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11-01-2011 07:52 AM
Hello HP Forum,
My father recently purchased a HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop S5610F, refurbished, and wants me to format it and install Windows XP. I was wondering if this is at all possible? In the past, I've seeked answers from this forum and have always been made at the responses and help I've gotten. I know that it was already harder to find drivers with my Compaq a few years ago, so I can only imagine that XP drivers are even harder to find now.
I thank you all in advance for you assistance with this matter.
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11-01-2011 09:35 AM - edited 11-01-2011 12:49 PM
Let's hope we can help you again...
I think it can be done.
First here is the chipset driver driver. Install and reboot.
Next is the graphics driver. Intall and reboot:
Next is Audio. Install and reboot.
If any of these don't work or you need additional drivers please click on each device in the device manager. Then click on the details tab. Post the top string of characters you see. Those will identify the manufacturer and model of the device you are missing and I can try and find the drivers.
11-01-2011 09:41 AM
Thanks for replying so quickly. I will give those a shot and report back. I anticipate doing this this upcoming weekend, so please be patient with my response!
11-01-2011 09:49 AM
You're very welcome and I will be happy to assist further if necessary.
You may need to change the SATA mode in the BIOS to IDE if there is a setting for that to load XP on these newer machines. Either that or you will need to load the AMD SATA driver at the F6 prompt you get at the beginning of the XP installation.
Unfortunately I don't know what your SATA controller name is, so you may want to write that down before you erase Windows 7.
Found in the device manager under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.
11-05-2011 10:23 AM
I'm starting to do the install. I've checked my device manager and see that it is:
"AMD SATA CONTROLLER"
So I googled for the drivers and found this website. I hope it's okay that I post an external link in this forum...
So I took the latest ones (AMD SATA AHCI Controller Driver version 3.10.1540.64 )
I streamlined them into nLite.... and chose both x86 and x64. not sure which ones I needed so I put them both. But it didn't work. It said that my inf file was corrupt upon loading windows Xp. Is there another sata driver I should download from a different website?
I'll give it another shot and I'll post back.
11-05-2011 10:47 AM
You can try this one. It says for Windows 7, but maybe it works for XP too.
Can't you change your BIOS setting to IDE mode? Then XP installs with no problem and you load the ACHI driver later.
11-05-2011 10:50 AM
I didn't try that. D'oh.
Okay, I will try the windows 7 driver you sent me, if that doesn't work and I make yet another coaster... .lol ... then I will do that change in the bios.
11-05-2011 11:06 AM
So the Windows 7 driver streamlined with nLite did not work. So I restarted the PC and entered Bios. I switched from SATA to IDE and am currently loading the Windows XP cd.
Once XP has been installed... do I ever go back into the BIOS and change back to SATA. Sorry if this is a stupid question... but I don`t fully understand what I'm doing. Or will I have to leave the bios setup to IDE permenantly with a WIndows XP OS installed?