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Can't install XP on Acer Aspire One netbook

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A0751h model, came with XP installed. I got rid of it long ago and currently have a triple boot with two Linux distros and Windows 7. I am trying to install XP Home but get a black screen with a blinking cursor after selecting the USB CD drive to boot from. I tried two different XP discs and get the same thing. I tried making a bootable flash drive but that gives a hal.dll error every time. This laptop does support the CD drive I'm using, because that's how I installed my other operating systems, and I put in the Win7 disc to test it and it still works and boots from it.

So XP gives a black screen with a blinking cursor before it even says "press any key to start from cd". Not a drive problem, not a cd problem. Any ideas?

Edit: This doesn't make any sense. After a couple restarts, sometimes it showed "Operating System Not Found". After about 20 restarts, it booted into setup. I didn't do anything whatsoever except keep restarting the computer and keep trying to boot from the cd. wth.gif
Edited by Boris4ka - 2/8/12 at 6:49pm
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You may need ACHI drivers for XP. Linux and Windows 7 have them built in.
Also see if you can change to IDE mode in the BIOS, that may work also.
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I tried an edition of XP Pro SP3 and it installed perfectly. I guess they included drivers into SP3 install discs.
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