You’ll likely need a floppy drive, by the way, IF the hard-drives are SATA.
If you’ve only got IDE hard-drives, then no, you should be able to load XP.
There can be four important driver-sets to get OTHER than the SATA Drivers.
- The Motherboard Chipset
- The Video Drivers (if the motherboard has built-in video, then these will probably be part of the “Motherboard Chipset” drivers)
- The LAN - network adapter - Drivers (these also may be part of the motherboard’s chipset driver collection)
- The Audio Drivers (and again, might be part of the motherboard’s chipset drivers)
Obviously, from the computer you wrote these messages on, you have another computer with internet access, so you should be able to find those drivers because of the Computer’s Brand Name, or the Motherboard Maker-Model Number, Video Card specs, etc.
Generally, “Motherboard Chipset Drivers” cover the CPU, the IDE Storage, and PCI-PCIx handling, and memory.
They may offer separately-installed drivers for Video, but often will have separate drivers for LAN and Audio.
I’ll be interested to hear how this worked out.