Don't bother installing XP on SATA unless my XP CD is "XP SP2" or "XP SP3". While it should have been fine I can't help but share the disasters that I ran into with less than a XP SP2 install CD.
I also might "get by" without the SATA drivers if the BIOS has some "IDE EMULATION", AHCI or other setting like that.
I need your help! I purchased a Dell Inspiron 531 about a year or so ago for my wife. It came with Vista pre-installed. Everything was fine except that my wife kept complaining about the speed compared to my pc running XP. So, I checked the web to see if uninstalling Vista would be a problem and mostly I found that it was doable. So, I downloaded the necessary nVidia drivers and I was off. I unistalled Vista, reformated the HD and reinstalled XP Home SP1a (a purchased copy) so everything went just fine, at least so I thought. I now get frequent shutdowns and reboots. Some programs will not install properly (such as MS Office 2003)- word will open sometimes and sometimes I get errors saying that the program could not open for various reasons. I use Avira anti-virus and it has problems updating.
To make a long story short, after reformatting and reinstalling XP several times, I thought OK there has to be something else going on. So, after more googling, I found several references to installing XP on a SATA drive. At this point, I am at a loss. I cannot find the specific xp drivers for the nVidia SATA controller that is in the machine. So, my question is, "Can someone tell me where I can get the drivers I need for the SATA hard drive?
Dell Inspiron 531, Dual Core AMD 64 Athlon x2 processor running at 2mhz, 2GB ram, 240 GB HD.