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XP installation SATA problem

by 2huggie / August 5, 2009 2:42 PM PDT

Hi,

I've got this old mobo Abit VT7. I want to install XP on it. However, the XP disc doesn't recognize SATA hard drives. So I downloaded official SATA driver from the Abit website http://tinyurl.com/kua5qz and tries to slipstream my XP disc following the instructions set forth here http://tinyurl.com/37anvn . I am not too clear how to incorporate the drivers from the official drivers, but Nlite seems to be able to find the drivers once I pointed it to the top unzipped driver directory, and I selected the XP folder for it.

However, the newly created XP disc still fails to recognize the SATA hard drives. Alternatively, I believe I could have a boot floppy which would load the drivers in, then I launch the setup in the XP installation CD via command line. But I don't know how to create a boot disc which has those SATA drivers in.

Any way to get my system installed?

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Did you try the other ways?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 9:11 PM PDT

Such as turning off/on AHCI, IDE emulation in the BIOS?

In closing, you didn't tell what CD/DVD drive. I'm finding the IDE emulation in the BIOS to be the real fix when I have a SATA DVDRW drive too.
Bob

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if there is any other way.
by 2huggie / August 8, 2009 1:01 PM PDT

> Such as turning off/on AHCI, IDE emulation in the BIOS?

I'm not at the computer right now, but I tried to find legacy IDE mode in the BIOS but there isn't any. The word "AHCI" might be somewhere in there though. I think it's either turning off or on but I can't recall clearly. I will check again when I get back to it.

> In closing, you didn't tell what CD/DVD drive. I'm finding the IDE
> emulation in the BIOS to be the real fix when I have a SATA DVDRW
> drive too.

It's the hard disk I have trouble recognizing. Since HDD is not recognized, I can't find thing to format or install.

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PS. XP disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 9:12 PM PDT

I've learned that I want a XP SP2 disk since "XP" won't play well with SATA drivers and hard disks over 127GB.

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XP disk
by 2huggie / August 8, 2009 1:02 PM PDT
In reply to: PS. XP disk.

> I've learned that I want a XP SP2 disk since "XP" won't play well
> with SATA drivers and hard disks over 127GB.

I was using XP SP3 to slipstream.

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About slipstream.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2009 9:57 PM PDT
In reply to: XP disk

Better than half those slipstream versions fail from what I see. And that got worse as the machines moved from IDE DVDRW drives to SATA DVDRW drives. I am now installing from external USB DVDRW drives to sidestep that new issue.
Bob

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