Recently, I bought the Dell Inspiron 530 with Ubuntu Linux V8.04 pre-installed and 1 250gb SATA HD. I tried to install XP Pro SP2 on it. It comes with 4 primary partitions 1) Dell utility partition), 2) fat32 (Ubuntu cd contents), 3) ext3 Ubuntu 8.04, 4) linux-swap. XP cannot be installed since 4 primary partitions already exist.
I created an extended partition (using Gparted) and moved linux swap to the extended partition. Edit menu.lst in Linux so grub can present XP as a boot option. Now with 3 primaries, I started the install of XP SP2. After initial partition creation and after files are copied to that partition (/dev/sda6), after the first reboot, the boot loader (I assume XP's, since it overwrites the linux bootloader) gives an error message "Disk error".
After restoring the Linux boot loader, boot to Windows XP (using the grub bootloader) and I get Error 12: Invalid device requested.
I booted to Dell's Utility partition, and ran their diagostic tools and no memory or disk errors were found.
I initially thought that since XP cannot recognize a SATA drive without a driver disk (using F6 during initial install), I would have to go through the process of slipstreaming the driver (I don't have a floppy drive). I then tried to do the same thing but with Vista instead (it comes with SATA drivers?). I got the same identical errors as with the XP installation.
I'm stuck here. How do I get XP and/or Vista installed? The BIOS is set for SATA/IDE, not SATA/RAID.