I’m about to setup a computer for a friend, just waiting for the components to be delivered. We ordered Windows XP Home SP2b.
We’re going to use an ASUS M2A-VM mainboard with SATA and PATA connectors. But we plan on using only SATA drives: a WD SATA HDD and an Optiarc AD-S1770S SATA dvd burner.
I’m not planning on reading up on how to slipstream a sata driver into the Windows install cd. I’ll buy a floppy drive for the SATA driver instead.
But can the XP install even commence from a SATA cd drive? Maybe I don’t really understand the driver issue. Maybe the F6-driver procedure is only neccessary for the setup procedure to be able to deal with the NCQ feature provided by the HDD?
Do I have to pack a PATA cd drive or will this work with the SATA drive?