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Vista/XP Dual Boot Problems
« on: June 04, 2007, 02:40:29 PM »
I recently bought a new HP dv9339 notebook PC with Vista Home pre-installed.  There's tons to hate about Vista, but I do acknowledge that it's probably what I'll want to use for some applications (if not all, eventually).  With that in mind, I created a new partition, turned off SATA support (necessary for installing XP), and installed XP Pro.
Since HP doesn't support XP any more, I had to search for a lot of the drivers I needed, but I installed them one by one (except for my audio drivers and USB drivers), and soon I had a pretty functional version of XP running.  For about two days.  Then, out of the blue and not related to any changes as far as I could see, I got a IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD.  When I turned my computer back on, the motherboard gave me a series of angry beeps and the monitor failed to turn on.  I gave it a rest, tried again, and got a message saying that "E:\Windows\System\System32\" was missing or corrupted (E was the XP partition I'd created).  the weird thing is, after I reformatted E and reinstalled XP on it, these problems remained (MOST of the time; occasionally I could boot into XP just fine).

Luckily, Circuit City has a great return policy (no questions asked) so I got a fresh one.  I'm just running Vista on it right now, and I'm scared to try XP again.  I'm wondering if these problems were a hardware issue (in which case I don't care, I've got a new computer), or something I did by installing XP--and if it's an XP problem, is there any way for me to install XP on this machine without killing it?

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Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Problems
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007, 02:48:00 PM »
The issue was most likely caused by installing incompatible drivers.

Windows Vista can handle the newer drivers, but XP cannot in most cases, specifically with OEM distributed drivers.

Also, since it is an OEM distributed driver, you may have even more trouble finding the driver.

XP is old software now, just like ME, 2000, 98, 95, 3.11, 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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    Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Problems
    « Reply #2 on: July 08, 2007, 01:06:48 PM »
    You will have to Install XP first becuase of a Boot setting in vista.
    Laptop Specs:
    Manufacturer:Gateway
    Model:MT3705
    OS:Windows Vista Home Premium
    Processor:Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB
    Graphics:ATI Readeon Xpress 200M Graphics with 256 HyperMemory
    Memory:1024 MB DDR2
    Network: B/G WLAN Card, 10/100 mbps Ethernet LAN, 56k Fax/Modem

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    Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Problems
    « Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 04:00:49 PM »
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    Since HP doesn't support XP any more, I had to search for a lot of the drivers I needed,

    Where do you get this info from ? ? ?

       
     
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    Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Problems
    « Reply #4 on: July 08, 2007, 09:47:17 PM »
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