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Topic # 13348 5-May-2007 16:01
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Hi there. I recently purchased a laptop from and it came preloaded with Vista. Turns out it's got alot of compatibility issues with the games and programs I use so I want to switch back to windows 2000.

I have a valid wn2k pro install disc/key and a disc with all the drivers. The driver disc has a version for 2k, xp and vista.

I tried installing 2k with a full wipe - but then every time the pc tries to shut down or restart it gets a stop error Driver_Power_State_Failure and locks up.

Also when restarting it will freeze up when loading up windows. I got it to work once or twice and tried to update all the drivers but then it freezes up every time. I reinstalled 3 times and tried all day to get it to work.

I'm not sure what the problem is.

Any hep would be appreciated. I mainly bough this laptop to play games on but all my games crash frequently using vista.

Here's the system specs:

ADAPTER: Universal AC-DC Adapter
BATTERY: Li-Ion 6 Cells 4400mAh Battery Pack (MS171772)
CPU: Mobile AMD Turion(TM)64 X2 Dual-Core TL-56 CPU @ 1.8GHz 2x512KB
L2 Cache 64-bit Low Voltage 33Watt [-46]
FLASHMEDIA: Built-In 6in1 Media Reader
HDD: 80GB 7200RPM SATA150 HARD DRIVE [+22]
MOTHERBOARD: NVIDIA MCP51 + C51MV Chipset Mainboard
MEMORY: 2GB (2x1GB) PC5300 DDR2-667 SODIMM Memory [+120] (Corsair or
Major Brand)
NOTEBOOK: MSI MS-171772 Notebook 17" Widescreen WSXGA+ 1680x1050 Pixel
w/ NVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 256MB Video, 1.3 Mega Pixels CMOS Camera,
Turion(TM)64 X2, & 802.11g Wireless
NOTEBOOK_COVER: Xplore X64-7000 Notebook Cover (Original Color)
NB_LCD: 17" WSXGA+ Widescreen TFT Display 1680x1050 Pixels
OS: Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM) Home Premium
USB: 4 x USB2.0 Port Connectors
VIDEO: Built-in Mobility(TM) NVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 256MB PCI-Express X16 Video
VIDEOCAMERA: Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
WNC: Wireless 802.11G 54Mbps MiniPCI Card

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 69612 5-May-2007 16:06
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Purely a guess here but you could try disabling ACPI in your BIOS or at least playing with the power settings.

Windows 2000 is quite old now, so there might be some issues with your fancy new laptop.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 69636 5-May-2007 18:59
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Ah yes, I remember back in 2001 when my family got a new desktop, XP just hadn't been released yet so we tried installing Windows 95 on it. It worked, but because the computer was top of the line, Windows 95 wasn't able to use all of the components of our computer.

This could be your problem, that one part of the computer is incompatible with Windows 2000 and because it may be a crucial part, it may be completely stuffing up your laptop.

Just an idea, hope it helps.

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Reply # 69640 5-May-2007 19:28
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Yes, I agree with the others. It's most likely a driver - or lack of a driver that works with Windows 2000. I doubt many current systems have drivers for a OS released some time ago and no longer supported...

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 70291 11-May-2007 07:10
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Nowadays PC's are being built for Vista. So those components are there for Vista to work. Not for another OS, because it was not designed for that OS. It was designed for another OS. This basically means that what works for one may not work for the other.
Just my five (no, ten ;) ) cents worth.
This post isn't designed to cause offence.

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