How to install Windows XP on a SATA drive that is on a PCI controller card?

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  1. EricG1982

    EricG1982 New Member

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    Any ideas? Windows setup will not detect the disk, I'm guessing because it does not load the drivers to do so?

    Can someone explain to me how I can do this is a simple way? :wavey:
     
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    And no, I don't have a floppy drive
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm guessing you have other drives on the system?

    First, your bios needs to see the drive, and you need to set the bios for that drive to be first hard drive in the boot sequence.

    So you'll have dvd burner, then that drive in that order, in your bios.

    And windows should load up like normal.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh, and you need a windows xp disc with service pack 2.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    BTW, does the controller card have onboard bios?
     
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    Download nLite and create an XP CD with the drivers slipstreamed in.
     
  7. EricG1982

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    yes, i belive it does


    all my bios has is "check additional boot device"

    and i can slected the stronler card but not the drive on it
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If the card has onboard bios, what you do is hit a hotkey at bootup.

    With an adaptec scsi card for instance, you hit "ctl A" while it's booting to get into the card's bios.

    In a nutshell, you need to be able to set the bios to enable ide emulation for the sata drive.
    Whether that's on the motherboard, or the pci card.
     
  9. EricG1982

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    i will try it now
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Just watch the post screen at bootup for anything related to that card, and what keys to hit.
     
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    there is a bios then it detects the drive, ten continues to boot into windows, i see no keys to hit, i am going ot look on the website of the pruduct

    i have the Promise stat300 tx4

    The low-profile form factor SATA300 TX4 PCI adapter incorporates many of Promise Technology's advanced host bus adapter features. The 66MHz PCI bus supports up to 266MB/sec burst data transfer rate. The SATA300 TX4 also includes large LBA support for drives above 137GB, and its onboard BIOS automatically identifies and configures drive type. The controller supports up to two controllers in the same system.
     
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    i still can't figure it out

    so what your saying is

    i have to alter the windows xp image
    so that when set up runs, it installs the drivers into memory so it see the drive?

    i also can not find any insructions on how to enter the cards bios
     
  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well you don't have to worry about the card's bios, since it says that it automatically identifies and configures drive type.

    If you've got a service pack 2 disc, all you need to do is get your computer's bios to allow for booting up with that card.
    Maybe it's that "check additional boot option" setting.
     
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    under hard drive boot up,

    would i select "add in card"
    or the drive on the add in card? it shows both as an option
     
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    hideous, i did a read test in hd tune

    and my sata 2 3gbs 32mb 7200rpm drive is not much faster then my IDE 7200rpm 16mb drive
    slow ass pci slot
     
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    ok, i bought a sata dvd burner and put it on channel too, it says a bootable cd is detected and runs windows setup, then i get a blue screen, could this be due to the lack of drivers?
     
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    i used nlite, but the image it makes for some reason is not bootable..
     
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    it's a pain in the ass, thats all i have to say. i wish i could put xp on my notebook easily.
     

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