boot up problem

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January 10, 2009 at 12:40:20
Specs: Windows XP, e8400, 4 gb
First off, I'm a computer networking major so having to go online with my problem is kind of embarrassing.

That said, this is my first build for personal usage and first time messing with SATA. I bought parts off Newegg and built my new system, yet I am unable to boot from my Windows XP Pro CD. It is a legit boot up CD, not burned.

[u]System specs:[/u]
Antec 1200 case
Corsair HX520 PSU
Asus P5Q PRO mobo, bios revision 1613
e8400 @ 3.0
G Skill 4 GB ddr2 1066
Sapphire 4870 512gb
WD Caviar Black 640GB, 32MB cache - sata
LG 22x DVD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROM – sata

There are 2 errors I am seeing, depending on which SATA connection I plug my HDD in to.

If my HDD is plugged into the red 1-6 SATA ports, then I get the error:
'Sata # Drive - Atapi Incompatible' # being which slot it is plugged in to.

If my HDD is plugged into the orange SATA port with Asus’ Drive Xpert feature set to NORMAL(like I’m supposed to according to manual), then I get the error:
‘Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key’

[u]My thoughts:[/u]
BIOS recognizes both drives and I’m pretty sure (85%) that this is not a BIOS setting problem. I’ve read the manual like 10 times and checked tons of online resources trying to figure this out.

Small chance it could be the physical setup, but SATA drives don’t use jumpers and the cables can’t really go in the wrong way so I’m not sure what could be causing this anymore, plus like I said, the BIOS recognizes both drives.

Another thing I noticed, the dvd-rom IS spinning, but I could not tell if the HDD was or not.

Any help is HIGHLY appreciated.

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January 10, 2009 at 14:21:38
According to your manual you must have at least SP1 integrated into your WinXP install CD in order to use SATA drives.

SATA ports 1-6 are configured as IDE by default. That means you can install the drives and WinXP without installing any SATA drivers at the beginning of the installation (press F6 if you need to install any SCSI or third party drivers). Read the two excerpts from your manual.

The SATA_E1 (orange, port 0) and SATA_E2 (white, port 1) ports are for
SATA hard drives only. ATAPI device is not supported.

Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the
appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a
CD-ROM drive.

If I interpret the manual correctly that means if you don't intend to run any RAID arrays you can use SATA 1-6 without SATA drivers if you leave the default settings. However the instructions on how to set SATA 1-6 for a CDrom are spelled out in the two excerpts above.

I suggest that you slipstream The SATA drivers and then connect the SATA optical drive to one of the SATA 1-6 ports. Connect the SATA hard drive to one of the other two, preferably the first of them. Hope this makes sense. In essence the Optical drive will run as an IDE device.

As per the excerpts above the odd two SATA ports do not support ATAPI.

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January 10, 2009 at 14:43:03
That may do the trick, I know my disc was from before SP1 so I will find one with it and try it out tonight.

Another question that brings up though, why would I get the 'Atapi device incompatible' error when my HDD is plugged into the red 1-6 SATA ports?

My bios setting has SATA running as Enhanced IDE. Assuming the SP1+ disc doesn't do the trick, should I change this setting to AUTO and put the HDD back in the red SATA 1 slot?

Also, could that ATAPI incompatible error be b/c I don't hard reset the CMOS after switching the ports?

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January 10, 2009 at 15:10:19
Optical drives are ATAPI devices, at least when used in IDE mode.

You must use on of the SATA 1-6 with the optical drive. You can connect the SATA hard drive to SATA 1-6 also but the drive will run slower.

I assume you have a SATA II HDrive. To get the maximum speed from that drive you should run it as a SATA drive. To do that you must either have a floppy drive and supply the SATA drivers when prompted or slipstream the drivers. It makes more sense to slipstream the drivers along with SP3. Use nLite to perform the slipstreaming.

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January 10, 2009 at 21:59:17
Okay, using an SP 2 disc I got it booting up though my old XP key isn't working, couldn't install.

I plan on getting Vista 64 Business Edition from school Monday, and a valid key for the xp sp 2 as well in case I want to install that then upgrade to Vista.

What do you recommend at this point? I still have not installed anything because my key was invalid and no floppy for SATA drives.

In the end I want the Vista 64 business edition using the sata II to its fullest, easiest way from this point?

Also, can you use USB devices for the drivers instead of floppy?

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January 10, 2009 at 22:29:55
If you don't know what slipstreaming is then Google for it. That is your easiest and cheapest method. nlite is the program you can use to integrate the service pack and the SATA drivers into your original CD files after you copy them to a hard drive on a second computer. Then you burn the new files to CDR.

I geve you a link with instructions. read it.

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January 10, 2009 at 23:48:53
It doesn't say anything about Vista, thats why I ask.

I was originally only installing XP because I had to wait a week to get my Vista key.

Now that this problem took up most of the time, i'm going to wait another day or two till then and just do a fresh install of Vista 64 if it lets me.

MUST I install XP and slipsteam the drivers before I can install Vista?

edit: Also, I haven't thanked you yet. I certainly would still be pulling my hair out if not for your input. I appreciate your time invested to help me. Thank you.

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January 11, 2009 at 07:05:37
You shouldn't NEED to slipstream anything into your Vista disk. I think Vista supports SATA controllers out of the box.

Not positive about that because I don't use Vista.

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