IBM Vista to XP
Posted on 2009-04-08
I have a IBM IntellaStation M Pro 6218 45Z with Vista. I work at a non-profit company and this is a donated machine. The Vista that is installed has been diabled (key stripped) therefore I can not start the OS. This is okay because everyone at the non-profit group use XP Pro. I want to install XP on this machine and I have am having no luck!
When the installation is about to happen XP gives me a message that says "no nard drive found". I know this probaly means that I need the proper HD controller drivers. I went to the IBM website and this exact machine is not listed. I downloaded the 45Y istead of the 45Z drivers hoping this would be close enough. I then slipstreamed them into the installation disk but I recieved the same error. I also used the F6 option (using a tempory foppy drive) but this did not work either.
I then went to Intel and Adaptec to see if I could drivers at either (for some reason, when the computer boots, I see both manufators listed as controllers... maybe something to do with a RAID). Normally I would go into the device manager to get the specific drivers but since I can't get into Vista....
I also called IBM but the machine is out of warranty and since we are non-profit we can not afford to pay the charge (if we can avoid it that is).
Anyway, I am stuck... any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!