i have just bought a toshiba p200 laptop with visa it does not work with half the software at work and the plotter so i have purchased xp home. when i try and put this on it cannot find a hard drive can any one help please
I assume you mean you tried to load xp afterwards on a separate partition as a dual boot system. Normally you woud load XP first and let the Vista bootloader take control after loading that..
In this situation when you cannot see the hard drive on boot up, boot from the Vista DVD ( if you have it) and choose "start up repair" from the repair option menu to re establish the Vista bootloader and see the option to boot to either system
I cant think that you mean you formatted ,deleting Vista and then installed XP .
Although also SATA drivers can be an issue as AZ mentioned.
i tried that and toshiba would not have none of it, they told me i would have to buy a xp licence. No i would like to take vista off all together and just have xp. Where can i get the down load for the sata drivers so i can put them on a cd.
I have mucked up my work laptop by thinking i could convert vista to xp by myself, driver issues and software issues is the reason. I have purchased a xp licence and have the disc. My laptop is a satelitte p200-iee. I have downloaded what i thought was the sata drivers (f6flp32) put in the xp disc and the drivers as above on a floppy drive it goes though the loading ask you to press s and then comes up with txt setup-oem could not be found. Any ideas of what i can do i need my laptop for work monday morning HELP please.
I have posted in other section but didnt no if it was the right section
just found your laptop on the site but there is no sata driver there, what you could do is get the latest intel chipset drivers and extract them to the hard drive and see if you can put them onto a floppy or usb key if your system will see it at boot and point xp to that device, although i have never had xp give me any problems on a install where sata was the main disc, normaly it should just install with generic drivers and then you install latest ones afterwards
In the BIOS setup see if you have the option to change the HDD interface from AHCI to an alternative, normally "IDE" mode or sometimes legacy mode.
This makes the drive interface visible to the text mode setup and has little effect to the performance in Windows although some options are lost at a technical level. Once Windows is installed, drivers added and patched up you can then try switching it back to AHCI mode if you want, my own experience with that stage is sometimes it works sometimes not. If it doesn't then I just leave it in IDE mode