WinXP reboot loop, XP CD won't recognize HDD

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Eric - Dec 16, 2009 at 10:17 PM
xpcman Posts 19531 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Dec 17, 2009 at 03:03 PM
Hi, everyone. I've got a combination of problems with a laptop, and I haven't found a solution yet, so I'm hoping that one of you can help me.

The laptop has a virus that sent it into the infinite reboot loop (logs on, then immediately logs off, then logs on, then logs off, etc.).

I can't boot into safe mode. It goes back into the log on/log off loop.

I've tried booting from the XP CD so I can repair the installation or just format the drive and start from scratch, but it tells me that no hard drive is found.

At first I suspected that the XP CD might not have drivers for the SATA drive, but it was able to find the SATA drive on my desktop computer.

I'm stuck. Where do I go from here?

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xpcman Posts 19531 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,833
Dec 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM
It's not the SATA drive that Windows XP has problems with. It's the SATA controller in the laptop that is the problem. I don't know if you can do it with your laptop, but try going into the BIOS set-up and have a look to see if you can tell it to use the SATA controller in IDE or PATA mode.
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I disabled the native SATA mode in the BIOS and was able to get it going.

Thanks!
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Is there any down side in leaving the native SATA mode disabled, or any advantage in enabling it again?
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Dec 16, 2009 at 10:48 PM
Hi Eric,

I think your HDD crashed in the process, so you will have to change for another one !
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xpcman Posts 19531 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,833
Dec 17, 2009 at 03:03 PM
It will be a little slower for hard disk reads.
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