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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I got there in the end! It is obvious from this Intel page why I could not find any AHCI drivers for the 82801FB controller, only FR and FBM, but Windows XP seemed to need some sort of driver to access the SATA drive, and I could not find anything to install with the F6 option. I hooked up a...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    There is no hardware problem, just the lack of drivers in XP. The Vista installation went without a hitch, including the restart, and I can install a Linux o/s - I've been using a Linux Mint on this system and this HD for a few years. I have picked through every part of the BIOS and there is...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    The best way I can explain it to myself is as I described in post 22 above. Whether this is technically right I don't know. There is masses about this problem on the web, and the solution given is always to install approprate drivers on the initial installation via the F6 option or to set the...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    Just had a look in BIOS on this Dell machine and discovered why I did not have a problem installing XP. In 'Drives > SATA Operation' there are 4 options: 'RAID Autodetect / AHCI', 'RAID Autodetect / ATA', 'RAID On'. and 'Combination'. The second, 'RAID Autodetect / ATA', is selected. There...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I tried Vista.When I tried installing the scanner program I thought it looked like it would work, but at the end it said "Failed to update the Registry - try regedit" and the program did not work. Back to looking for an F6 driver for XP. I am wondering how I installed XP on this system I am...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    What I had read about must have been 'Program Compatibilty Wizard', which does apparently exist in Vista, so it might be a possibility, though I think it may only work for programs installed in XP before an upgrade to Vista.
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I see that you're right. I was sure I'd read it was possible in Vista, but I obviously didn't do my research properly. This is turning into a major project. It was going to be an easy afternoon's job installing XP, but that was two weeks ago. I may just have to keep the XP system I am writing...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I'm not sure what you mean by "see the drive from the cd". As far as I can understand it (which is not well!) the system boots to the CD and because the BIOS can "see" the HDD the CD can see the HDD and copies Windows files to it. It is when the installation tries to boot to the Windows files on...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    It always boots from CD. It is after copying files, when it tries to boot from HDD that it cannot see the drive.Changing the 'ATA/IDE Configuration'.from 'Enhanced' to 'Legacy' before starting makes no difference at all.
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    Apologies for this delayed reply - had a 12hr powercut yesterday and had since not noticed there was a page-2 to the thread! Thanks Peter for taking the trouble to do searches on my behalf. I'm afraid the drivers in that file seem to be too late for my system. I've been looking again at the...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I'm afraid I've really lost all hope of finding a driver. I've been downloading literally dozens of files from Driverguide over the last five days, and as I mentioned before,. I have found plenty for 82801FR and 82801FBM, but absolutely none for 82801FB. A PATA drive must be the way to go. It...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    There doesn't seem to be any obvious way of setting SATA to IDE in the BIOS. I'd read about using nlite, but need to be pretty sure I have the correct driver first. Thanks for the ASUS tip. Will investigate. I'm aware it isn't official, but it seems safe, and I have a couple of genuine Product...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    Thanks for the replies. The major hardware issue is an HP Photosmart scanner from the late '90s designed to scan 35mm film, which is one of my hobbies, It has a SCSI interface and works very well. More modern film scanners would no doubt work with later Windows, but are rather expensive. The...
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    Installing Windows XP on a SATA HDD

    I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro on an old Viglen Pentium 4 computer (for the sake of some essential hardware and software that will not work on anything later than XP). The problem is that on the first installation reboot it hangs on a "Press any key to boot from CD..." message which is...
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    ATI Radeon X300 graphics card settings.

    I use a Dell Dimension 8400 with a 3.4GHz P4 (running XP Pro). It has an ATI Radeon X300 graphics card. At the default settings of the graphics card, the white end is crushed. Grey grid-lines are invisible, and it took me a while to realise why there were no minor roads on Google maps! I can...
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