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Author Topic: Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5895 Vista  (Read 1205 times)
WB9URN
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« on: January 08, 2009, 07:44:23 AM »

Has anyone here successfully removed VISTA from this laptop and successfully installed XP pro?
If so, where did you obtain all the needed drivers?
It's a great machine, but it was sold with VISTA.

Tnx,

Allen, WB9URN
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 09:53:37 AM »

At first, it was said it could not be done, but some internet searches now say it can. For sure, you will need drivers for ALL devices in that laptop for Windows XP. Not a task for the faint of heart.
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WB6THE
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 01:04:19 PM »

Wouldn't suggest that you try unless you have a bit of
computer experience.

Removing VISTA and installing XP can be done. Not the
same model but I've got a year old TOSHIBA laptop and I
did it.

The first and most important thing is that you have to have the
DOS level (mini-drivers) for the SATA hard drive controller
otherwise XP will tell you that it can't find any drives. SATA
mini-drivers must load from a floppy disk, when XP says
to press F6 to load additional drivers shortly after the WinXP
install CD boots. Your computer probably has no floppy drive,
mine doesn't, so I used a USB floppy drive. Possibly the
computer has a BIOS setting to make the SATA drive act
like IDE and you might not need mini-drivers. Maybe.

Before doing anything drastic find out what the sound card,
video adapter, wireless card, network card, modem, SATA
controller etc. chipsets are. What motherboard chipset does it
have. Do some Google searches of the computer and you'll
likely find out quite a lot. A program called Everest will
query the computer and tell you what is in the machine. My
Toshiba motherboard was an INTEL chipset and I got a
lot of the needed drivers from www.intel.com

No thanks to Toshiba for any help.

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WB6THE
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 01:20:11 PM »

I did a little snooping and your computer is an AMD processor
based machine. But I did come upon this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/WINDOWS-XP-DRIVER-KIT-FOR-TOSHIBA-SATELLITE-L305D-S5895_W0QQitemZ280294054762QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20081213?IMSfp=TL081213121006r21073
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WB9URN
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 02:12:50 PM »

Alan,
Thank you very much.

Yes, I have a few years of computer experience. 30 years with IBM installing and servicing mainframes, then ten years as an independent consultant on pcs and networks.

I have ordered the Driver CD you referenced. Just hope it is complete.

Thank you for all your help.
73
Allen
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