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Old July 17, 2009, 07:17 PM
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Default Can't Install XP on Lenovo Thinkpad SL 500. Please Help.

I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad SL 500 about a week ago; it came with Vista Home Basic.
I really want to go back to XP since Vista takes up too much space in the hard disk.

But the problem is that I can't install my XP. After booting with the CD, XP is getting ready to start; it's doing its own things to set things up for the installation. But when it's about to proceed to installation, I get the universal bluescreen with error message. It happens everytime I try and I found other people with Lenovo product having the same problems on the internet.

The Lenovo tech support couldn't help me with the issue and I was surprised to hear that they don't guarantee any success with a third-party image other their own pre-installed windows. But what if I were to buy a new windows and want to install it? Will they give me the same reason for any failure to install. After all, I bought the thing and I should be able to install any OS without this annoyance. I could be wrong but I sensed something fish during the conversation.
Anyway, if you got any solution to going around the problem of not being able to install Xp on Lenovo, please help me.
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Old July 17, 2009, 07:18 PM
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Blue screen is from lack of SATA drivers.

You'll either need to nlite your XP with SP3 or the Intel chipset drivers for your mobo
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Old July 17, 2009, 08:37 PM
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Blue screen is from lack of SATA drivers.

You'll either need to nlite your XP with SP3 or the Intel chipset drivers for your mobo
yes that is what you'll need to do but since you have to do that you might as well make a personal disk with all of your programs that you want installed using silent installers and also all of your drivers. that way all you need to do is put the disc in go make some coffee watch a bit of TV and buy the time you get back it should be done installing everything you need and want.
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Old July 17, 2009, 09:39 PM
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Thanks Guys.
I solved the problem.
There's a switch to go from AHCI mode to compatibility mode.
It works that way.
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Old July 18, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Thanks Guys.
I solved the problem.
There's a switch to go from AHCI mode to compatibility mode.
It works that way.
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