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using nlite with sony vaio factory recovery cds

I am trying to slipstream an xp cd using nlite "latest version" with a set of cds that came with my sony vaio pcv-rx660 desktop pc. Old I know but I have upgraded the memory and plan to upgrade the hard drive but want to start  fresh but without having to go through the hole applying windows updates and much less service packs since the original disks come with no service pack. The problem is nlite doesn't see my recovery cd as an xp install cd. The only disk with an I386 folder is disk 1. It also contains a sony.img iso file on it. Is there a way to accomplish what I want or is there another alternative? Files and folders on disk are; Folders= I386 and Sony, Files=AUTORUN.INF, SONY.IMG @ 550mb, WIN51, WIN51IP, and WINBOM.INI
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"... Would take you longer to build the Disk and test it probably.... "   ==>  Absolutely agree.    Simply installing from the recovery media;  updating everything;  and then imaging the result provides a MUCH better path for any future re-installs -- complete with all updates; programs;  any program updates; user customizations;  etc.
what you can do -when the new system is installed - is slipstreaming all service packs into it to make the "latest" version install cd  : http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/Slipstreaming_Windows_XP_Service_Pack_3.html
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The RX-660 supports ATA-100, so the drive interface is fine.    There's a good chance, however, that the BIOS is restricted to 28-bit LBAs, so there may be an issue with any drives larger than 128GB.    Note that even if this is the case, XP can most likely (after the service packs are installed) access the rest of a larger drive => you'll need to create a 2nd partition within Disk Management to use this.

You'll know if that's the case by simply looking in the BIOS to see what size it reports for your new drive.    IF the BIOS shows a smaller drive, then do NOT use any 3rd party tools to manage the partitions -- they will wipe out your partition structure.    But the VAIO controllers (at least for those I've had experience with), will support the 48-bit LBA addressing used by XP's internal disk drivers (XP does not use the BIOS routines).

Note that if this is the case, you may have to skip Step (g) in my list above;  or possibly limit the expanded size to less than the 28-bit LBA limit.    You'll know from the Partition Work display in Boot-It which is the case.

... Note the max memory for this system is 1GB  => reasonble for XP, but not as much as I'd generally like.    But it should perform fine for a basic internet/e-mail/office machine  [I've set up several older systems for folks with these basic needs with very similar CPUs].
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Wow! Lots of responses all with very good points. I'm responding from my phone right now so sorry for any mistakes beforehand. To answer some of the questions; I did upgrade the ram to it's max of 1gb. And I already have usb 2.0 card in it as well. As far as how much it sucks right now, it's very very slow to the point that it irritates me to use it. I think part of the problem could be the hard drive nearing the end of it's life which is another reason I wanted to replace it. Since the system is so cluttered from years of use I didn't want to ghost the image to the new drive leading to my wishes of slipstreaming. Another reason I believe the drive might be having problems is because I also have ubuntu 10.04 installed and it runs better than xp  does but it also constantly has periods of freezing or stuttering.(hope you understand my explanation ) I hadn't really thought about the whole getting a used on for a bit more than what the drive I was planning to get would cost but now that I see here about the size limitation the new drive could be had for very cheap. I hope to get some more replies from the journal of post I just did. But do far thanks to everyone for your input!
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Also the rx-660 is not my main machine so the fact that it's quite a bit behind hardware wise isn't an important factor. The thing is I also have a dual monitor ati video card installed that was near top of the line back when I put it in. I just want at least to get the OS running smooth again like it once did. I am leaning towards going through the whole process of starting from scratch so I guess my question would be if I can go from factory installed no service pack xp to service pack 3, Or do I have to go sp1, sp2, then sp3?
Pretty sure you can jump from SP1 to SP3, but you need to at least have a SP installed, if not mistaken.....
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I guess I'll have to install sp1 then go to sp3 then.
i never tried the native xp + sp3
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Well thanks to everyone offering their input on my question. Since there was no solution to do exactly what I wanted I have given everybody that participated points. Everyone had a good point and on their suggestions. But I think that garycase's answer is probably the best way to go. Once again thanks to everyone!