Was there Lenovo Rescue & Recovery Software installed ?
Recovery Partition ???
Emergency boot the machine ... and check for above softwares
Thanks for your reply.
There is no recovery partition or rescue & recovery software.
I formatted the HD and installed a fresh copy of XP Professional
I remember in the past working with some Lenovo 3000 models and they had some strange hidden partitions that required a bios change to show. I could format and install xp but when they were encrypted they had a issue like that. Try checking the bios for a protected boot configuration.
There isn't any option in the BIOS with regards to hidden partitions/PreDesktop Area.
I've also analised the hard disk using a partition tool which shows just one partition on the disk
I've upgraded to EEPC v5.2.6 but i'm still experiencing the same problem.
How big is that partition (in total # of sectors)? Does it match hard drive manufacturer capacity?
ok I've changed Sata controller mode to AHCI in BIOS. It had been set to Compatibility mode
now I get the Encryption logon screen but as XP loads I get the Blue screen of Death.
I'm now wondering if the issue with drivers for hard disk? but I would have thought encryption would work in Compatibility mode
You are right, encryption doesn't care what mode the drive is in, but windows does - most likely you are missing the AHCI drivers out of your build.
Your course of action should be rather upgrading EEPC from 5.1 to latest version (5.2.6 - I believe).
And obviously have OS drivers loaded for both modes of SATA operation: AHCI and compatibility.
I've followed the instructions here http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/107504-integration-of-intels-sata-ahci-and-raid- drivers/
Drivers given on Lenovo website for Thinkpad L412 sata controller didnt work, that's why i was receiving the BSOD all along.
Following the above tutorial worked like a treat.