HElp to Install Vista on DEll 1525

yon - Sep 2, 2009 at 12:23 PM
 caglaripek - Oct 15, 2009 at 08:32 AM

I've just got a Dell Inspiron 1525. It had OPENSUSE OS already on it. Wanted to change to Windows Vista.
I inserted Boot Dvd and proceeded. However, in collecting info stage at Where to install windows, it showed that it had 4 partitions:

Partition 1: 2.0GB- Primary
Partition 2: 2.0 Gb -
Partition 3: 20 Gb
Partition 4: 125 Gb

Couldn't install Vista in any of the partitions.
Partition 1 & 2 because too small (lacking 5132 MB free space)
Partition 3&4: Windows cannot be installed because it has not been formatted as NTFS.

Can s.o plz plz help me.

4 responses

Note: Backup all important files and remove any other external devices before the reinstallation.

1- BIOS Config├╝ration ( Restore Factory Default Settings, Flash Cache Module : OFF,
SATA Operation : ATA )
2- Preparation of installation with Dell Media Direct CD (Select : 1 and Y)
3- Vista Installation (C: Format, Delete and Partitioning)
4- Dell Media Direct Installation
8- Drivers Updating ( with Service Tag )
9- Dell Notebook System Software (5.0.6, A01)
10- Intel Mobile Chipset (Vista32/XP v., A00)
11- Intel GM965 Express Chipset Family (, A03)
12- Ricoh R5C833 (Vista_3.51.01/XP_ 3.51.01, A00)
13- Marvell 88E80XX 10/100 Ethernet Controller (, A01)
14- Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN MiniCard ( /, A17)
15- SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio (, A03)
16- Conexant D330,HDA,MDC.v92 Modem (Drv32_7.59.0.0, A01)
17- Dell Touchpad / Pointing Stick (7.1.1500.2, A01)
18- Creative Labs Laptop Integrated Webcam (R2RC1, A04)
19- Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (Bluetooth 2.0+EDR) (, A00)
20- OPTIARC AD-5560A 12.7 tray IDE DVD+/-RW (DD12, A02)
21- Dell QuickSet (8.2.20, A09)
22- Dell Inspiron 1525 System BIOS (A16)
23- Dell Recommended Vista Power Management Settings (03172008, A01)
24- Creative Labs Dell Webcam Manager (PRC2.0, A04)
25- Roxio Creator
26- Sonic Solutions Roxio Creator LE - VISTA 117725 (Roxio Creator DE 9.0 Patch)
27- Conexant D330,HDA,MDC.v92 Modem (MdmDiag32_1.0.20.0, A00)
28- Dell 32 Bit Diagnostics (Graphical User Interface version)(A1337A0/A0462,A1337A0)
29- Dell Support Center (GM Build version 2.2.08100 (8-25-08), A08)
30- Dell Remote Access (, A06)
31- Office 2007 Enterprise
32- System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista (Latest Version)
33- Vista Activation & Registration
34- Vista Updating
sadgurl Posts 697 Registration date Thursday May 14, 2009 Status Member Last seen November 24, 2010 219
Sep 2, 2009 at 01:18 PM

OpenSuse is install on what partition? can you use a partition editor in opensuse to format the other partition to either fat32 or ntfs?

Also normally, when installing it offers the option to format, please have another look while installing, read the information giving when running the installer
thx a lot 4 ur reply.
Opensuse is installed on the partition 1.
No, i don't know about any "partition installer" on opensuse. In fact, i've never even heard of Opensuse, till now.
yeah, i get the option to format the 125Gb and 20Gb partitions but on doing so it says error.
sadgurl Posts 697 Registration date Thursday May 14, 2009 Status Member Last seen November 24, 2010 219
Sep 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM
Hello Does it give any detail about the error? Do you know how to use fdisk? its a windows utility to create partition, have you tried it?
thx a lot but i managed to solve the last :)
Got the solution here, while reading abt some other guy who wanted to dwngrade to XP.
Had to disable flash cache and set SATA op to ATA from Bios...could then install XP.
Used it to format the 2 big partitions as NTFS & could then install Vista.
Anyway, its ok now (touch wood).
thx again 4 ur concern, means a lot.