Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Old Windows XP on New Dell Latitude

More adventures in system administration: I needed to install Windows XP on a new Dell Latitude laptop to support a demo. My old Windows XP installation CD crapped out, claiming it could not find any disk drives/devices.

The workaround (thanks to Rick McMullen) turned out to be to change from SATA AHCI to ATA in the BIOS. On the downside, it wiped out my old Vista installation, although switching back to AHCI seemed to recover it.