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hi fernando, thank you for help and for this fantastic guide i followed your recommandation, since i was unsure about the result i shrinked my 320Gb into 4 partions as follow : c:\ = 70 Gb for Vista d:\ = 10 Gb recovery drive e:\ = 100 Gb for XP f:\ = 120 Gb for Data i created the XP CD including the textmode driver (ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI) according to your guide (i wasn't able to check my BIOS setting before the installation since nothing was mentioned in the BIOS) and it worked XP has detected my hard drives and i finished the installation on the E drive, now the problem is that i cannot boot into vista anymore. i don't want to have a dual boot, i just want to keep only XP how can i do it? but before that i need to make sure that i'm using the AHCI Mode (and not the IDE one) to get advantage of the Intel S-ATA Controller features AHCI can i find out this without the BIOS check? regards, Djasmin
Hi Fernando , i'm trying to desinstall vista from my Pavilion DV5 1199ek, how should i proceed? do i need to format my hard drive as a first step. regarding this point in your guide: "Make sure, that the CD/DVD device where you want to boot off your nLited CD, is not connected to any of the Intel S-ATA ports. Optical drives generally have problems with the enabled AHCI or RAID mode. Solution: Connect the optical drive to another available S-ATA port (for example with JMicron Controller), which is running in IDE mode. Alternatively you may replace your S-ATA CD/DVD device by an IDE connected one. " how could i know whether my optical drive is connected to an Intel S-ATA port (with AHCI enabled), is it the case for a DV5 1199ek? i have 4gb of ram and my controller is Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI, should i install an XP 64 bits? thank you for your help.