For testing purposes, I need to wipe out W7 from an Aspire 3810T laptop and install XP(SP3) on it.
Tried three different CD's, but they all failed, possibly because the drive is SATA. In the BIOS, changed AHCI to IDE, but it didn't work.
Next, downloaded the latest AHCI Intel SATA AHCI Driver (126.96.36.1999) from Acer's site, put the files on a USB drive, hit F6 when prompted to add drivers, but XP simply goes ahead without reading the USB drive.
Next, I figured maybe upgrading the BIOS would solve the issue, so ran Unetbootin to install FreeDOS on a USB key, downloaded and copied BIOS upgrade 1.28 onto the USB key, rebooted on the USB key, typed C: to switch to the USB key, hit F.BAT which calls "fla JM31.128", but got a crash:
DOS/4GW Professional error (2001): exception 0EH
Does someone know how to install XP on a laptop with SATA drive?