This is my first post on this forum...
I have just bought a new Toshiba X200-219 laptop, with 2 160 GB hard drives installed.
The spec for the machine is as on the Toshiba web site here:-
I wanted to use Windoxs XP Pro, as I have been using it for years, and like it. I did not want to delete the Vista yet, as I want to be able to use the laptop until I can get the dual-boot thing to work with Vista and XP.
Vista was pre-installed on one of the hard drive partitions, designated as drive "C". The other partition on this drive is designated "F" for data. The second hard drive was totally blank, and designated as drive "D". I have installed XP Pro onto drive "D".
The first problem that I came up with is that the Toshiba is built using SATA drives and not IDE's. It does not have a floppy drive, or options in the BIOS
to configure as IDE. This caused problems with the (OEM original) XP Pro installation disc not being able to continue with the installation, because it was
not able to find any hard drives (it was looking for IDE stuff...)
I found suitable SATA drivers on the Toshiba web site and downloaded then. I used "nLite" to slipstream them ont a custom XP Pro installation disc, made from
my own original XP Pro disc. This seemed to work, and the installation went ahead on drive "D". I installed XP and got to the "welcome" screen. I went into
"Control Panel-System-System Properties-Hardware-Device Manager" and found the yellow question marks against all of my hardware, as there were no drivers for
So, I have downloaded 400 MB of drivers for XP for this laptop from the Toshiba web site, and burned them to a CD ROM, with the intention of loading them
onto my laptop.
HOWEVER,... Now the laptop will not boot under the original VISTA installation. I have not changed any of the parameters in the BIOS. If I try and boot from
the HDD with the XP on it, it will get to a screen stating "Which operating system to boot from", as you would expect maybe, on a machine with multiple
operating systems, but ONLY XP is listed. There is no mention of Vista. If I select XP to boot from, and continue with the boot sequence, XP does boot, as
before, with all the yellow question makrs in the drivers hardware tab via the "Control PAnel", as mentioned above.
If I try and use the boot-up option to to select the boot source (F12 on my laptop), I can choose to boot from the other hard drive, but it does not find or
boot Vista. I get the following messages:-
For Realtek RTL8111/8168B Gigabit Ethernet controller v2.02 (060301)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
This message keeps scrolling and repeating every 6 or 7 seconds.
So, I was thinking that it was looking for an Ethernet cable that was not connected, so I plugged in an Ethernet cable that connects to my other two desktop
machines via an Ethernet hub. The laptop reacted to this, and stopped scrolling the "PXE" text lines, but instead scrolled this message:-
CLIENT MAC ADDRESS: 00 1B 38 4B 7D 85 GUID: CBD--etc a long string of chars...
DHCP.... follwed by a rotating "timing-wait" character, like a "-" follwed by a "\", then a "/", then a "¦" which looks like a rotating "propellor" type
symbol when these text charcteers are printed sequentially on the same spot on the screen. (... if that description makes any sense...!!)
Anyway it appears to be timing out and not doing anything.
So, I thought that the BIOS may be looking for an Ethernet connection that was not there and it was hanging the system, so I went into the BIOS and disabled
the boot-up option for a LAN boot source in the boot menu option in the BIOS. This still did not help, and it is still scrolling messages about Ethernet
controllers and MAC addresses etc.
So, I powered down and up again, and booted from the XP HDD to see what was being found by the system under XP. I went into XP in the usual manner, and opened
Windows Explorer. Under "My Computer", I found the following drives with the following properties:-
Vista (C:) type: Local Disc, NTFS, Capacity 74.5GB, Used space 12.9GB free space 61.6GB
Local disc (D:) type Local Disc, NTFS, Capacity 149GB, Used space 3.05GB, free space 145GB
WinRE (E:) type Local Disc, NTFS, Capacity 1.49GB, Used space 191MB, Free space 1.27GB
Data (F:), trpe Local Disc, NTFS, Capacity 73GB, Used space 2.14GB, Free space 70.9GB
DVD-RAM drive (G:) CD drive, File system Unknown, Capacity 0bytes, Used space 0 Bytes, Free space 0 Bytes
The CD-ROM drive had no disc in it. Drive "D" is one partition , conataining XP, and drives "C", "F", and "E" are partitions on the other HDD that were there
before I installed XP. I don't know what the "E" drive is for, but it is small and exists as a partition on the same physical drive that the Vista
installation in on. The "F" (data) drive was the other partition that took up the remaining half of the physical drive that Vista is installed on.
So, is there anyone that can tell me what I have done to "lose" my Vista installation, and what I need to do to "find" it again. I have looked on the "C"
drive using Windows Explorer (once XP has booted), and the folders and files for Vista still seem to be there OK, I just can't get Vista to boot, either by
changing the "boot order sequence" in the BIOS, or by pressing "F12" to display a "boot source choice" that allows me to boot from either of the HDD's or a
I would definitely like to get both Vista and XP bootable on the one machine.
Any knowledgeable suggestions welcomed, preferably before I have torn out all of my remaining hair!!!...