XP install on SATA - Which drivers

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  1. ChrisAV

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    Hi

    I'm planning on installing XP Home 32bit (original, no service packs on install disc) onto a sata2 Samsung Spinpoint F1. I will partition the disk, but will not be using RAID. The motherboard is a Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H.

    I believe XP won't have drivers on the disk for this drive, so they need to be supplied either on a floppy or by creating a new disc and embedding the drivers on it (as described here Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy (F6) - No Floppy...no Windows on SATA? Wrong! - Softpedia).

    The thing is, I'm not sure which driver files I need. On the motherbaord installation disk I found (best guess):

    under
    \other\GSATA\Driver\Floppy 32\

    jraid.cat, jraid.sys, txtsetup.oem, x-raid_f.inf

    and on the Gigabyte site (seem unlikely but):

    motherboard_driver_chipset_amd_7_series_xp.exe
    motherboard_driver_sata_amd_bootdisk.exe

    or is there somewhere else I should be looking?

    Thanks

    Chris
     
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    as long as the SATA is supported in the bios you should be ok to just install as standard, mine certainly has no issues
     
  3. ChrisAV

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    Thanks, the board is pretty new so I'll try the standard install. I presumme then it's only an issue if you have an old motherbaord (like the one I'm replacing - about 10 years old).

    I have access to another PC anyway so if I have to creat a floppy/disc I'll post back.

    Cheers

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    Early SATA motherboards had the SATA controller as a secondary controller and usually needed drivers. Modern boards have the SATA controller as the primary controller and as such become transparent to the OS.

    XP will install without any extra SATA drivers on a new board.
     
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    If your CD/DVD drive is SATA then you may need to put the M/B into IDE compatibility mode for the SATA connections (or something similar sounding!)
     
  6. ChrisAV

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    Rebuilt PC today, and aside from it failing to post (memory not seated correctly) it's running fine and installed XP without a hitch (activating it may be a little more tricky, but I'll worry about that tomorrow).

    Thanks again


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  7. ChrisAV

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    Funny you say that, the first message after posting is 'SATA is running in IDE mode', with an option to set to AHCI (?) - every seems OK at the moment.

    My CD/DVD drive is IDE (HDD is SATA) - should I set to AHCI?

    BTW - activated XP over the phone (which was nice as it's OEM and there's nothing of the original PC left :)).


    EDIT: after doing some research, I think it is necessary to run in IDE mode as XP lacks the drivers. Not sure whether this an installation only issue, or whether the drivers can loaded later. I'm leaving as it is for now.

    Thanks

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    Last edited: Feb 8, 2009

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