|"The problem with the Acer Aspire and most other new notebooks when installing XP is that the SATA drivers used to run the harddisk don't come preloaded onto the XP-disk"|
No kidding? That's what you were being told above. And it applies to XP in general, not just notebooks. XP was released in 2001, SATA didn't come into play until 2003...that's why there are no drivers on the disc & that's why you have to press F6 to load the drivers manually. If you don't have a floppy drive, you have to use nLite to create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers integrated into it.
"I managed to make a clean install of Windows TinyXP on an Acer Aspire"
TinyXP is a pirated version of Windows & cannot be discussed in these forums.
Pirated Windows more impressive than the real thing