Yes, you can install Windows XP on your X59GL notebook computer.
For this computer with Intel chipset, you have 2 options for the XP installation.
The first one is to get into the BIOS. Select Advanced >> IDE Configuration >> SATA Operation Mode >> Compatible/Enhanced (default is Enhanced). Change to Compatible. Save and exit BIOS. You can start the XP installation now. The demerit of this option is the performance of the hard disk will be less efficient, as it is of the SATA system.
The other option is very good, but more complicated. It is to use the program nLite to integrate the SATA driver, Service Pack 3 components, and Internet Explorer 7 into the XP installation CD, and make a new XP sp3 CD. This can also meet the requirement that it is necessary to use XP sp2 CD or newer version for the XP installation on ASUS notebook computer.
Here is the way to do it.
Get the Service Pack 3 components, WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe from here, and put the file under C:\
Download the Internet Explorer 7, IE7-WindowsXP-x86-enu.exe from here, and put it under C:\
And download the SATA driver 32-bit Floppy Configuration Utility for Intel® Matrix Storage Manager, f6flpy3286.zip from the following site. Unzip it in a new folder and name it SATA driver. Put this folder under C:\
Download and install the program nLite.
Put your original XP CD into the DVD drive. Run the program nLite and click Next. In the page of “Locating the Windows installation”, click Browse >> My Computer >> DVD drive, a window pops up.
“Select where to save the CD installation files for modification”.
Choose or create an empty folder.
Click OK, a window pops up. Click C: >> Make a new folder >> type New XPCD >> OK
The nLite starts to copy all the files of the original XP CD into the folder C:\New XPCD.
Click Next. In the page of “Presets”, click Next. In the page of Task Selection, select Integrate [Service Pack], [Hot fixes, Add-ons, and Update Packs], [Drivers], and [Create Bootable ISO], click Next.
In the page of [Service Pack], click Select >> WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe >> Open. The nLite starts to integrate the service pack 3 components into the folder of New XPCD. Click Next.
In the page of [Hot fixes, Add-ons, and Update Packs], click Insert >> C: >> IE7-WindowsXP-x86-enu.exe >> Next.
In the page of [Drivers], click Insert >> Single Driver, a window pops up, select C:\SATA driver, 2 selections show up, select iaAHCI, click Open, then pops up another window, in which there are more than 10 selections, select Intel® ICH8M-E/M and ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller, click OK >> Next, a window pops up with a question “Do you want to start the process?”, click Yes. Take out the original XP CD and put a blank CD into the DVD drive.
Click Next. In the page of Bootable ISO, select Direct Burn for Mode, type New XPCD for Label, select minimum 4 x (705KB/s) for Burn Speed, then click Burn. The nLite starts burning the New XPCD. After completion, you have a new XP installation CD now. You can use it to install XP smoothly.
All the XP drivers and utilities are available in the following ASUS support site.
Also refer to Drivers installation order for a smooth XP installation.