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Bluescreen installing XP Pro on a Vista drive

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Hello

I am trying to install XP Pro over Vista Home .

After running XP from the CD I get a bluescreen with "pci.sys - Address F748EQBF base at F7487000,Datestamp 3b7d855c " message.

Can anyone suggest a solution?

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by:and235100
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Did you completely reformat the hard disk/partition?

If not - you are going to get numerous problems - including potential boot issues - and possible hal problems as well...
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by:patch227
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No, I was going to use the format option after the XP disk starts the setup.

What is the easiest way to format for ntfs?


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by:and235100
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That is fine.

All I meant was - it seemed from the question that you were going to install over C:\Windows with Vista - without formatting the drive.

Did you get a blue screen after formatting? If so - remove all your pci cards and any other peripherals while you are installing XP.
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by:phototropic
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Is your XP CD slipstreamed with SP1 or 2?  Many people have reported this error after attempting an install with a a pre-SP1 edition of XP...
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by:patch227
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My disk is pre SP1.

The blue screen is pre formatting.

Is there a way I can format before running the disc?

I am sure if I run a dos window from vista (if I can) I will npt be allowed to format the drive
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Ummm i,m pretty sure you cant go back to xp after vista is installed may be wrong.
Best thing to do is download tool from the hdd web site and rezero the drive and then do install.
please tell us type of drive and model.
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by:nobus
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easiest way to clean the disk is with a bootdisk, and delete the partition ; even a win98 bootdisk will do. then just start the xp install
www.bootdisk.com
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by:patch227
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Thanks, I have tried the slipstream and just got another bluescreen.

It is a Dell, a  320 g 7200rpm Serial ATA with 8 mb databurst but I dont know the manufacturer. The next option I suppose is to move the HD to another machine and try to force a format there.

Tried the boot disk, deleted the partition but now I get to a A; prompt and cant't get any further. Can't ghange drives as it doesn't recognize c: or d:

a: appears to be the cd drive

Suggestions would be appreciated
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by:joinaunion
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Put the boot disk back in then type fdisk at the prompt then create a primary partition follow instructions.You will be asked to restart computer after its done restart with boot disk in then you have to use the format command format c:
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by:nobus
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no - do NOT use the format command from the boot disk- it will format in fat32.
put the cd back in and start the xp install instead
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by:patch227
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Thanks for all the suggestions. The key problem was that I had to install SATA drivers on a floppy drive at the begining of the XP installation disc.  

Anyone having a similar problem can look here


http://www.community.probz.com/index.php?showtopic=553
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