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Trying to install XP on laptop, getting a 'Stop'.

Hi all,

So my buddy's ASUS laptop stopped booting properly some months back, and today he said 'Have it, see if you can find a use for it'.

So I tried starting normally - Windows 7 64-bit - and it automatically went into start-up repair, looped around for a bit and said it couldn't fix the problem.

No matter as I originally wanted to be putting XP on there.

So I put my XP disc in, boot from it, it loads various 'things' and then it gives the screen in this video:
http://youtu.be/-g2J-dmR5R4
(Sorry that it's a video, but I couldn't get it into a picture wihout all the writing being blurry)

Anyone able to tell me what this means?

Is it a matter of whacking a new HDD in there?
(Current is a WDC WD7500BPVT-80HXZT1 according to the BIOS)

And I apologise if this is in the wrong forum; I wasn't sure if it was an XP question or a Hard Drive question.

Regards,
Doug
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  1. Best answer
    A broken hard drive could cause the BSOD and be the original problem. Couldn't hurt to try a new one.
  2. ThatVietGuy said:
    A broken hard drive could cause the BSOD and be the original problem. Couldn't hurt to try a new one.


    I'll pick up a cheap one during the week and if it works 'Yay'; if not I'll just return it (or whack it on eBay)
  3. That BSOD screen is most likely because XP does not natively support AHCI prior to SP3 I think. So if your install disk is original XP, or bundled with less than SP3 then as soon as it gets to the point of trying to read the hard drive it will fall over.

    If for some perverse reason you want to continue with this madness and cripple your laptop by installing Windows XP you can go into BIOS and change your SATA controller to IDE mode (sometimes called compatibility mode depending on BIOS) and then you should be able to install XP. You can then use a registry hack to then enable AHCI after you have installed.

    OR you could install Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 or a number of Linux distro's which are all significantly better than XP and supported by their respective vendors.
  4. Poprin said:
    So if your install disk is original XP, or bundled with less than SP3.......

    I probably should have mentioned that it was bundled with SP3.

    Poprin said:

    OR you could install Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 or a number of Linux distro's which are all significantly better than XP and supported by their respective vendors.


    You just reminded me that, through Uni, I can get Win 7 & 8 for free.
    (The only reason I wanted to go XP is because that's what I had lying around.)
  5. I would still test turning off AHCI, it could very well be the problem. XP does not really utilise AHCI properly anyway, AHCI is also enabled if the SATA controller is set to RAID mode. (Might not be available on laptop though)
  6. Turned off the AHCI, got the same error; So I downloaded Win 7, and bought a new Hard Drive, and everything is good now.
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