Need sata 3as driver for re-install

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January 29, 2012 at 13:31:04
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.793 GHz / 1534 MB
Have an acer x1200 desktop with no recovery partition. 64bit

Have a vista 64 install disk.

The c:\ has been formatted.

When running the install disk it wants the drivers for the hd.

Looked everywhere I can think of to get the drivers to put on the flash drive with out any luck.

The hd is a seagate 3as.

Need some help here.... I have even borrowed an acer restore disk,,,,no joy


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#1
January 29, 2012 at 13:55:55
You need the SATA Controller Chipset Driver, you need to find the manufacturer/model.

Alternatively contact Acer and purchase the Restore Media for the PC.


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#2
February 1, 2012 at 13:28:47
You don't need to provide the SATA controller drivers while installing Windows if you do this:

Go into the bios Setup and find the setting for the SATA controller mode.
I can't tell you specfically what it is, but it's presently set it to SATA or AHCI mode, it's changable, and at least one other mode is an IDE compatible mode.
Change that setting to the IDE compatible mode, Save bios Settings.

When you boot the computer from the DVD, the Vista disk will then detect the SATA controller, as an IDE compatible controller, and the SATA drives, as IDE compatible drives.

You will be able to complete Setup fine.

After Setup has finished, you must load the main chipset drivers in order for Vista to have the info it needs about your specific mboard, e.g. they must be loaded to enable your USB 2.0 support, and any other drivers for devices Vista did not find automatically, If you load the SATA controller drivers for the mboard, then you can change the SATA controller mode in the bios back to SATA or AHCI , save bios settings, so that you then get the possibility of the full max burst data transfer speed the SATA specs of the drive and the controller support.


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#3
February 1, 2012 at 23:13:31
I downloaded the chip set drivers, from Acer...no joy
Still said hd recognized but unable to install to that drive. 32 or 64

Looked through the bios...no joy.

After four days and several vista disk , One being an Acer Vista ,I said screw it and looked through my software library and found a Dell oem win 7 cd

Popped it in clicked on install and less than 15 minutes later the Acer rebooted..connected to Microsoft, updated and is activated.

Never liked Vista, but I think I'll pick up another vista junker and see what went wrong .....when I have nothing to do



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#4
February 2, 2012 at 08:35:57
The main chipset drivers are not what is needed - it's the drivers for the SATA controller(s),, or SATA controller chipset, which is usually actually just a single chip. .
There are usually two separate SATA controller downloads available - a larger one you install in Windows, and a smaller one you use while running Setup to provide enough info for Setup to recognize the SATA controller.
In some cases, e.g. for NVidia main chipsets, the former may be built into a relatively huge main chipset drivers download - thats not what you need - you need the smaller download intended for using with Setup.

XP has no built in SATA controller drivers on it's CD, Vista has some SATA controller drivers on it's DVD, Windows 7's DVD probably has more SATA controller drivers on it than the Vista DVD does .

For XP the SATA controller drivers must be on a floppy disk, and you must press F6 near the beginning of loading files from the CD in order for it to request you supply the drivers. .
For Vista and Windows 7, they can be on a floppy disk or on a USB flash drive and possibly on other sources
I've only installed Vista a couple of times, the bios had the SATA controllers in an IDE compatible mode both times, so I'm not sure if you need to press F6 early like you do for XP.

"Go into the bios Setup and find the setting for the SATA controller mode.
I can't tell you specifically what it is, but it's presently set it to SATA or AHCI mode, it's changeable, and at least one other mode is an IDE compatible mode.
Change that setting to the IDE compatible mode, Save bios Settings."

I said "....find the setting for the SATA controller mode.
I can't tell you specifically what it is,..."

....because it's almost always the case for brand name systems that there is no full description of the settings in the brand name bios Setup, so there is nothing for us to look at on the web that we can refer you to for the exact line and location in the bios Setup. . However, such a setting has always been there since shortly after the early days of the mboard having a SATA drive controller - it's just a matter of figuring out where the setting is and changing it to an IDE compatible mode of some sort b- most people are able to find that, no problem.
Somewhere there is a setting that is set to SATA or AHCI, it's changeable, and at least one other mode is an IDE compatible mode of some sort.

I've noticed that some retail desktop mboard models, e.g. Asus, have that setting set to the IDE compatible mode in the bios Setup by default when the mboard has SATA drive controllers.
Retail desktop mboards, which are used in generic desktop systems or for smaller volume brand name or custom made systems, and have the mboard maker's bios on them, often have full descriptions of the settings in the bios Setup in the mboard manual, so for those it's easy for you or us to look up where that IDE compatible setting is.


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