dell e4200 windows xp

Posted on 2012-08-15
Last Modified: 2012-08-17
I have a dell e4200 ssd laptop. I am trying to install on it windows xp and it does not find the hard disk. I tried to switch the setting on the bios to adhs
Question by:Starquest321
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    You will need a floppy disk and drive and extract the driver for the disk controller to it, then when installing XP press f6 to use that driver. If You can't get a floppy disk or drive you will have to slipstream the driver to a Windows XP installation CD. nliteos is a tool that can do that, but there are also other ways.

    Before you install XP I suggest using gparted (a tool included on the free partedmagic liveCD) to create the partition for your installation on the ssd drive. This tool ensures the partition is properly alligned, which xp doesn't do (your SSD would then not work optimally):
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    Make sure that your HDD mode in BIOS is set to IDE Compatible. Then XP SP3 should be able to install on it.
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    If You want have disk in AHCI mode (recomended with SSD), try to find Dell Windows XP SP3 install disc. This version have drivers included. May be You can order this media from Dell Support.
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    As already mentioned switch into AHCI mode and run a repair/reinstall by booting from from the Dell XP CD (The Dell SP3 CD includes the AHCI drivers for the E4200).  If you don't have a Dell XP CD you can slipstream the AHCI driver files using [url="">n-lite[/url].

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    The issue is that I don't have that option. I only have:

    1. Disabled
    2. ATA
    3. AHCI
    4. IRRT
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    ATA would be compatible mode. But for SSD's you should use AHCI mode, so you either need the driver and floppy, or slipstream the drivers like I mentioned earlier, or use a better OS like Windows 7 which probably has the drivers already built-in, and if not you can easily add them via a USB stick during the installation. Apart from that Windows 7 properly formats and uses the SSD, not like XP.
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    Yup, select ATA mode.

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