Can't install XP on system with one sata drive

By razzbarry ·
I have a Asus P5NSLI mb and I can install windows up until it tries to boot to the hard drive to finish the installation. It just boots and boots and never finds the drive. SP found the drive, got the correct size, formatted it and loaded the OS.

The system has a intel core 2 duo, with 1 GB of Corsair memory. Everything seems to work but the install of XP. I am using XP Home SP2b.

What can cause the system to ignore the HD? It is set as the primary HD, it is the only one in the Bios.


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by 3xp3rt In reply to Can't install XP on syste ...

When you install the Windows XP on a SATA drive, at the installation start you must press the F6 key to insert the SATA driver in the floppy drive. Without this steep tour installation may be corrupted. Probably this is your problem.

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by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to Can't install XP on syste ...

you need to install a raid driver.press f6 when the disk is beginning to load and load the driver off a floppy drive.

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by kdecal In reply to Can't install XP on syste ...

Barry all you have to do is unplug your usb keyboard and use a ps2! I figured it out in about 4 hrs. Microsoft could not even help me. It just locks up!

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by JeffG_z In reply to Can't install XP on syste ...

Hi, I installed XP SP2 on a 400GB SATA drive. I also had 2 DVD writers in on IDE. When I had an IDE drive in, it kept trying to use IDE drive for install. I removed for install and then tried to link in afterwards. I have tried both IDE0 nd IDE1 and I have made IDE drive Master and slave. Is there a BIOS setting I am missing? I have an MSI P6N SLI-FI motherboard.

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