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May 27, 2010 7:15:08 PM

hi
i got a eee pc 1005ha and it came with windows xp home edition in portuguese installed on it
i wanted to install the professional in english, but i heard that i would loose my warranty if i had some problem after that, so i decided to keep the home edition in one partition and install it in another partition
so i used the wintoflash software to create a bootable usb
the first problem that i had, was that i couldn't see my partitions in the installation menu...then i changed in the bios the SATA config from AHCI to IDE and it worked, so i formatted the partition and installed the xp, but, after the computer restart, when i choose to go to GUI to continue the install, it crashes and keep restarting and showing the boot options
then, when i start windows normally, without booting, it shows me a dual boot menu. if i try to go to xp home edition, it shows the windows xp image but it crashes and restarts and if i try to go to windows professional, it shows me a message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

I changed back from IDE to AHCI and now i can enter normally in xp home edition, but when i try the professional, it still shows me this message.

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I've finished the windows installation by choosing "debug boot rdisk 1 partition 2" option in the boot menu and now, I still get the "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem" message when i try to select it in the dual boot menu. I can just use the Professional edition if I boot from the usb and select the debug option. Another thing, I have to change to IDE option in the SATA config to use it, otherwise it crashes just like if try to use the home edition with IDE option.

Anyone can help?

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May 27, 2010 11:56:04 PM

raphilzix said:
hi
i got a eee pc 1005ha and it came with windows xp home edition in portuguese installed on it
i wanted to install the professional in english, but i heard that i would loose my warranty if i had some problem after that, so i decided to keep the home edition in one partition and install it in another partition
so i used the wintoflash software to create a bootable usb
the first problem that i had, was that i couldn't see my partitions in the installation menu...then i changed in the bios the SATA config from AHCI to IDE and it worked, so i formatted the partition and installed the xp, but, after the computer restart, when i choose to go to GUI to continue the install, it crashes and keep restarting and showing the boot options
then, when i start windows normally, without booting, it shows me a dual boot menu. if i try to go to xp home edition, it shows the windows xp image but it crashes and restarts and if i try to go to windows professional, it shows me a message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

I changed back from IDE to AHCI and now i can enter normally in xp home edition, but when i try the professional, it still shows me this message.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


I've finished the windows installation by choosing "debug boot rdisk 1 partition 2" option in the boot menu and now, I still get the "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem" message when i try to select it in the dual boot menu. I can just use the Professional edition if I boot from the usb and select the debug option. Another thing, I have to change to IDE option in the SATA config to use it, otherwise it crashes just like if try to use the home edition with IDE option.

Anyone can help?


You have two installs, one old IDE and one new AHCI? I don't think that works very well.
Better to reformat the drive and do one install IDE. The warranty? Oh well.
May 28, 2010 8:04:59 AM

soundguruman said:
You have two installs, one old IDE and one new AHCI? I don't think that works very well.
Better to reformat the drive and do one install IDE. The warranty? Oh well.


Exactly...I've just found a way to change the IDE To AHCI Mode inside windows...i'm going to try and check what happens
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May 28, 2010 4:17:33 PM

XP seems to run IDE quite reliably. In some Bios versions there is a switch to run the drive IDE or AHCI, but you need to go into the bios setup to change it. I am not sure that XP will run in AHCI, always had trouble running it that way.
May 29, 2010 5:49:26 PM

Windows XP needs a driver to communicate with hard drive.
One driver for IDE mode, and another for AHCI mode. IDE is already preloaded in XP by Micro$oft, AHCI is not.

AHCI driver needs to be added to an OS either by F6 during windows setup, or from another controller after windows setup, or by hack, for a hard drive to be able to properly communicate with a controller in AHCI mode!

You have installed one OS in IDE, and another in AHCI. If it weren't wintoflash installations, both would be working in default IDE mode, and only one in AHCI. Wintoflash saved you some room on usb stick by not copying an "unused" IDE driver. Thus, you can still boot back and forth, just keep switching those modes.

Or, do as above poster suggests and reinstall Home in IDE mode, then use your controller always in IDE mode. Conversely, reinstall your Pro in AHCI and use both in AHCI mode. Or, tell winflash to not omit the IDE driver (I am not sure there is an option like this in wintoflash).

More about AHCI here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274987-30-solved-runn...
January 11, 2013 7:42:19 PM

I have this problem when I try to turn on my eee pc PEM 1015:
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
The additional problem is that I cant go to BIOS, or to booth from USB stick (whatever I do my screen flashes and get the same message)!
So I CANT go to BIOS, or the recovery console, basicly I cant do anything, so please help me, dont have any idea (my USB stick with XP is working, checked that on other pc).
Thank you very much!
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