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Can I get XP on Sony Vaio VGN-FW21M?

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I have a sony vgn-fw21m however everytime I pop the XP install disc into the computer and boot from it. It loads the files and then say "Windows has encountered a problem and has shutdown, If you continue to experience this problem try CHKDSK".

I have done what it asks yet I am unable to get past the screen.

Is there something I have done wrong Or do I need to find generic drivers and then integrate them with the install disc
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Do you know what version of XP is on the disk, i.e. Service Pack level.
It sounds as though the disk does not have any service packs.  If the disk doesn't have a service pack installed have a look at slipstreaming SP2 into an install disk here at http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1626 or trying to get a SP2 disk.
 
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I have tried different versions however the one I do have was originally XP SP1 but I managed to download an XP version with SP3 and I still have the same problem.
BTW does having any service packs affect the problem.
I will try slipstreaming and see if it has any effect. Please do watch this post.
Thank You for your speedy reply anyway
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by:AK2009
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I have tried it with windows xp SP2 and XP SP3 still the same screen. I also noted it said remove any newly installed hard drives and ensure hard drives are properly configured and terminated, unsure what it means though. Please assist me with my problem. This is getting really annoying.
Thank  you for your response in advance
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I have just managed to download a 64 bit version of XP and with a bit of luck it installed. My system has an x64 processor and probably that was the problem. However thank you for your help anyway.

If you do find what the real problem was please do email me on doctorof2012@live.com.
Thank you for your response
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The solution was quite helpful however it did not fix my problem. Instead I downloaded a 64bit version of XP and that resolved my problem. Thankyou for your help anyway
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It should work fine, but it will be alil hard to find the drivers.
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