WinXP Installation Crashes on Laptop with a SATA hard drive

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WinXP Installation Crashes on Laptop with a SATA hard drive

Hi, I just received a gateway mt6707 laptop with a preinstalled windows vista home premium on it. I wish to successfully install Windows XP on it because most of my other devices (midi controllers and soundcards) doesn't have Vista drivers on their websites.

At first, the installation disc wouldn't recognize the hard drive, so I researched and found a way how to integrate the motherboard SATA controller using the NLite application.

I integrated this driver (text mode) onto the installation program:

Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH7M/DH)

Finally, the installation program recognized the SATA hard drive, and I was able to partition it and start installing.

However on the part where the windows logo appears on a black screen with the green bar under it moving horizontally appears for the first time, BSOD appears for a split second( I can't even pause it so I can view the details ) and reboots.

Is there any setting that I am missing, any driver I failed to integrate? Thanks.
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Jerry M. Gartner
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You may want to check for the latest drivers for that chip set from Intel. I know that they just came out with a batch of updated drivers in April of this year. Can you boot into safe mode? (press F8 right after POST and select Safe Mode). If you can, look through your event logs to see what is throwing the error.

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I also tried that, one of my several attempts was of of the installation discs that I made contained both the chipset and the sata controller.

Pressing F8 into safe mode still delivers me to the blue screen

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I noticed something when I partitioned the hard disk. When I partition the hard disk on my desktop pc, there's usually a leftover 8mb.

This time, there isn't any leftover when I partitioned the SATA hard disk on the laptop.

Is this normal?

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After you downloaded the drivers from gateway how didi you convert them in txt mode

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Hi there,

I got a similar laptop from Tescos this week, the Gateway
ML6227b. I have not booted it in Vista at all, but used a
Knoppix CD to make a backup image of the original drive
before attempting the XP install. Using `lspci` under
Linux the SATA controller is described as "82801GBM/

Googling this returned a PDF from HP / Compaq about
installing Windows 2000 on their latest notebooks [1] and
reading that I discovered they package the drivers for this
SATA controller. They describe it as the " the Intel SATA
AHCI Controller Driver, SoftPaq SP32478.exe" and you can
easily find that .exe on their site. [2]

I ran that .exe on another PC - it's a self-extracting .zip
file and when it's unpacked it automatically runs the .exe
inside, demanding a floppy. That exe then formats the
floppy and copies the driver files.

I then used nLite to create a bootable CD - I followed Eko
Wahyudiharto's instructions to do this. His English is
terrible but to give him credit I just found it easier to
follow his steps than to read the nLite manual or FAQ. You
just browse to the USB floppy where the driver files have
been placed and press the "burn" button (not the more
obvious "finish" button) on the last page.

I was able to boot the Gateway with this CD and XP has
installed successfully! I'm booted to the WIndows XP
desktop and am able to connect to the net using a USB
wireless dongle for which I have the drivers on CD. Now
just to activate Windows and find the drivers for the
internal network & graphics cards, card reader &c.



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I had the same problem with variouse HP laptops. Didn't have SATA drivers to hand so a simple fix before installing XP is to Disable "SATA Drives" under the Bios.