I tried to install windows xp professional on my HP Laptop. I made my first bootable device as cd rom And immediately after that a blue screen and says a message.
(Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected
to your computer, and that any disk-related hardsware configuration is
correct. Thish may involve running a manufaturer -supplied diagnostic
or setup program.
Setup cannot continue- To quit, press F3.)
So please somebody help me out in solving out this issue.How can I install windows.Is it possible. I am waiting for ur reply.....
Here's a possible solution if you're in this kind of SATA hard drives not found situation. The trick is related to ACHI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) hardware mechanism which are designed to allow software to communicate with Serial ATA (SATA) devices such as host bus adapters with features not offered by Parallel ATA (PATA) controllers such as higher speeds, hot-plugging and native command queuing (NCQ). Windows XP (and any OS older than Vista or linux kernel 2.6.19) does not come pre-packaged with the driver to support AHCI/SATA mode, thus creating a very common error that Wikipedia also described as "when attempting to install Microsoft Windows XP or a previous version on an AHCI-enabled system will cause the setup to fail with the error message `set up could not detect hard disk drive...'".
Users can install Windows XP or Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) on an AHCI enabled system by changing BIOS setting to disable AHCI (or RAID which includes AHCI in its functions) and use native SATA IDE emulation mode (SATA/PATA). In SATA IDE Emulation mode, XP setup can find the SATA drives and proceed to continue to install XP properly. How to change the BIOS settings on SATA mode is dependent on which brand and model or even motherboard of your computer system. Check your system manual for more information. For example, on Dell Precision workstation, press F2 to go into BIOS, and then go to "SATA Management" to select AHCI or SATA mode. If you don't find any option in BIOS to change AHCI support for SATA ports, most probably the drives already runs in IDE (ATA) emulation mode and therefore doesn't require the AHCI driver. It's because AHCI support is depending on the chipset (commonly by Intel) and the HDD. In this case, you have to figure out what's other causes that may stop your SATA disks from functioning.
A slightly more difficult but recommended method is to create a slipstreamed XP install disc with the Intel Matrix Storage Manager which is also has the AHCI SATA Controller driver included. A slipstreamed XP setup CD with AHCI SATA controller driver allows the XP OS to support hard disk on AHCI and use its advanced features such as NCQ for faster access, read and write speed. While slipstreaming, users can also have the advantage to include all updates for Windows XP for up-to-date patched OS, without the need to download and install hotfixes later.