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Formatting issue on laptop, urgent help needed

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I am downgrading a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop from Windows Vista to XP. The laptop was designed to run on both platforms, and I have all the drivers needed.

My problem is, when I place my windows XP cd in and boot, it will start fine but when it comes to detecting the hard drives later on it can't find any so I cant delete/create partitions and install XP.

I realized I needed the third party program drivers for the sata hard drives. I got them, cleaned up my usb stick, and extracted them to my usb. When I placed it in and restarted the computer, it comes up with a screen saying place the factory floopy disk into drive A: and hit enter to continue, but it does nothing.

I have tried both, having the usb in on start up, and placing it right before that screen comes up and it does nothing.

Please help, thanks.
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Why can't you make your own slipstreamed CD that has Sata Raid drivers included in the CD?



I considered doing this on my acer laptop but kept Vista on it and now would not go back to XP. I really don't have any problems with vista at all.


Edited by SRX660, 15 October 2008 - 03:05 PM.

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