How to Set Up Windows XP on a Studio XPS 16 Laptop

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How to Set Up Windows XP on a Studio XPS 16 Laptop

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Ok, since I just spent about 30 or so hours over the past 3 days, I figured I'd write some tips and locations of drivers for doing this as noone should have to go through what I just did, and MS is busy trying to make their even newer OS's act like Apples (let's leave this out of the discussion though), and I like to be able to customize the interface to my OS.  Ok, so anyways, here we go :

- The first decision you must make is whether or not you want to keep Vista and do a dual-boot, or to wipe it completely and just have XP.  If you decide to just kill the Vista partition, then this is a much easier process.  Otherwise, do a search for "dual boot vista and xp" and read some of the guides on the individual steps.  Basically, what you have to do is resize the Vista partition using either their tool (which has some limitations, and in my case, didn't even let me resize at all.  But try it first if you want : http://www.winvistaclub.com/t11.html).  I used Gparted which is available here : http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php.  Burn it to a CD, reboot, and once in there, you need to use it's partition resizing app to do this.  Read this : http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/resize/resizing.htm, it tells you how to do it.  My HDD is 320 GB, and I resized the Vista partition to 80GB.  This took about 2 or 3 hours. 

 

After that, I (stupidly) attempted to just install XP, not realizing that XP can not deal with SATA HDD's.  So after a painstaking amount of research, I found out what the next step is.  Using Nlite to make a new XP install that has the SATA drivers on it.  You can also take this opportunity to add and Service Packs (http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/xpsp2.html or http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/windows-xp-service-pack-3.html). 

Ok, so download your drivers.  A very important note is make sure that you download drivers that are appropriate for the number of bits of your version of XP; that is download 32-bit drivers for 32 bit XP, and 64-bit drivers for XP x64.  If you don't know what version of XP you have, then chances are that it's 32 bit.  This hung me up for quite a while and coasterized 3 copies of nlite XP before I got drivers that matched.  :

- Intel WiFi Link 5100 : http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Product_Filter.aspx?ProductID=3062

- ICH9R/M SATA : http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=107504

- Sound Drivers!! : http://rapidshare.de/files/40173729/PIDT001.EXE.html

- Video : http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html and http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool.php

Save the sound and video drivers for later.  Only integrate the WiFi and SATA drivers into Nlite.  So, ok, now onto Nlite.  Download that here : http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

Ok, now read this : http://www.scribd.com/doc/2964745/How-to-dual-boot-Vista-and-XP

and this : http://komku.blogspot.com/2007/11/integrate-driver-into-windows.html

Once you integrate the above drivers above into the install disc, taking care to keep all either 32 or 64 bits depending on your copy of XP, you can now reboot with the XP disc, and you should be able to avoid the BSOD "Stop : 0x0000007b (0xc0000034, 0x0000000, 0x00000000)" error.  Provided you did everything correctly, you'll get the screen that allows you to partition the HDD for XP.  If you want to wipe Vista at this point, just select that one and format it.  Otherwise, you want to select whatever partition you created using Gparted or Vista's Disk Management.  Install XP as normal.  During the network setup phase it should allow you to setup your wireless.

Now, if you did a dual-boot, you'll need to install the .net platform (http://www.microsoft.com/net/) and EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1) which uses the .net framework.  You can use this to repair the Master Boot Record to allow for dual boot (http://www.scribd.com/doc/2964745/How-to-dual-boot-Vista-and-XP).  That, or you can insert your Vista install disk and fix it. 

Once you're in XP and that' up and running, and you can dual boot if you want to, install the video drivers (after using the Mobility Modder on the newest Catalyst driver from ATI).  The use the sound drivers listed above, and wholah!  Mostly functional XP. 

 

That being said, not all my devices are set up in XP.   I'm only getting into this now, and if anyone has located drivers for any of the other devices, please post to this and continue this post so we can create a definitive reference for other people with these otherwise nice laptops who also want to run XP on it.

Some info I got was from here : http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=270228&page=4

 

Best wishes and enjoy your XP!

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  • Hello, and thanks for the information.

    But I have a problem, because I have win xp64 and can't find some drivers (audio for example).

    Where can I find it?

    Thank you

  • I subsequently had some problems with Bluetooth - I had used Dells R196560 driver which seemed to be OK but after using it with my mobile the system started to BSOD on startup. It required restoration of a ghost image to fix as neither "safe mode" nor "last good..." worked. I uninstalled all the R196560 stuff and found R216460 which flashes the bluetooth firmware and installs more recent software. This appears to be more stable and I havent been able to reproduce the BSOD again.

  • This won't work under xp64.  You'd have to find all new drivers for everything.

  • Can you provide a link for the Bluetooth driver you're talking about so the people reading this can set it up as you have?

  • Ok, new replies to this should be made here, as it is more complete :

    http://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19264032/19448681.aspx#19448681

  • NinjaRunningWild

    Can you provide a link for the Bluetooth driver you're talking about so the people reading this can set it up as you have?

     

    Its on the Dell support website - just do a search for R216460.

  • Ok, since you're too lazy to post the link, allow me :

    http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen

    &releaseid=R216460&formatcnt=1&libid=0&fileid=307412

     

    Or :

    http://ftp.dell.com/network/R216460.exe

  • The 1640 has a number of applications installed which dont come on the supplied CDs and so cannot easily be reinstalled. One of these, the Dell Webcam software (not the drivers), can be installed using R195284. This lists as a 32-bit Vista application but works well under XP. Its in the app directory of the dell ftp site (ftp.dell.com) or do a search. I am sure the ever helpful and polite NinjaRunningWild will post properly formatted links.

    The facial recognition software seems to be incompatible with XP. I havent found a way of installing the Dell Cyberlink PowerDVD or Dell Datasafe.

  • Your sarcasm knows no bounds...

    Dell Webcam :

    http://ftp.dell.com/app/R195284.exe

     

    Now, Archway1.  Can you *please* post your A06 bios to rapidshare and post the link here?  Since this enables basic functionality (the ability to use the CD Eject button on the top strip), this is important to everyone here.

     

    Edit :

    Post here :

    http://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19264032/19448681.aspx#19448681

  • Thanks for your (and everyone else's) contribution to this forum.  I am lining up all the drivers to install XP 32bit. 

    Do you have the Dell Wireless 370 Card (2.0 + EDR)?

    Have you had any subsequent BSOD either in XP 32bit or Vista 64bit? 

    Did flashing the firmware create any problems?

    Do you know the original Bluetooth driver file number that came with your XPS 16?  I am unable to track mine down from the "utilities disk" ( dated Nov 2008) that came with my Aug 2009 delivery.

    Thanks in advance for your response.

  • Do you have the Dell Wireless 370 Card (2.0 + EDR)? Its the 370, dont know about the 2.0 EDR

    Have you had any subsequent BSOD either in XP 32bit or Vista 64bit? Not with XP 32-bit; I dont have Vista but Win 7 64-bit is OK too (although not used it much)

    Did flashing the firmware create any problems? No

    Do you know the original Bluetooth driver file number that came with your XPS 16?  I am unable to track mine down from the "utilities disk" ( dated Nov 2008) that came with my Aug 2009 delivery. Not off the top of my head - you will have to go through them.

     

    Just as an additional point I had another go at the ITECIR. I found a Lenovo driver here http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_show_710.html which installs well. However, neither this or any other driver I have tried causes the Dell Travel Remote to do anything in XP (but works well in Win7 so its not the hardware). Reading more, I can find no mention of the Dell Travel Remote working with XP and I have a suspicion that there is no functionality for this device in Windows XP (as opposed to the Media Centre where it might work). Does anyone KNOW better?

     

  • Hey Archway, do you mind posting that bios?

    The deal with the device driver (ITECIR) could be due to any number of things.  The most likely explanation is that Vista has natural device driver support for that device, as it sounds like the software is only for the functionality on the OS, not in the OS, follow?  So IE - It's software to work with it but not the device driver itself.  A pertinent question is whether or not it shows up as an additional device under the device manager. 

    No additional BSoD's to answer your question.

  • On the home stretch getting XP to run effectively on XPS 16.  I want to thank Archway and NinjaRunningWild for all of their work and contributions.  I found their info very valuable.

    I currently have not loaded the IR driver because of the apparent uncertainty over whether it will work.  Has anyone obtained stable drivers for this function?  Otherwise, I installed all of the modifications, fixes, drivers etc.  In addition to what has been posted here, I used the synaptics driver for the touchpad and the problem with the touchpad interfering with typing by resetting the cursor because of thumb or palm brushes is solved.  The Synaptics driver has a sensitivity setting which is very useful.  That driver is at Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Tahoma; panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1627421319 -2147483648 8 0 66047 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Tahoma; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

    http://www.synaptics.com/support/drivers  Most current 32 bit XP driver (Synaptics_Driver_v10_1_8_XP32.exe). 

     

    I currently have a few residual problems.  There are two unknown devices in device manager.  They are for "Intel(R) ICH9M LPC Interface Controller - 2919".  I did go to Intel's driver site and download and installed the chipset driver from Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Tahoma; panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1627421319 -2147483648 8 0 66047 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Tahoma; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2115&DwnldID=18052&lang=eng

    The other driver is for "Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System".  I think this is linked to one of my problems.  On shut down I can not select hibernate.  There is no functionality and pressing the shift key does nothing.  Anyone have any ideas?  I reinstalled the chipset drivers twice and nothing changed.

    The other major issue is no functionality for the CD eject button on the lighted touch sensitive toolbar.   Has anyone found the solution for this problem?

     

     

  •  

    Whoa!! Sorry.  Let me post this again without all of the HTML code:

    On the home stretch getting XP to run effectively on XPS 16.  I want to thank Archway and NinjaRunningWild for all of their work and contributions.  I found their info very valuable.

    I currently have not loaded the IR driver because of the apparent uncertainty over whether it will work.  Has anyone obtained stable drivers for this function?  Otherwise, I installed all of the modifications, fixes, drivers etc.  In addition to what has been posted here, I used the synaptics driver for the touchpad and the problem with the touchpad interfering with typing by resetting the cursor because of thumb or palm brushes is solved.  The Synaptics driver has a sensitivity setting which is very useful.  That driver is at :

    http://www.synaptics.com/support/drivers  Most current 32 bit XP driver (Synaptics_Driver_v10_1_8_XP32.exe). 

     I currently have a few residual problems.  There are two unknown devices in device manager.  They are for "Intel(R) ICH9M LPC Interface Controller - 2919".  I did go to Intel's driver site and download and installed the chipset driver from:

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2115&DwnldID=18052&lang=eng

    The other driver is for "Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System".  I think this is linked to one of my problems.  On shut down I can not select hibernate.  There is no functionality and pressing the shift key does nothing.  Anyone have any ideas?  I reinstalled the chipset drivers twice and nothing changed.

    The other major issue is no functionality for the CD eject button on the lighted touch sensitive toolbar.   Has anyone found the solution for this problem?

  • I'll reply here :

    http://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19264032/19448681.aspx#19448681