Dual-boot a Satellite A660-18 - BSOD install Win XP

I recently bought the laptop above for use on astro photography.
A lot of the software I use is 32 bit and XP to use so I thought that I could set up a dual boot on the laptop using Win 7 64 bit OS (pre-installed) for processing in CS5 after that I captured the images using XP Pro 32 bits of the image.

I use XP Pro 32 bit to control the astronomical mount follow-up and to capture images of the Canon DSLR as they won't work on a more recent OS and most certainly will not work on 64-bit and will not work in compatibility or any virtual box modes.

I started by cutting the main 50 GB partition and creating a new 50 GB partition to install XP Pro on and then tried to install XP Pro from the CD on the new partition. The initial back based races common installation ok with loaded drivers from the CD, but until the installation either by selecting the partition to install XP Pro system stops with a BSOD and I can only turn off the laptop.

I would be grateful pointers for getting this working to dual boot, I realize that some of the features of the laptop will probably be lost under XP Pro but I don't need of work for you USB ports connect to external equipment to control system astro and then I can reboot in win7 OS.

Best regards
KeV Lewis

> Based initial backs racing common installation ok with the drivers loaded from the CD, but before the installation is by selecting the partition to install XP Pro system stops with a BSOD and I can only turn off the laptop.
Please use the forum search option and search of SATA drivers and the installation of Win XP.
There are a lot of discussions about this...

The point is that new notebooks need driver SATA to reinstall the OS.
Win 7 already includes new drivers SATA but Win XP doesn t.

The SATA driver is part of the Intel Storage Manager you can download this from Intel page too.

I used the program nLite to build a new Win XP CD that contains the SATA driver.

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