Keep in mind, Vista was the worst system for drivers. Before you begin, verify that there are manufacturer drivers available for both Windows XP and Windows Vista 32 for both your video card and your wheel. This is obviously very important.
I dont know much about wheels, but I would guess Windows 7 would have the best support for the wheel, followed by Windows XP, followed by Windows Vista (as this is the case with most everything now-a-days.)
Also, I was under the impression that Windows 7 stole the best gaming OS from WinXP.. or at least came close enough that WinXP is not needed anymore. Anyone know more about that?
Setting up partition no problem. Downloaded XP was ok until stopping at DMI pool data,with purple and green squares accross screen.
my guess is that you need to use Easy BCD to re-load the Windows Vista boot loader. Windows XP had an older boot loader and often causes problems that could hang at DMI pool data. This is especially the case when you install WinXP onto the same physical drive as another existing Vista/7 installation. If you try this again, it might be easier to add a 2nd harddrive and install WinXP to that drive. And/or, make sure to complete Step 3 from the guide below.
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Not very helpful, FYI only: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529
Next, if you have the Vista Boot loader back after you installed WinXP, and you still hang when booting up, try booting WinXP into Safe-Mode. Possibly you have a video card driver problem.
Vista home premium 32 bit downloaded ok, but after hours of downloading courtesy of MS, 300 updates ,with service packs from 1 to 176 and many hours,was starting to to think of billy (he`s the only one I can get away with using bad language with ).
Game (Burnout Paradise) installed ok and wanted to run,but program only recognised keyboard controls instead of wheel.
Under device manager, does it show your wheel installed with manufacture's drivers? Or a universal one from Microsoft?