I have a client with that just recently purchased an Acer Aspire 5515 laptop. The software that they use in their company requires them to use Windows XP. The software manufacturers have not as of yet updated their software for VIsta.
I am running into major issues with the downgrade to Windows XP 32 bit, specifically with the SATA/Raid drivers. I found several places that had the sata ahci drivers online and have downloaded multiple copies, the error that I continually get is: The file ahcix64.sys is corrupted.
Here are the multiple configuration scenarios that I have used to so far and nothing has worked.
1. Slipstreamed using nlite both x86 and x64 drivers turned off OEM preinstall. Corrupted ahcix64.sys file
2. Slipstreamed just the x86 drivers, because that is all I should need OEM preinstall off. Same error.
3. Created a floppy with the drivers, starts to go thru the install process, but then gets to a screen asking for the floppy with the drivers on it, and of course doesn't read the floppy at that point.
4. Slipstreamed drivers with OEM preinstall left on, corrupted error.
5. I have tried all of those previous scenarios with IDE Native set in the bios, and all of those scenarios with IDE AHCI set in the bios. NATIVE setting and AHCI setting in the bios are the only configurable options for the hard.
I am not sure what else to try. I contacted ACER tech support asking for official drivers from them and explained that I had to downgrade to winxp and all I got was this we don't support changing OS and I should stick with VISTA, junk response, but that I can upgrade my OS as much as I want. It was a waste of time.
I am going to restore the laptop to VIsta right now and run a hardware scan to the manufacturer of the motherboard. This has been a real pain. I have always been able to get computers to downgrade in the past pretty easily with slipstreaming the appropriate drivers. Anyone else have any good ideas?