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Downgrading from vista to xp sp2

\015 Im downgrading from vista to xp sp2.. im doing it by inserting the bootable "xp sp2 cd". after restarting, i boot to the dvd drive. after the message "press enter to setup xp" the screen shows a message saying "setup cannot continue because there is no hard drive installed.\015\012\015\012im using compaq presario c500.\015\012\015\012hard disk is partitioned in c: and d:, windows is installed on c. i dont even get to the point where you can choose which partition to format.\015\012\015\012please help...\015

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Go into bios disable sata reboot with xp sp2 youll be good just did it myself same laptop c500 same problem
I know this problem, \015\012\015\012The HDD is a SATA disk, win XP setup cannot identify a SATA controller on it's own\015\012\015\012you need to load the driver (from a disk) so you may need to download it first.\015\012\015\012I think this is the correct link\015\012http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-51521-1&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=3369431&os=228&lang=en\015\012\015\012extract the files and burn to a CD or Floppy then run win XP setup by booting from CD\015\012\015\012you should see in the begining of win XP setup from CD it prompt you to press (I think) F2 to add RAID or SCSI Controllers, (this prompt is at the bottom of the screen)\015\012\015\012Then follow the propmts to load from the disk you made earlier. you should be able to select the controller from a list. (short list)\015\012\015\012you should then be able to continue and hopefully Win XP setup should now be able to see your HDD and give you choices about which partition (as per normal)\015\012\015\012you want to remove all partitions before installing winXP (you can then make whatever partitions you wish)\015\012\015\012Hope this helps
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