DOS Intel 945GME SATA drivers

Hewlett-packard / Mini 110-1115
February 25, 2010 at 16:29:37
Specs: DOS/WinXP Home SP3
I am trying to install Windows XP on my HP Mini netbook with a Intel 945GME chipset. I cannot find any dos drivers to access my SATA HDD. I was going to copy the files from USB to the HDD in Linux, but will not until I can read/write to my HDD. When I try to access my HDD, it says:

A:\> C:

C:\> dir


Invalid media type reading drive C
Abort, Retry, Fail?f
Volume in drive C has no label

Invalid media type reading drive C
Abort, Retry, Fail?f

Invalid media type reading drive C
Abort, Retry, Fail?f
Fail on INT 24

C:\>

Please help me. There are no options in my BIOS to set and there is no CD drive. The only thing to do is get a USB cd drive.


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#1
February 25, 2010 at 16:51:23
You don't use dos or dos drivers to install XP. You'd need to get the necessary SATA drivers probably either from Intel or your motherboard manufacturer. Then either create a slipstream cd with the drivers or copy them to a floppy disk and use the F6 option to load them during the installaiton. Additional info here:

http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/2...

Oh, the message you're getting ,"Invalid media type reading drive C:", means the C: partition isn't formatted. But that's a dos/fat partition message. As part of the XP install you'll get an option to remove the existing partition. Do that and let XP create a new one.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
February 25, 2010 at 16:57:20
You don't need DOS drivers, you need SATA drivers. You *may* be able to change the drive setting in the BIOS to "IDE compatibility mode" but if that's not an option, the only thing you can do is create a new XP CD with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

How To Slipstream SATA Drivers Into XP CD


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#3
February 25, 2010 at 17:05:59
I reread your post. I guess you're trying to get an external cdrom set up. But installing XP that way is going to be difficult unless you can boot from it. Check in cmos/bios setup and see if you have that option.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
February 26, 2010 at 16:32:04
@jam: I do not have/have enough money to get a USB cdrom drive and my NETBOOK has no CD drive!

@DAVE: There are no options in my BIOS, and I was using DOS to chainload WinXP setup; I built the SATA drivers in with nLite :) It would look like:
C:\i386>winnt

and it would start installing.

If it means that I just have to format my partition, I will be soo happy!


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#5
February 26, 2010 at 16:33:13
@DAVE: I know the chainloading works because I have used it before on SP2.

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#6
February 26, 2010 at 18:49:07
I have no experience with chainloading so can't advise you there.

But to format a FAT partitioned drive, you boot up with a FAT OS, probably a 9X version and at the prompt type format c: and enter. But if you happen to have some multiple OS setup on the drive, the C: designation may mean something different depending on which is up and running. I mean, I don't know what OS you're running when you get the 'invalid media type reading drive C:' after trying the DIR command. I don't know how you're booting up with that OS when you don't have a cdrom or floppy drive (or do you have a floppy drive?) and only an unformatted hard drive.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#7
March 1, 2010 at 04:45:43
Now I have DOS on my 2009 netbook and I am installing
Windows XP!

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#8
March 1, 2010 at 23:11:25
Good luck. I hope it installs OK.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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