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Unable to remove vista and install xp on laptop


mateare4

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I have a Dell Studio 1440 Model Number PP40L which came with Vista preinstalled. I have followed all instructions in every forum only to be completely stymied. This laptop does not have a built-in CDROM, but I have attached a CD/DVD external drive via the USB port.

Despite reconfiguring the BIOS to startup from either the USB port or the CD drive, the computer constantly defaults to the hard drive, which I then cannot reformat because it is in use. Of course, the XP CD will not let me install XP over the Vista. I understand that I must reformat the hard drive before installing XP, but the damnable machine refuses to boot from the XP CD or from a bootable flash drive that I made.

I sincerely hope that somebody has the answer to this question. I have now spent two entire days trying to resolve this problem.

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mateare4

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I did download the driver and installed it. It said that the device cannot work [10]

This is the same problem I have had with every sound driver I have tried.

The computer is working great, just no sound.

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