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Unable to remove vista and install xp on laptop


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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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You did download and use the XP driver didn't you ? Your PC , according to Dell uses the IDT 92HD8XX sound chip , for which these are the drivers .


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