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XP install won't resume after reboot

by archp2008 / July 21, 2009 2:25 AM PDT

I've installed XP many times and this is the first time this has happened to me. After XP copyies the files and reboots it wants to reload the cd which, of course, I ignore. Then it just hangs or, ultimately, gives the message, "Operating system not found." I tried the installation with only the one drive connected and tried installing it to a single partition on that drive. Any ideas what could cause this to happen would be appreciated?

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What type of drive are you using
by Steven Haninger / July 21, 2009 3:30 AM PDT

If SATA, you either get to present a driver during the installation process when XP asks for 3rd party drivers or you change your MB BIOS to a PATA compatibility mode. If this isn't your problem, please offer more about the hardware you're trying to install XP on.

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Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.
by archp2008 / July 21, 2009 5:56 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply. Yes, it's a new SATA3 TB drive that I received yesterday. I had some trouble getting it to change from dynamic to basic until I fiddled with Vista's Disk Management. I'm still not sure what I did do make it change. Could you please be more precise about how and when you, "present a driver during the installation process when XP asks for 3rd party drivers." Is this when it says to press a function key (F5?). My new drive is a Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive. In a normal boot the driver seems to load automatically, but often asks for a reboot.

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The driver not for the hard disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 7:20 AM PDT
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Some confusion here

You said something about fiddling with Vista's disk management but you're installing XP?? This doesn't follow normal installation protocol. What you'd do with a clean installation of XP is watch the pre-load after the CD ROM boots for a message that asks if you have 3rd party drivers to install. I believe F6 is the key pressed then. You'd need to have the MB SATA drivers on a floppy disk and not a CD ROM. Most MB installation disks I've seen have utility to makes these disks right from the CD ROM but you'd need to know they are there and dig them out yourself. The other option is to look in your BIOS to see if SATA can be changed to a PATA compatibility mode. If so, you should be able to install XP and then install the motherboard drivers later. If successful, you'd change the MB setting back to SATA, enhanced, or whatever the verbiage is. XP will see the hardware change and set up the driver upon the next boot. That's about all there is to it.

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by archp2008 / July 22, 2009 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Some confusion here

Thanks for the help. Asus referred me to the motherboard manual but gave me no directions for finding the SATA controller drivers. I then searched Google for "SATA controller drivers Asus P5B-VM" and the first hit linked me to a site that provided the drivers I needed. The Windows accepted my choice of driver from the floppy and then resumed and finished the installation normally. It's funny that I have never had to do this before. It may have had something to do with the fact that I never installed XP64 SP1 as a single boot setup before, so it had nowhere to go to find the drivers it needed. As regards Vista, my multiple boot system is anything but normal. Thanks again.

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