Originally Posted by quentinc
After a month of wasting time with vista, today I tried to install XP professional but with little success. I formatted the partiition that had Vista, as NTFS, through the XP setup and the setup appeared to run normally but after a while, with 34 minutes remaining of the setup, the system hangs. Anyone got any suggestions on what I should do next? Anyone got a working XP environment on one of these laptops?
I'm having the same problem and its frustrating. I have talked to Sony about the Vista issue in general and apparently they have had quite a flood of calls from people wanting to downgrade back to XP. Found a couple of other items of interest regarding this: http://support.vaio.sony.co.uk/os/xp...voe_en_GB_cons http://www.css.ap.sony.com/vaio/Vist...%20Accessories
They told me the XP driver package would be available in about a month. If anybody has a fix for the basic XP installation, let me know After posting this, I realized there were replies I had not read. I can now confirm the requirement for the XP Install disk WITH SP2. When I bought a new disk that included SP2 the installation went fine. HOWEVER, Now that I have XP, the lack of XP drivers is a big problem. I was able to find a driver for the Wireless card at the intel website http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...ProductID=2753
This got my wireless connection working, but I can't find a driver for the wired Ethernet connection - Realtek RTL8101. Also, I was not able to get my machine to install an external hard drive, but it did recognize and install a flash drive