M15x And Windows XP

Discussion in 'Alienware M15x' started by tuhintt, May 18, 2010.

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  1. Sgt.

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    You'll get it via Dells site... download Vista 64-bit drivers and install it using compatibilty mode for XP-SP2. Worked for me. But I was running WinXP virtually via VMWare Player and didn't install CC and OSD. I wanted to play Quake3 in XP and downloaded the video drivers from nVidia's site and it worked pretty good.
     
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    thx Sgt. but i have problem in windows xp 64 not in virtualized windows xp, so if anyone have some idea where can i get winxp drivers for alienware M15x pls tell me.

    thanks
     
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    1) I know for the drivers version 86 XP ; ( not for 64 bits) ... if that interest you ( ... ).

    2) The Nvidia drivers for the M15X Video/Audio card exist for Windows XP 64 bits .... that is if you have Nvidia graphic card .... ((I think the American version of the M15X is with an ATI Radeon )) (in Europe Nvidia)

    let me know if you need any of these ...

    How did you manage to install XP ??? I have tried with the XP ( non 64 bits) with no luck .
    At install I have the Stop error screen ( Blue Screen ) ; that prevent me from installation .

    If I switch in the BIOS ACHI to ATA , than my optical device is automatically disconnected ... So I am very interested about knowing how you did pass the Blue Death Screen:eek2:
     
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    yes its interest me, so pls share it with me, thanks

    i didn't had any problem with my NVidia GTX 260M driver, its on the official site

    well i had bluescreen too untill i disconnected my optical drive

    1. i disconnected the cd/dvd drive from the motherboard
    2. i turned the HDD in BIOS from AHCI to ATA
    3. install xp from an USB thumbdrive

    and thats it
     
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    connect with me , please
     
  6. Sgt.

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    Ya.. Disabling the Optical Drive does the trick in installing WinXP. And Vista64 bit drivers found in the Dells site works for XP too. Just run it in compatibility mode for XP SP2, that's it. ;)
     
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    true

    well i don't have "XP SP2" compatibility mode in my "Windows XP 64 bit" only "XP" mode and it's not working with vista drivers

    i don't have problem with: LAN and GPU drivers
    but: audio; wifi; bluetooth

    thx
     
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    May I ask ; How do you disable the Optical drive ?

    I have tried it in many ways ( of course not opening the laptop)

    Anyway , if you switch AHCI to ATA the optical drive neither the USB work anymore ; so how do you manage ?
     
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    You'll have to disable the DVD by opening the laptop...but it's quite tricky to get to it. If you haven't opened up your system before, I suggest you leave this one alone because an Optical Drive is below the palmrest and you'll have to open up the entire system before you can get to it.
     
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    Is there any other option than opening the laptop ?

    I mean ; this is a really unusual process in order to install an OS : unplug the Optical drive from the motherboard by opening the laptop ....

    Maybe there is a flashing BIOS possibilities ? or a Driver process to install so the AHCI would accept the XP installation .

    Else : I have the W7 Ultimate upon the MX15 ; I heard it's possible to downgrade ? How can this be done .... if the Windows.old folder must contains XP ??
     
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