> Purchased a Toshiba laptop with Vista Install....tried to install XP Pro but
> setup states 'can't see hard drive'. Any suggestions please.
Remember SATA didn't really exist (or at least wasn't commercially
available) when WinXP was initially developed. Very early in the boot
process, just after having booted from the WinXP CD, the screen will
display the words to the effect: "Setup is examining your system."
Press <F6> when this happens, and have the *manufacturer's*
WinXP-specific drivers for your SATA controller available on a floppy disk.
A couple more things to bear in mind:
1) If the computer was specifically designed for Vista, there may not
be any WinXP-specific device drivers available for any of the computer's
components. Check with the manufacturer before starting.
2) Replacing the factory-installed operating system may void your
warranty and will almost certainly void any support obligation the
manufacturer has. Check with the manufacturer for specifics, before
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