- thanks for the reply, but right now "virtualize.." is over my head. Excuse ===> noob.
So I will respond by answering gregrocker
which I said I was going to do if my #1 post was ok to do. Here's my request for help.
I got a desktop, HP Pavilion P6310f, quad core AMD Athalon II x4 630, M2N78-LA mobo, 1tb hdd, came with integrated NVidia geForce 9100 but has EVGA GeForce 8600GT 256mb graphics card. Windows 7 64bit installed withot bloatware.
Then I loaded an old cad program (2000) which worked flawlessly on XP, but had issues running in 7. Some commands would not work and occasionally freezes. I have other XP programs I like to install, but I decided not to and conciderred to dual boot with XP. The tutorial by Blink
and related tutorials looked good, so I printed them out. I also read about 25 pages of the 191 listed, which is way too long to read everything. Hence this thread.
I am following option #2 which addresses the dual boot with 7 installed first. Reading through the WARNING section, I eliminated some possibilities.
I have no RAID, but I do have SATA. This option had two ways of doing it and since I have no floppy, I have to slipstream the SATA drivers
. The instructions for slipstreaming the drivers state that if the XP cd does not have the drivers, go on the manufacturer's site and download the drivers. So before dooing any partitioning, I went on HP's site and it only showed drivers for 7 or vista for this HP P6310f unit. I also searched the mobo M2N78-LA and again only lists M2N68-LA.
That's where I'm at. Is there a way other than attempting to load XP Pro SP2 (per tutorial), to find out if my cd has the proper drivers?
I do not want to get stuck midway and having to recover the system. I never done it. Having said that I did make recovery discs the day I got it home. It made 3 dvd discs, hope that worked.
Can my underlined question be answered? I hope my post is not too winded.
Thank you in advance