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I'm going to install Windows XP SP2 on my Latitude E6400 Dell Laptop. However, after I boot from cdrom the message appears:

Windows is inspecting your hardware configuration

Then the black screen appears and it doesn't show any windows form.

Does anyone have idea or solution?

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By default, Dell Latitude E-series laptops come with IRRT set as their default SATA Operation which a non-dell XP installation cd cannot handle.

Boot into the BIOS (F12), select "System Configuration", "SATA Operation" and change it from "IRRT" to "ATA".

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I've tried this already but it still doesn't work. Do you have any idea? –  Sarith Feb 17 '10 at 3:18

Try changing it to "AHCI" Mode . That will sort your issue.

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I also tried it already. Thanks –  Sarith Feb 17 '10 at 5:12

I've had to low level format dells first to install an OS.

plus xp doesn't recognize a sata hd unless the driver is slip streamed in.

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