January 6, 2020 at 12:46 pm #17399
Yes, It’s a bit weird how I’m trying to install such an outdated piece of software, but hear me out:
A couple of months ago, I’ve decided that I wanted to run Windows XP on my PC and I ran into some issues. Problem number one: When I inserted the installation disc and booted up my computer, it went through all of the setup preparations and everything, then bluescreened with the error code 0x7B (or, in modern days, “INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE”). However, after looking at some forum posts, I’ve realized that what I had to do is to turn of ACHI on my bios settings, which Problem number two: Didn’t have the option to do so. The other path was to inject AHCI drivers into the install disc itself, so that the OS could run successfully. After turning the disc into an ISO file and doing some special magic to put a generic ACHI driver into it, I burned a second disc and tried installing Windows XP via it.
It ‘worked’. After the “Setup is starting windows…” part, it booted up and allowed me to install the OS successfully. The issue now is that after the installation is done and the computer reboots, I get the XP bootscreen for about a second, then it bluescreens with the same error as before (0x7B).
Now, after doing some more research, I’ve realized that there exists a driver from my computer’s manufacturer made specifically for Windows XP, so the next thing I’ll do is to try injecting that one into the disc and installing it, but I don’t have my hopes up.
And no, my computer doesn’t have floppy disk drives or spaces to add them (I could maybe look at putting the drivers into a floppy and using an external drive to read them, but it’s unlikely, as I don’t have neither of those). And yes, I’ve searched my BIOS for all kinds of ways to disable AHCI so XP can install properly, and there were none.
So, what do you think I do next? For the moment, I’ll try burning a third disc with the manufacturer’s drivers and I’ll publish an update once that happens, but don’t expect much of it.
Until then!January 7, 2020 at 8:32 am #17455
UPDATE: Nope, it didn’t work. I’ve tried injecting the manufacturer’s drivers into a disc and it didn’t even boot up without bluescreening. I’ve also tried recreating the DVD with the generic (universal) AHCI drivers, and XP did in fact install, but still didn’t work after the first boot. It’s like the drivers aren’t being copiedJanuary 7, 2020 at 10:18 am #17462bzerk86ModeratorFUNK: 1,021Rank: Magic Macaque
Might be quite a challenge to get this to work on any computer built after 2016 unless there are specific drivers available.
Is this a custom built computer? If it uses UEFI rather than BIOS (or as the bios?!) you might have to fiddle with this. As you are getting the “starting Win XP” screen, I doubt this will be your problem but thought I would mention it just in case.
Cheers,January 7, 2020 at 11:40 am #17469AdrianaModeratorFUNKY KINGFUNK: 2,750Rank: Classy Baboon
I have some vague memories of adding SATA drivers to an XP image around 2010, even then it was a challenge! I used to have Windows 7 and XP in dual boot. My cat Pixie broke that Dell laptop a couple of years later though, and I haven’t experimented since. Maybe a virtual machine would be easier.January 7, 2020 at 11:55 am #17473
You’re right. I’ve tried this many times, however my computer was built in 2015 (at least, as that’s when I bought it) and it works just fine for OSs down to Vista. I think there MAY be a couple of drivers out there that work with it, but I hadn’t found any of them yet.
It actually uses UEFI, and at this point, I don’t really know what to do as, like I’ve previously mentioned, With the Universal drivers, Win. XP installs correctly, but bluescreens when I boot it up after installation (with the same 0x7B or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE stop code). At the point, I haven’t yet tried to install XP and with the drivers on a floppy disk, but that’ll need an external floppy drive, which I can’t buy right now (neither the floppy disks).
Anyway, I may check out what you mentioned, but then again, the firmware settings don’t really offer much to customize. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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