Can anyone help me with a SATA controller install?

By trflugum ·
I have a Fujitsu Lifebook N3530 laptop which originally came with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 installed on it.There was a bad trojan infection and got the worst BSOD and could not boot up in any way. I removed the HD and formatted, intending to install XP Pro booting from the cd. Now, since the laptop came with a SATA hard drive installed and the XP Pro disk does NOT include a SATA controller in setup "the 'hard drive' could not be found". This required me to download a controller and put it on a floppy or a flashdrive (I have an external)and use that for the setup and install. My problems are: 1) I cannot find a SATA controller for this Fujitsu Lifebook n3530 SATA hard drive(120gb)that is downloadable to and extractable from a floppy or USB. 2) I'm seeing a few different ways to do this install(with the proper install of controller drivers for a SATA hd), what is the best way to approach this, step by step?
I would appreciate any and all help!
Thank you! T.Robert

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Slipstream your XP installation with the SATA drivers.

by Jacky Howe In reply to Can anyone help me with a ...

<b>How To: Slipstream your XP installation</b>

Download nLite nLite-1.4.8.installer.exe and the guide


These are the steps that I took and if you have any problems read the guide.

Download the Sata Drivers from the manufactures web site.

Install Nlite

Extract the Sata Drivers to a folder named Sata using WinRar. http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm

Copy the entire XP CD to a folder named XPS

I then ran Nlite and Browsed to the XPS folder, click Next, click Next then select the Drivers and Bootable ISO click Next.

At the Drivers Tab click insert, click single driver and navigate to the folder with the .inf file for windows XP.

Highlight it and select open and select next. Select Textmode driver and select the XP Sata driver and click OK.

Click next and Yes to apply changes, next and select Make ISO. Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.

<b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>


Let us know how you get on

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Run the .exe

by Jacky Howe In reply to Slipstream your XP instal ...

It will extract the files to C:\Drivers\SATA_INTEL_V4.7.0.6815

Copy them to your floppy or create a cd like I suggested

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That worked!!!

by trflugum In reply to Run the .exe

Thank you very much!!! That worked very smoothly. That's all the additional info I needed to continue, Thanks again Jackie!!

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Since you have a floppy drive try this.

by dldorrance In reply to Can anyone help me with a ...

You need to download the motherboard SATA driver from Fujitsu. Go here to obtain the driver (you will have to enter the serial number or model number of your computer) http://support.fujitsupc.com/CS/Portal/support.do?srch=DOWNLOADS

Copy the driver to a floppy disk and the mount it in the floppy drive and attach it to your computer.

Insert Windows CD installation disk in the CD drive and start the computer. Early on at the bottom of the screen you will see something about drivers and "press F6". This message goes by rather quickly so you need to keep a finger on F6 ready to push it.

Thereafter the install should go smoothly.

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Just a couple of additions

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Since you have a floppy d ...

You need to copy the Uncompressed SATA Driver to the Root of a Floppy not a Folder.

If you do not copy it to the Root of a Floppy Disc the Windows Installer will never find the driver.

When the First Blue Screen Appears you need to press the F6 Key and wait till you are prompted to insert a Disc in Drive A. Then insert the Floppy with the SATA Driver on it's Root and press Enter.

Honestly though using nLite is easier and a better Faster Option as you can include all Hardware Drivers and Service Packs and Hot Fixes. It will save you lots of time when you come to install any Updates since your Install Disc was made.


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Thanks, but I tried!

by trflugum In reply to Since you have a floppy d ...

I downloaded the 'driver' from Fujitsu and copied it to a floppy. The XP setup did not 'see' the drivers because it downloaded as an .exe file. I don't know how to extract the proper driver files from this executalbe file. What is the step by step method of pulling these file from this application? Or, maybe I'm just doing this wrong , but, everywhere I look, It's the same file download.

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Setup - "Press F6 to install additional drivers"

by oldbaritone In reply to Can anyone help me with a ...

While your setup CD is booting, if you watch carefully you will see it pause with the message "Press F6 to install additional drivers"

Extract the drivers to a directory on the USB.

Boot and press F6. Then tell Windows to load the drivers from the directory for the SATA controller, and load it during boot. Then continue with the install.

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