Xp Install on a SATA HD Without Floppy (Having Problems With Given Solutions)

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hi, more of the same, I'm having problems with windows xp on a laptop with preinstalled vista that has no floppy drive, the error "It doesn't detect the SATA HDD"; I tried the solution with a usb floppy drive and pressing f6, I found the correct driver and it works fine, I`m able to partition the HD and the process continues until it asks for the driver again but the USB floppy drive doesn't wortk in that part of the installation.

The next solution I found of this forum was making a custom XP CD including the SATA drivers with NLITE software, incredible software, without pressing f6 the HD is detected and again I'm able to partition and the installation begins, almost success!! but ... when it reboots to continue the installation it does't detect the HD again a lecture error displays and the classic press ctrl+alt+del to reboot!!! Am I missing something?? or doing something wrong? obvious hel needed please, greetings!!

the machine by the way is a Gateway MX6946m Notebook
 

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Often with laptops, they work best with the os that it was designed to run.
Since you have already attempted to make an install disk, the only other thing I could suggest is to see if you can configure your sata to standard ide in the bios. XPsp2 usually finds a sata drive connected to an intel controller as long as it is set for standard ide. See if your bios gives you this option.

Other than that, if you are sure you used the correct driver, there is not much less you can do.

I am just wondering why you would want xp over vista? Is there some proprietary software you need to run that will not work under vista?

FWIW I have been running vista since Dec of last year with 0 problems. IMO a much better os than xp ever was however that is just my opinion.
 

linkois

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I'm sure it is but again MORE OF THE SAME, certain software that doesn't run on Vista yet, even though with update patches, i'll try to find another driver to see if the detail is solved. The driver that is in the recovery partition is - Intel(R) 82801GHM SATA RAID Controller; where do you think I might find some alternatives for the one I already downloaded?
 
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linkois said:
hi, more of the same, I'm having problems with windows xp on a laptop with preinstalled vista that has no floppy drive, the error "It doesn't detect the SATA HDD"; I tried the solution with a usb floppy drive and pressing f6, I found the correct driver and it works fine, I`m able to partition the HD and the process continues until it asks for the driver again but the USB floppy drive doesn't wortk in that part of the installation.

The next solution I found of this forum was making a custom XP CD including the SATA drivers with NLITE software, incredible software, without pressing f6 the HD is detected and again I'm able to partition and the installation begins, almost success!! but ... when it reboots to continue the installation it does't detect the HD again a lecture error displays and the classic press ctrl+alt+del to reboot!!! Am I missing something?? or doing something wrong? obvious hel needed please, greetings!!

the machine by the way is a Gateway MX6946m Notebook
Probably, something's missing while you build your ISO with nLite. You can see another room about what they have done succesfully with this custom setup.
 

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Have you checked the bios of your system to see if you can change the mode of the sata controller from raid to standard ide? XPsp2 will generally "See" a drive connected to an intel sata controller set to standard ide or non-raid.

One other thought; make sure there are xp drivers available from the mfg's site. If there are no xp drivers for your nic, touchpad, etc, you are basically wasting your time.
 

linkois

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with the basic form of NLITE I don't see where tha error can be; no changes can be done in BIOS and yes I have all the XP drivers, I'll rest some days it's getting kind of difficult.
 
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linkois said:
with the basic form of NLITE I don't see where tha error can be; no changes can be done in BIOS and yes I have all the XP drivers, I'll rest some days it's getting kind of difficult.
Did you add the SATA driver in the TEXTMODE drivers section of nLite? That's where it has to go. The only thing that should happen is that XP will tell you that the driver isn't signed, and ask if you want to use it anyway.

There are other places in nLite to add drivers, but SATA drivers have to go in the TEXTMODE section.
 
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I had same problem tried floppys they dont work finally tried something called SPLIT SCREEN you can read up on this on google after xp installs you will have to download all your driver manually so know what hardware you have before formatting hard drive to completely remove vista.I did this and it works great but read up first since it is a little tricky and remember LIFE IS TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEEP BEER
 
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mojo1180 said:
I had same problem tried floppys they dont work finally tried something called SPLIT SCREEN you can read up on this on google after xp installs you will have to download all your driver manually so know what hardware you have before formatting hard drive to completely remove vista.I did this and it works great but read up first since it is a little tricky and remember LIFE IS TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEEP BEER
 
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mojo1180 said:
I had same problem tried floppys they dont work finally tried something called SPLIT SCREEN you can read up on this on google after xp installs you will have to download all your driver manually so know what hardware you have before formatting hard drive to completely remove vista.I did this and it works great but read up first since it is a little tricky and remember LIFE IS TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEEP BEER
Floppies do work, if you have the correct driver files on the floppy. If you don't use the correct files, it won't work.
 
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bbearren said:
Floppies do work, if you have the correct driver files on the floppy. If you don't use the correct files, it won't work.
@bbearren : Yes, this last solutions will absolutely works. I agree with that.

@linkois : Your SATA F6 driver seems wrong (not compatible to the hardware) & this caused the slipstream CD wouldn't recognized the hard drive.
 
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I am sorry but the drivers for the sata drive can be put on the install disk using nLite and making the disk bootable and when the install asks for the drivers all you do is browse to the drivers on the install cd and install them.
 
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