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04-19-2012 10:42 PM - edited 04-19-2012 10:43 PM
I have HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC model number A9J86EA.
Machine runs Win 7 as installed by you. It is Sandy Bridge HM 65. I am trying to install XP SP3 from a known valid CD. Your travel bag states XP is supported. I require to dual boot XP. On inserting XP CD there is blue screen STOP when Windows set up launches (after loading drivers).
Research indicates this is a known issue that XP CDs do not include SATA drivers. There is no setting I can see in BIOS config to set IDE or compatiblity mode which is one known workaround. The other workaround is to slipstream IAAHCI drivers into the XP CD using nlite. I have tried this again without success, possibly because there seems no working link for the exact IAAHCI drivers that HM65 needs.
Official tech support's only answer is to create disk image (to save reinstalling all my win 7 apps) then format the drive and then install XP. Has anyone done that or have other solutions like a compatible old BIOS? Why would installing XP on a fresh drive work any better?
04-20-2012 06:17 AM
Below is the link to the Intel AHCI drivers you need for your notebook. Slipstream all of them so you don't have to worry about which is the exact one you need.
Second download is XP 32 bit.
If you want to know what driver you do need, it would be the Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller.
You may want to read this guide for slipstreaming the drivers at the link below. Read the Intel section.
If you have a USB floppy drive you can extract the AHCI drivers to a FD and hit the F6 key when prompted and when XP comes to the S prompt to actually load the drivers you use your Up/Down arrow keys and sroll to and select the Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller, and install XP that way as well.
04-20-2012 10:53 PM
Thanks much, I installed XP OK by slipstreaming in the exact "mobile" driver you mentioned.
In fact I had already made a bootable USB flash stick from the original XP CD contents using WintoFlash; that did not produce the STOP message but XP could only see the flash stick to install on whereas I wanted to install on the hard drive.
Anyway, the next issue is that the built in wireless internet does not work - is there a legacy driver for that? I do have a Thomson TG123g USB wireless dongle which installs and connects but the installation is broken on reboot and the only way to repair it for a single boot is to system restore back to initial state. Obvoiusly I would prefer to use the intended built in wireless.
04-21-2012 09:35 AM
You're very welcome.
There should be XP drivers for your WLAN card.
Please click on the network contoller needing drivers (as a matter of fact click on all devices with the yellow ? marks one at a time in the device manager).
Then click on the details tab.
Post the top string of characters you see for each device needing drivers. Those will ID the types and models of the devices, and I can try and find XP drivers for them.
04-21-2012 10:05 PM
Here are the exclamation marked items from Device Manager.
VEN DEV SUBSYS
10EC 8136 166F103C
1814 5390 1636103C
10EC 5209 166F103C
8086 1C20 166F103C
PCI Simple communications
8086 1C3A 166F103C
SM Bus controller
8086 1C22 166F103C
Video Controller VGA Compatible
8086 0106 166F103C
04-22-2012 08:28 AM
First install the chipset driver and reboot. First download listed.
Try this video driver.
Ethernet: Download the 6th one on the list.
04-23-2012 01:57 AM
Thanks for links.
Wireless, Ethernet and MEI installed OK, but the video installer said my PC did not meet requirements and the audio installer didn't complete as the new hardware wizarfd could not find drivers for the HD Audio. I installed SP3 with no change.
I now have 5 exclamations in Device Manager
(VEN /DEV/ SUBSYS )
Audio Device HD on Audio Bus (2 instances)
111D 7605 103C166F
8086 2805 8086101
10EC 5209 166F103C
8086 1C22 166F103C
Video Controller VGA
8086 0106 166F103C
There is no visible audio device in Device Manager, just audio codecs.
04-23-2012 05:55 AM - edited 04-23-2012 05:56 AM
I recommend you read the XP downgrade guide at the link below.
The infor for downgrading your model can be found under the section labeled Difficult Models.
Graphics and audio will be the hardest drivers to find, and get to install correctly (if you can at all).
04-26-2012 08:55 PM - edited 04-26-2012 08:57 PM
Thanks for your help, Paul.
The audio worked more or less after installing MS-UAA then C:\SWSetup\Drivers\AudioHHP\setup.exe. The only problem was that there is no playback audio from the front speakers, only the audio out port. I tried different setup configs like laptop and keyboard speakers.
I tried everything on the "difficult" page but never managed to obtain any working video drivers. All the NVidia installers (modified or not) say the machine has no NVidia drivers. The video isn't bad but clearly not of the quality it should be. What is a problem is that there is no video coming out of the VGA port, which means I cannot drive another monitor keep the HP closed as I can on Win 7. I know XP multi-monitor support is bad but it should be able to do what I want?
In your opinion would formatting the drive and installing XP first actually help anything?
A more trivial problem; I gently removed two keys on the keyboard to remove some dust. I have not broken them but can't find the trick to put the keys back. Is there a trick?
04-27-2012 06:09 AM - edited 04-27-2012 06:09 AM
You have the Intel integrated video, so that would be why the graphics doesn't work.
You will need to find the correct Intel HD graphics driver for XP.
I posted the link to the one that I thought would work but since it didn't, now it is just a blind search for different ones to try out.
I don't know if formatting the drive and re-installing XP would make a difference. I doubt it. Your notebook is simply not supported for XP, and trying to get stuff to work properly, presents a challenge.
You may never get it to work right, anymore than if you tried to install Windows 98 on it.
The keys...I was lucky once. Popped one off by accident and I was able to snap it right back on.
There is a trick to it, and I have posted a helpful link which I hope allows you to reattach the keys.