Windows Setup: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

December 19, 2011 at 11:58:44
Specs: Windows XP, dunno

Trying to fix an old dinosaur of a PC for my gf.

Got a SATA drive and on installing windows I get "Setup did not find any hard disk drives"

From what I've read I can make an alternate xp boot CD with the Sata drivers but cannot find the right 'text-mode Sata' drivers.

The motherboard reads : V266b rev which seems to be JETWAY although the only drivers I can find are Audio and Bios related.

If anyone can be of assistance, Thanks a lot!

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December 19, 2011 at 13:07:27
You simply need a Windows XP installation CD including SP3. It supports SATA.
This Windows XP SP3 CD needs to be the same version as the one, you got an activation code for.

If you have activation code for Windows XP Home, you need Windows XP Home including SP3.
For Windows XP Professional, you need Windows XP Professional including SP3.


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December 19, 2011 at 14:13:05

so if I download an image of XP home with SP3, burn it to cd and use my original windows activation code then I should be cooking on gas?

I'll give that a go.

I've had another look at the chipset(?) and seen it's a VIA VT8233A but still no look finding the right drivers.

Thanks again

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December 19, 2011 at 14:57:29
"so if I download an image of XP home with SP3"
Or use use your own XP CD & slipstream SP3 onto it.

How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
SP3 download
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
Why Service Packs are Better Than Patches
Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File
List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3
Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Your Windows XP Installation CD
How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3

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December 20, 2011 at 15:13:04
SP3 does NOT support SATA. You either need to press F6 at the beginning of XP setup & load the SATA drivers from a floppy, OR create a new XP disk with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it, OR enter the BIOS & change the SATA setting to IDE compatibility mode.

"cannot find the right 'text-mode Sata' drivers"

That's because you should be looking for drivers for the SATA controller used on the motherboard. We can't help because you didn't post the model number of the board. Try the Jetway site:

VIA drivers are found on the VIA website, but you need the model number of the SATA controller. VT8233A is the Southbridge chip.

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December 20, 2011 at 15:39:55
This will give you the motherboard info you need to google for the drivers ( which normally come with the the motherboard on a CD )

EVEREST Home Edition Last Freeware Version

This is the other program I use to find info that Everest dos'nt.

I use SIW for Licenses & Passwords.
1: Left hand column. Software > Licenses.
2: Software > Passwords
3: Top bar. Tools > Win 9x Password Cracker.
The Freeware SIW is a Read-Only / Display-Only System Information tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings. A standalone tool that does not require installation.
A utility that includes detailed specs for Motherboard, BIOS, CPU, Devices, Memory, Video, Drivers, Ports, Printers.
It displays information about Operating System, Installed Programs, Processes, Services, Serial Numbers, Users, Open Files, System uptime, Users, Network, Network Shares, and more, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, Memory, PageFile usage and network traffic.
SIW also displays currently active network connections, Passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more.

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