Tapped the F6 key to load motherboard SATA drivers. Your post reads as if you tried to install XP without that. There are other issues such as leaving USB devices plugged in that XP can't handle till we add more drivers.
Tell more about how you installed XP and how your procedure differs from the usual you find at google.com with these words. HOW DO I INSTALL XP TO A SATA DRIVE?
I just recently upgraded my whole system, I have Biostar pt880 pro-a7 motherboard, p4 3.2ghz, 1 gig ddr2, and a 300g sata hdd. I also have a cd-rw disk drive (i'm not sure of the make or brand) The problem that I'm having is that when I try a clean install it hangs up very bad. If I try and use it in raid the motherboard doesn't even pick it up or show it to me in bios and therefore won't let me write to it when I try to install. So then I changed the bios to set the hdd as an ide. When I did this the hdd finally showed in bios and I was able to write to it. I booted from the cd and formated and partitioned the hd into two equal sized partitions. When the disk started to copy files it would cycle. You could hear the disk drive spinning and you could see the different files it was loading, then it would stop spinning for about 5-10 minutes while showing the same file uploading, then it would start spinning again and continue to load files. It was taking forever so at about 20% and an hour into the setup I went to sleep. I woke up about 6 hours later and it still showed that it had only loaded 80%. When it finally finished loading and got to the blue screen that says 39 minutes left to complete install. It sounded like it was loading the files and then stopped spinning again, after that I think it timed out and I got the blue screen of death. I have no idea what to do now. If anyone can help me out that would be great. Thanks in advance