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Error when trying to install xp professional

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      12th May 2012
Hi guys im having issues trying to install xp professional onto a laptop i just bought.

Its a Dell Lattitude D630. It has windows 7 on it and runs without any problems.
I'm wanting to install Xp onto this laptop for using with work.But when i try to install i get this error: stop: c0000221 Unknown Hard Error\SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll

And it wont go any further, i have a same model laptop as this but think its older and i can install no problems, but when i swap the hdd over to this one the operating system will run but the fans run constant and then graphics start going glitchy.

Is there anything i can do do fix this problem as the type of work i do the programs wont run using windows 7 thanks
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      12th May 2012
thanks for the link i had already had a look previous, ive installed xp on other dell d630 and updated fully but still having issues with fans running constant, i think this is software issue as theres no issues when other hdd with win7 is installed, although with vista same issue with fans running constant.
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      10th Jul 2012
Try disabling UltraDMA for the CD-ROM/CDRW, sometimes this can cause read issues with you XP CD. You could also try a RAM check.
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      10th Jul 2012
You probably need to disable UEFI in the BIOS and return it to a standard BIOS configuration. New machines have a BIOS that cannot be recognized by XP during installation. It's like the SATA thing when it first came out. Had to make stupid F6 driver disks.


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      10th Jul 2012
i ment to post a fix on this issue. i installed an xp version on another d630 i had then the issue with fans running constant was down to a graphics driver problem , downloaded the correct one and soon as installed the fans stopped and only ran when needed, thanks for help anyway
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