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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:53 pm 
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Forgive me if this question has been answered here before, but I haven't found an uncomplicated technique.

I've got a nice X60 running Windows 7. I'd like to have XP instead, for application compatibility reasons. I've got an old Dell XP CD but I'm getting the idea that there'll be driver issues if I attempt to use it (via a USB thumb-drive).

What's the simplest way to do this install with the proper SATA drivers? Where do I get those drivers? Any other special drivers needed?

thanks, in advance,

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:22 pm 
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Just install it. Nothing special to do. If any drivers are missing after install is complete, just download them from Lenovo Support.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:25 pm 
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thanks. but don't I need the SATA drivers to even start the process of installing an OS to a SATA hard-drive?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:00 pm 
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No.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:10 pm 
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No, assuming the SATA is configured as IDE (compatibility) in the BIOS.

In AHCI mode the XP installer won't see the drive.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:43 pm 
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Right, you either
1. set the controller to IDE compatibility mode in BIOS (then switch to AHCI after OS & drivers are installed)
2. use a USB floppy drive to load SATA drivers after hitting F6 during install
3. slipstream the SATA drivers into the XP install media.
Personally I normally do #3. Probably not worth the trouble for the average user though.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:47 am 
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AFAIK, installation of Windows XP SP2 or SP3 can run in AHCI mode because the AHCI driver is included there.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:52 am 
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thanks very much for your, and all, replies. One more Q: how are you guys getting your OS onto your no-DVD Thinkpads? I'm thinking "I'll just put a ISO 9660 image of my XP disk onto my thumb drive" but then I'm reading all over the Internet about the trickiness of this.

thanks, c.u.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:59 am 
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Well, I have the ultra base with a DVD drive. I've done it before with a USB flash drive, on a X31, and it is a bit tricky for sure. Seems like I tried three or four different methods before I finally found one that worked. Now, I don't remember which worked for me.

I would recommend trying the USB flash drive method first, and if that fails come back for some more possibilities.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:24 pm 
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Get a USB drive, either DVD/CD or DVD/CDRW or DVDRW/CDRW.
You can use these on any laptop that let you boot via external USB.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:32 pm 
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lukee wrote:
AFAIK, installation of Windows XP SP2 or SP3 can run in AHCI mode because the AHCI driver is included there.

Not a plain vanilla install disc. If you get a disc from a manu like Dell/Lenovo it will probably have the SATA drivers for its products integrated though.

I've done install all three ways (mini-dock, USB optical drive, and USB flash drive).

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:12 am 
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If the Easiest way to do the AHCI drivers is to download the Intel F6 disk. After you download that install Nlite and tell it to intergrate drivers. Upon doing so it will have the AHCI drivers installed and you do not have to muck about with the F6 floppy method or having to install the drivers afterwards.

This is how i did my clean Xp install without using thinkvantage recovery when i ran Xp Pro. If the system has a valid Xp License on the bottom, i do not see any legal reason why downloading a windows XP Iso from a torrent website for the OEM version should not be possible. I will not provide any links to them on here, but you can google for Xp Pro OEM Iso and turn up enough results.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:11 am 
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I've got a question for you cbhattarai.

Why don't you run your XP programs in XP compatibility mode on W7? Does it not work for your programs? To get into Compat mode, right click on the program menu item or icon, select properties and the Compatibility tab. There you can select to run in XP / SP3 mode.

I like Ubuntu but W7 is much more secure than XP plus many additional features. Seems a shame to buy a motor boat and use paddles. There will be a time that XP won't be supported even in sites as mentioned above.

Just my thoughts on this subject.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Wouldn't the simplest way be to use Lenovo restore disks? :?
Do you have XP COA on bottom of machine?

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