compaq presario sr1630il Win XP installation

January 2, 2011 at 08:18:51
Specs: Windows Vista
I am trying to install WIN XP, but after booting from CD system shows message - "system don't find any harddisk connected." But i have checked BIOS which shows Hard Disk connected. In same case I can install Win Vista or W7 but not XP. Can u help me?

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 09:22:25
XP doesn't natively support SATA hard drives. You need to press F6 at the beginning of the installation, then load the SATA drivers from a floppy, THEN the hard drive will be recognized.

If you don't have a floppy drive, check the BIOS to see if you can use "IDE compatibility mode". If it's available, use it to install XP, then install the SATA drivers, then change the BIOS setting back to the way it was.

If you don't have either of the above options, you'll have to create a new XP CD that has the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. You can use a program called nLite for that.

http://www.digitgeek.com/how-to-sli...


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#2
January 2, 2011 at 09:45:43
Windows XP including SP3 do support SATA drives by default.
So if you got an slipstreamed XP installation CD including SP3 will work for you.

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#3
January 2, 2011 at 10:00:41
Service Pack 3 has improved Controller Support but saying it finds all is poppycock !

In BIOS can you set the SATA mode to IDE ?

If not you will need to create a XP CD which includes SP3 and Controller Drivers using nLite..


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#4
January 2, 2011 at 10:49:36
Am I missing something here?

Who said, that Windows XP SP3 installation CD will recognize all SATA controllers?

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#5
January 2, 2011 at 14:03:55
"Windows XP including SP3 do support SATA drives by default"

To support drives must first off support Controller Chipsets unless the BIOS is canged to IDE Mode for SATA Drive when to XP they are an IDE Drive !


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#6
January 2, 2011 at 14:21:02
I don't really understand, what you are talking about.
I installed alot of computers, where BIOS setting was set to AHCI and not to IDE, used WinXP SP3 to install, and everything was running smoothly.

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#7
January 2, 2011 at 16:14:22
Paul is correct you have to change the setting in the BIOS to IDE. Unless may it is a branded XP CD like my Dell Xp Pro sp3 branded for Dell. I believe Dell adds the SATA drivers.

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.


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