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Trouble installing XP Pro 64-Bit on my Dell XPS 410

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kpshulman, Mar 22, 2009.

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  1. kpshulman

    kpshulman Thread Starter

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    I am trying to install XP Pro 64-bit on my desktop and running into some problems. I currently have Pro 32-bit, if it matters. During my first attempt, I inserted the CD boot up the the computer and it goes into Windows installation, loading drivers, etc. and then I got a blue screen when the installation started. I read around and learned that I need to load the SATA drivers first by hitting F6 at the beginning of the the install. So I went to the Dell website and downloaded everything they had for SATA drivers for the XPS410, uncompressed them, and copied them on to the floppy drive. I rebooted, pressed F6 and then came to the screen showing the different controller drivers to install. I selected the first one and got an error for iaStor.sys saying that device is not compatible with the x64-based version of Windows. Okay, so it must be the next one right? Nope, I went down the entire list and all of them gave me the same error. So I am at a loss. I'm not sure what drivers I need and where I can get them. Hoping somebody could point me in the right direction.

    As I mentioned, it's a Dell XPS 410
    SATA drive is Seagate ST3160812AS

    Let me know if you need any other info. I'll try to find it.

    THANKS!
    Kevin
     
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    XP Pro 64bit has historical issues with drivers - I've been there. Unless you're a tweak nerd chief engineer Scotty type character who needs to squeeze every last drop out of available system resources, then don't bother with XP 64bit. But that is only my personal opinion.

    You'll probably find more success in using Vista 64bit... but if intergalactic mega performance is what you need, why are you bothering with Windows at all?

    But if you're up for a fight then XP 64bit will certainly give you that. :)
     
  3. kpshulman

    kpshulman Thread Starter

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    This reply is actually to the message sent by Lance1, who sent me the link to the 64-bit drivers. I went ahead and downloaded the drivers at the Dell website.

    *XPS 410 64-bit sata drivers* (http://support.dell.com/support/dow..._9200_XPS_410&hidos=WV64&hidlang=en&TabIndex=)

    Can you tell me what to do next? I extracted all of them, but it gives me about 8.3MB of files (too big to stick on my floppy drive). It extracts three folders "CD Image", "Files", and "Executable". "CD Image" has three image files:

    Samsung Firmware Update
    Seagate_Utility_2D
    Seagate_Utility_3D

    "Executable" has 1 file: DI080229

    "Files" contains 5 files:

    DE12-2D (MS-DOS Batch File)
    DE12-3D (MS-DOS Batch File)
    DE12-2D (BIN File)
    DE12-3D (BIN File)
    SF (Application)

    I'm not sure which files I need to put on the floppy. Please help.

    Thanks!
     
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