Installing XP on SATA HDD woes

vbimport

#1

New PC bought from a mate. The mobo is a A7N8X-E and the HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200GB.

The SATA drive cannot be detected in Windows setup and I really do want Windows set up on this drive, not another IDE drive ‘as a way past it’. Tried BIOS recognition and F6 to install driver on Windows setup

Now, I have used Google and some people are suggesting a bootable disk but I don’t know where how or what to put on there - I even d/led the drivers but I don’t know what is meant to go on the disk.

I considered cloning from an IDE install and hat is proving to be a real headache.

I just want to set up XP on this SATA - surely it can’t be that hard?

Can anyone help?


#2

I’ve got XP set up on both my SATA HDDs, but I chose to use IDE compatible mode in the BIOS.


#3

My advice is to go to pcper.com and make a post in the Asus forum there. http://forums.pcper.com/forumdisplay.php?f=8

The senior moderator in that forum is called Senor Panadero and he knows more about the A7N8X series of motherboards than anyone I know on the net.

You might also want to look in the stickied thread in that Asus forum. The answer may already be posted there.


#4

Hi :slight_smile:
If not using Raid then the non-raid or IDE compatability should work fine.
In theory it shouldn’t be that hard.
1st check bios to see the SATA settings.
Then run the install, the f6 to install drivers should also be fairly straight forward (if you unpack the drivers - there should be seperate drivers for raid & non-raid).
Put the non-raid on the floppy.


#5

I have XP Pro running on a SATA II 3.0MB drive and no problems.

Just plug it in and boot from CD/DVD drive with your XP disc in it. Format,partition if wanted,load XP,load mobo drivers and away you go.


#6

Hi :slight_smile:
Just been looking at the [B][U]manual:[/U][/B].
You’ll note if you look at this, the motherboard has jumpers for SATA. Enable/Disable.
You might have to play with these.
As for the drivers that you need to put on the disc, you should have got a CD with all the relevant drivers on. Apparently has a create disc option.
Just insert the disc + a floppy & click on ‘create disc’.
If you haven’t got this disc check out this site : -
[B][U]SiliconImage:[/U][/B]


#7

You either slipstream the drivers (use nLite or similar tool) or make a floppy with the drivers on it. I’d also warn you of the silent data corruption SiL3112(A) had issues with so be sure to grab drivers from Silicon Image’s site and newest BIOS by Asus. You cannot use a CD to load drivers during installation. Using “Legacy mode” or IDE Emulation is a bad way of using SATA.
//Danne


#8

Er, please bear with me - I’ve never used SATA drives before.

I don’t know what IDE compatible mode is.

I don’t have the drivers - my friend couldn’t find the mobo disc. I downloaded some utility drivers here but there isn’t anything that indicates any SATA drivers to put on a floppy.

Thanks for the link to the Asus place; I will read/post on there but with any luck we can have it licked here as this thread is already running. I’m sure it’s a simple problem that I just don’t get.


#9

http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportsearchresults.aspx?pid=63&cid=3&ctid=2&osid=8&
//Danne


#10

The SATA drivers are at that Asus site under Drivers. Here

I used to have one of these boards, an early revision, but never used the SATA ports. Dizzy and Zebadee are right about putting the drivers on a floppy.

Edit: Apparently Asus won’t let me link straight to the driver page, but the SATA drivers are there.


#11

Hi :slight_smile:
The SATA drivers are on the CD.
If you don’t have that then goto the SiliconImage site.
DiiZzY :bow: has given you link for 64 bit:
For 32 bit:
http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportsearchresults.aspx?pid=63&cid=3&ctid=2&osid=4&


#12

Thanks. Is it the first one on the list? Just unzip, plop on a floppy and use with F6 on XP setup? Is that right?

kerry, thanks but I know about the Asus drivers as I linked there myself (above) but I don’t know what I’m meant to put on the floppy (also said above).


#13

[quote=groovemeister;2020089]Just unzip, plop on a floppy and use with F6 on XP setup? Is that right?
[/quote]Yes that’s correct


#14

Just to add, I’m pretty sure the files should not be in a folder when putting them on the floppy disc.

Good luck, sprinkle some holy water on that biatch. lol.


#15

Maybe this guide will help a little. http://www.senorpanadero.net/alpha_03/drives.htm

Its a little old and there seem to be newer drivers out, but it does go through the process step by step and confirms eric93se’s comment that the files should be at the root level on the floppy, not in a folder.


#16

HURRAH!

Thanks you so much everyone - I finally got it working. The link given by zebadee unfortunately didn’t work with the drive, but from the file names in the directory I was able to figure out the files needed from the actual board’s utilities download from the Asus website and plopped them on a floppy.

I now have 2 questions:

  1. Obviously I’ll keep the files should I need to ever reinstall, but would updating the board’s BIOS mean that I may not need them?

  2. Configuring the SATA HDD as a boot device in BIOS… should it be HDD 0? I will also have 1 or 2 IDE drives attached.

Thanks again everyone!


#17

Hi :slight_smile:
Yay!!!
Yes keep the drivers on a floppy (also on a bacup CD/DVD utils disc of your own).
Becuase of problems withearlier BIOS, update to latest (if you haven’t already).
In the bios setup, you should have the boot from option.
SATA sorts itself (as long as you have boot from SATA).
The IDE’s shouldn’t be a problem as they’re on a different controller (just have jumpers set correctly).


#18

No, updating would mean that you may not get data corruption which the SATA controller on your board is known for.
//Danne


#19

[QUOTE=groovemeister;2020383]HURRAH!

Thanks you so much everyone - I finally got it working. The link given by zebadee unfortunately didn’t work with the drive, but from the file names in the directory I was able to figure out the files needed from the actual board’s utilities download from the Asus website and plopped them on a floppy.[/QUOTE]

I am really glad that worked for you :clap:…one of my PCs has an MSI mobo, and although drivers of some kind are included on MSI’s site, I’ve never been able to get them to install at F6, no matter what I did.

Now I know why that PC came pre-configured in IDE compatible mode, ROTFL :stuck_out_tongue:


#20

Thanks for the support guys. Unfotunately the drivers for the device have caused my PC to crash several times.

The ‘recovered from serious error’ mesage comes up and tells me that it’s the drivers responsible for it.

It tells me to go to Windows Update and get them but they’re not there (‘Hardware, Optional’ obviously). I’ve Googled and found them but they’re not digitally signed by Windows so the system could keep crashing

Is anyone aware of any ‘safe’ drivers?