computer
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