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    Want to install & run XP on a SATA type platform

    I have installed XP on a DELL laptop in place of 32 bit Win 7 but get a blue screen when I attempt to run it. I suspect that I need to install a disk driver that
    can convert older formatted data (parallel) to newer (serial) hardware.
    thanks for any suggestions. Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by PA183043 View Post
    I have installed XP on a DELL laptop in place of 32 bit Win 7 but get a blue screen when I attempt to run it. I suspect that I need to install a disk driver that
    can convert older formatted data (parallel) to newer (serial) hardware.
    thanks for any suggestions. Peter
    When I last installed WinXP the CD had SP1 built in and not problem with SATA. However, without SP1 one needs drivers on a floppy disk and press F6 at the prompt [bottom of the screen] to load the driver. The progress of technology has changed things greatly since WinXP was introduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PA183043 View Post
    I have installed XP on a DELL laptop ....
    Model and number of Dell?

    Make sure the HDD is set to IDE Emulation Mode (something like that instead of AHCI or RAID) in BIOS Menu (hold down F2 key while powering up). Then install (or check it may boot fine without a reinstall).

    Let us know how it turns out.
    Last edited by Fascist Nation; 2015-08-01 at 22:31.

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    Alternativley, re-install Windows 7, then install a free virtualization program (VMware, VirtualBox etc) and install XP in that.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa183043 View Post
    i have installed xp on a dell laptop in place of 32 bit win 7 but get a blue screen when i attempt to run it. I suspect that i need to install a disk driver that
    can convert older formatted data (parallel) to newer (serial) hardware.
    Thanks for any suggestions. Peter
    thanks !

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    Thanks but XP is on a not floppies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PA183043 View Post
    Thanks but XP is on a not floppies.
    ??
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    Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.

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    XP is on a CD, but when you are installing XP from the CD, on one of the early screens it says something about pressing F6 if you have drivers for SCSI. I don't want to run an install of XP right now to get an actual quote. then later it will ask for a floppy with the driver .inf file on it. In the case of Dell computers, if not others, they give it to you as a .exe file, and you can't get a dot inf file, so you are screwed.

    Anyway, that's what the floppy is for, the .inf file, not the XP install disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PA183043 View Post
    Thanks but XP is on a not floppies.
    True, but the SATA driver you need should be on a floppy in the floppy drive [if the computer has one] as the WinXP setup is looking for SCSI drivers during the initial part of the install which is shown by the Press F6 note at the bottom of the screen, have to pay attention to the screens. WinXP doesn't actually need SCSI drivers but the prompt was never changed in the early version to include SATA drivers, will still recognize the necessary software. I've never gotten that to work with any other type drive but it was changed with SP1 having the drivers on the CD/as part of the install process.

    I have, on occasion when the computer didn't have it, connected a floppy drive temporarily for the install process but that depends upon the motherboard having a floppy controller and connection port.
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    I selected ATA mode and all systems are GO
    I now can run all my older software developed over the years using QBASIC on a laptop.
    Microsoft stopped including NTVDM after XP SP2.
    Text only, but I developed my own video driver (using QBASIC)

    Thanks to all of your inputs !

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    Clarification : Microsoft stopped including NTVDM FULL SCREEN MODE after SP2

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