My laptop's HDD recently died. I replaced it with a new SATA HDD.
My CD drive doesn't work, so my only choice is to install things from USB.
I tried installing WinXP, but apparently it doesn't have native SATA drivers (?) I get a BSOD everytime I boot. I downgraded from Vista to XP as soon as I got the laptop, with no problems. but I'm not even sure how to find the right ones. My last HDD was SATA as well, so it can't be some kind of hardware incompatibility... can it?
I wanted to DBAN my HDD and just install archlinux, but DBAN is hanging on "PCI (sysfs)." Others have said to disable media card readers (it's the cause of the hang), but my BIOS doesn't have an option for that!
My laptop is an HP dv6700, Turion X2 TL-60.