Getting BSOD when trying to install WinXP Pro..

By s2h68
Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Whussup, peoples!

    I recently bought a new HDD for my Acer Netbook and when I tried to install Win XP, it goes to the BSoD right when it gets to the 'Setup is Staring Windows' stage.

    My error codes are as shown: 0x0000007B (0xF7A9063C, 0x00000000, 0x0000000)
    I mean, pardon my French, but WTF?
    Any insights? Suggestions? Any spare M80's lying around to obliterate the stupid thing?
    Any help would be most appreciamacated!
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Is the new drive SATA ot IDE?
  3. s2h68

    s2h68 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Reply to SATA install query

    Yes, it's a brand new SATA 500Gb.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Are you loading the SATA driver during the startup of Windows setup?

    Windows XP requires the chipset SATA drivers to be loaded (at press F6 prompt) in order to read SATA disks, and therefore enable installing of XP.

    In most cases the computer will BSOD trying to find the disk without them.

    You can get the drivers from the motherboard or computer manufacturers website.
  5. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    A SATA drive as I suspected. Leeky is correct but you won't have a floppy drive on your Netbook so the normal method of installing the drivers won't be possible.

    You will need to use another PC with a CD burner to integrate the SATA drivers on to a copy of your XP disc. Follow this guide and then reinstall with the new disk you create and all will be well.

    On the other hand, if you don't mind loosing the extra speed of a SATA drive you can go into the Bios and set the hard drive to run in IDE mode.

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