Downgrading Vista to XP

I am trying to downgrade vista to Xp and keep getting an errror stating that there is no HD installed.

is there a reason for this.
BPWALKINAsked:
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silemoneCommented:
are bios setting set to accept xp?
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all_expertsCommented:
Is it a SATA drive? Sometimes XP doesnt see HD without giving it drivers for SATA controller.
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Aaron FeledyDrupal Developer and ConsultantCommented:
Your new computer most likely uses SATA hard drives which aren't natively supported by XP. You'll need create a floppy disk containing the drivers for the SATA controller.
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Aaron FeledyDrupal Developer and ConsultantCommented:
If you don't have a floppy disk drive, you may be able to temporarily hook up one from an older computer if you have one laying around. The drivers can be downloaded from the manufacturers website.
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BPWALKINAuthor Commented:
in the boot menu of the bios it says that the drive is ide
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silemoneCommented:
must be a sata drive...do you have sata drivers and settings in bios?
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Aaron FeledyDrupal Developer and ConsultantCommented:
If you don't have a floppy, you will have to create a new windows disk with the drivers slipstreamed.
Check out nlite for easy slipstreaming.
http://www.nliteos.com/
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silemoneCommented:
oh...drive is ide?  what year is this machine?  I'm looking up specs to your machine...
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Aaron FeledyDrupal Developer and ConsultantCommented:
What is the computer's make and modell?
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BPWALKINAuthor Commented:
5315-2122
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silemoneCommented:
The articles tells you two ways to fix BP for your the exact problem your having
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PUNKYCommented:
First, you need to check on Acer support website see if there is XP drivers to support for your system, if not, you will have to go thru the pain of searching drivers for the system, so that it can work properly after XP install.
The IDE mode is standard mode (I guess you see it in Advanced Option), actually the drive could be SATA since I dont see many new system has IDE drive.
As noted above by experts, your best way is to slipstream XP and add sata controller driver for installation OS CD/DVD .... let start with searching sata controller driver for XP .... if you can get that ... there you go. If not, you might forget the plan downgrade it.
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BPWALKINAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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focusoftCommented:
For Acer Aspire 5315 Windows XP Drivers go at

http://www.focusoft.biz/2008/11/13/download-acer-aspire-5315-windows-xp-drivers

I install them on my notebook and working very well.
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h_ythakkarCommented:
I already downgraded my HP pavilion dv4 laptop from vista 64 bit to windows xp professional 32 bit, but i am not able to find any drivers for windows Xp. Please hel pme or provide sloution for all the drivers..VGA..Sound..Network..USB...etc
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