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I have just bought an HP DV7-1135NR which is running Vista Home premium but I need XP Pro to run Viusal studio and anyway the performance is poor under Vista.

This laptop is running an AMD Turion X2 64 processor and has a Hitacha SATA hard drive.  I have read lots about slip streaming an XP installation disk with the suitable SATA driver however I have not been able to find SATA drivers for this system.  any ideas where I can get a STAT driver which will work and/or is there a better way to get XP installed?
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by:jdcomp
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Before you make any changes to you laptop make sure to create the restoration DVD just in case you need to go back becuase if you decide to format the laptop and install xp you may lose the boot option to restore from the hard drive.

If you only need to run Visual studio on the laptop you can use programs like virtual PC ( http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6&displaylang=en ) or some other thirt party that will allow you to run Xp within vista.

XP may be able to recognize you SATA drive but the only way you willl know is if you try to run xp either through virtual PC or by reformating the drive and doing a fresh install

here is also an article that may help you with the driver issue
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/10/23/windows-xp-setup-could-not-detect-and-find-any-sata-hard-disk-drive-on-ahci-mode/
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by:ChrisMDrew
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Thanks for the comment - the problem is that I need XP Pro and none of the solutions which I have found so far really help.

I cannot disable SATA in the BIOS as there is no setting for this.
My installation of XP Pro SP2 simply blues screens once all the drivers have loaded - it doesn't actually complain that it can't find the drive however I have ssen this once before when installing onto a SATA drive.

I'm pretty sure that I need the SATA driver to integrate into the installation but can't identify which I actually need - under Vista it is just listed as a generic SATA driver under Vista.
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by:ChrisMDrew
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Yep - tried that one however I believe that it only works on Intel based systems - mine has an AMD processor.  I am just trying another SATA AHCI driver which sayss it is specifically for AMD systems and if it works I'll post it
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I read some where else that the drivers could be found on the catalyst package of the ATI website since you have an ATI website.

You can try this if you want go to one of the folloing websites
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=vista32/common-vista32

Download the catalyst Drivers after that unpack the software on a know location on your hard drive when the installation beggins just cancel. go to the folder where you npack the software and you will find a folder call drivers and a subfolder call SBdrv inside the SBdrv there is another folder call SB4xx inside the raid folder you will find drivers when l look on the driver inf I got this

This INF file installs the Silicon Image Serial ATA Raid driver
; for the SiI 3x12 controller on systems running Windows 98/ME,
; Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

This driver may help even though it is for raid
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by:ANWTConsulting
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there is no option to disable the sata in the bios, but you can put the sata controller into compatibility mode which is available in bios.  Then you can install xp and download the chipset drivers to install support.  Then you can put the bios setting back to where it was.  It worked for me.
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