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Lenovo 3000 N200 notebook downgrade

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Hi there guys. I am new to the forum. I have a Lenovo N200 and I want to downgrade to XP. I've been searching all over the net but cant seem to find the answers I am looking for. Can someone PLEEEEEASE assist:

1. Can I just do the downgrade by downloading the Intel Matrix Storage driver and putting it on a stiffy (external USB stiff drive) and press F6 before the installation to install the SATA driver? I have read that some people have problems with this method.

2. Can a flash drive be used instead of a USB stiffy drive?

Here are the instructions on the Lenovo site, but do they work for downgrading from Vista Home Basic?

Installation instructions

On another system

1. On another system, extract this package onto the hard drive.

2. Connect a USB-Floppy Disk drive or USB-Hard disk drive.

3. Specify f6flpy32.exe with the full path name where you extracted the package in the step 1, and double-click.

On target system

1. Connect a USB-Floppy Disk driver or USB-Harddisk drive that you used in the above steps on the target system.

2. Restart with Windows XP SP2 Operating System CD and press F6. The following message is displayed.

Windows Setup

Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s):


* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S.

* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.

3. Press S to specify additional Device. The following message is displayed.

You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows, using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.

Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC to return to the previous screen.

Intel® 82801HEM SATA RAID Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E)

Intel® 82801HEM/HBM SATA ACHI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)

Intel® 82801HR/HH/HO SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH8R)

Intel® 82801HR/HH/HO SATA AHCI Controller (Desktop ICH8R)

4. Select the "Intel® 82801HEM/HBM SATA ACHI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)" and Press Enter. The following message is displayed.

Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s): Intel® 82801HEM/HBM SATA ACHI Controller (Mobile ICH8M0E/M)

5. Press Enterto continue. The following is displayed.

Welcome to Setup. This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft® Windows® XP to run on your computer.

6. Press Enter to setup Windows XP.

7. Continue to setup Windows XP according to the indicated messages.

Please guys, any help will be GREATLY appreciated.

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Thanks. I will give that a try. This is what I've done so far.

Downloaded the intel storage matrix driver from the Lenovo site and extracted it to a stiffy. Started the windows XP load and pressed F6 and installed the required SATA driver. The installation then got to the point just after formatting the drive and requested the intel storage matrix driver disk again, but even though the disk was inserted it would not see it.

Second attempt. Went into BIOS and disabled SATA. Loaded windows successfully. Went back into the BIOS, re-enabled SATA, machine blue screened at windows load. Tried running a windows repair on it but no luck.

Third attempt, Same as second, but this time tried to install the intel matrix storage driver before re-enabling SATA but there was no way to install the driver from the device manager as it only detected IDE drives.

At the moment I have it running with SATA disabled in the BIOS. My question is, why cant I leave it running this way? What would it affect if I left the SATA disk running as an IDE drive?

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You will have slower read/write speed on HDD.

I had the same problem on my Toshiba A300 17N. The only solution was to integrate the SATA driver in the WXP with nLite and made after that a new WXP CD.

But I think you'll need a new key.

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Ok so I just tried nlite. Added the driver and created a bootable ISO. Once it was done I started Nero and selected to burn a disk image and tried to locate the ISO but Nero did not see it. I then extracted all the files from the ISO and burnt it do disc and used nero to make it bootable. When I attempted to boot I got into DOS and went into the CD's directory and attempted to run SETUP, but it said "could not be run in DOS mode"

What am I doing wrong and why wont Nero 6.x.x see the nlite ISO file?

@DiO, how badly will the speed be affected? Will anything else happen?

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