ASRock K7VM3 Mobo giving me trouble...

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I just bought an ASRock K7VM3 mobo to replace an old fried mobo in my mothers old Compaq. I got it in and connected, it starts up, and when I go into the BIOS, I see that it recognizes my hard drive and it has all the hard drive settings there and everything. Now, I go and try to install XP on it through a cd install. That starts up fine, but during the install I notice that it doesn't seem to be seeing my HD, only my floppy and cd-rom. I grab an old Win98 bootable floppy and boot again. Once again, the BIOS sees my HD. However, after booting with the floppy, once again I only seem to be able to access my floppy and my cd-rom. I have checked the hard drive in my computer, which recognizes it no prob. I have changed out the IDE cables. I've tried a different hard drive just for grins, and the same thing. Does anyone use this mobo and have had this same problem? I'm going crazy here and my mother is starting to think I'm some sort of idiot...(n)

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Is this a Sata drive? if so then you need to download the sata driver or your motherboard cd has a floppy sata driver creator on it.

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BIOS settings

When you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS. Here you set the first boot device to be the Floppy, 2nd CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it.For the hard drive, select the autodetect option and enable it. Once you have done this save and exit.

Installing the SATA controller driver

Once you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers, do this. Windows will continue to install then ask you to locate the driver. now with the floppy disk created earlier in drive A: select the driver and hit Enter.

With the SATA drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual.


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Step by step guide how to install a Sata drive.
The partition part is not exactly what you need to do. Don't have to partition at all if you want. but usually I make a15G for my OS
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zebstar1

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This is an ATA 100 drive....the Seagate ST380012A. However, I have tried several different drives by several different manufacturers and all have the same result; I can pick them up in BIOS, but not when trying to install Windows and even when just looking around through a DOS prompt.
 
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