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Ask a question Calabrel - Last answered on Apr 28, 2017 at 04:15 PM by pelicano
Hello,

I am aware of the AHCI/SATA problem. Unfortunately for me, the laptop I'm working with has Phoenix BIOS, which doesn't allow me to alter any advanced BIOS options, including disabling AHCI. So I'm stuck without the ability to install XP on my new hard drive. If anyone has any suggestions or answers, it'd be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Hi. Found this thread after having BIG trouble trying raw installation XP on a HP/Compaq laptop (nx9420). Same symptom. After loading all drivers, the installation sw said it could not find any hd. After googling a while I thought it had to be the SATA / AHCI issue. Also have this very basic BIOS setup with very few setup possibilities. After a couple of days trying Nlite and drivers an god knows what I got a fluke whim just to test switching "SATA native mode" OFF ! Heureka ! it worked. Dont know if this is solution for genuine AHCI - issues, but it might be the solution for some of You also who found this thread. // Peter
wac- Jul 28, 2010 at 10:06 PM
Thanks, been playing with this all day, I'm happy and my baby girl will soon be happy
ee- Aug 4, 2010 at 09:22 AM
YES! this worked for me on my Compaq nx9420. thank you! I was really dreading the nLite push =)
sortagreen- Aug 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM
outstanding!
Sam Star- Oct 7, 2012 at 03:23 PM
thank you!!! This worked perfect
pelicano- Apr 28, 2017 at 04:15 PM
thanks this worked for me, thanks a 1,000000
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For those of you that have Aspire One (netbook) and window XP installer could not find HD problem.

You must switch the SATA Mode (BIOS) to IDE from AHCI.

Hit F2 at boot screen -> Main -> SATA Mode -> IDE

This will allow Window XP to see your SATA.
Pete- Jul 31, 2009 at 12:22 AM
how about those of us, whose laptops dont have any sata/ide menu options?

i have a toshiba satellite A205-s5000 laptop, which has VERY BASIC bios options, and none of those which u mentioned.

i also want to install xp on a vista laptop, n I also keep gettin the "cant find hard drive" error.

help?
Wade- May 21, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Switching to IDE just freezes my boot.
JohnMaroto- Jun 17, 2010 at 09:36 PM
I have a Acer Aspire One, but the Bios has the "InsydeH20 Setup Utility, and "Main", has only the following options:

System TIme
System Date

Total Memory
Video Memory

Quick Boot
Network Boot
F12 Boot menu
D2D recovery

HELP, I have no OS, and can't install it!
schutt- Aug 23, 2010 at 02:57 PM
i have a 2000 gateway computer and harddrive dont want to work right from boot and I need help on how to fix the problem please help thanks
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The BIOS change to IDE on SATA worked! Thank you for the tip!
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i have an vista o.s I formatted vista but then too xp does not detect hard drive
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no... once you have the install complete, change the setting back to SATA as it is faster than IDE.
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dear same problem:
i ran through this problem, and I have tried every possible solution, even with fdisk,formatting, third party during setup,drivers, etc etc etc for hell windows
iam a doctor, and this is brain insult

very big advice--------------------------hell to windows
i have changed to linux in very easy way
now my laptop had ubuntu 9.04 and mandriva 2009 powerpack and many other partitions of my work
believe or not ,
swear god I did nothing , no drivers, no problems ,nothing atall
my wireless,my display, audio, video,every thing is perfect
it is not advertisement , I have no time for that shut
it is what happened with me
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You can use slipstreaming to add the SATA drivers to Your XP disk. The trick is to find the right drivers,

go to this site for info on nLite a tool for slipstreaming.

http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/...
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This is a link to the SATA drivers

http://icrontic.com/downloads/slipstream_windows_xp_drivers
Leo Tyrannus- Mar 6, 2009 at 12:18 AM
I have the same issue as Chose, I burned countless CD-R's every single time one of the drivers that I slipstreamed in with nlite from the SATAIDE folder that comes with the nforce drivers from Nvidia would be corrupt once I got into the Windows setup, this caused the setup to halt. The funny thing is I did get XP successfully installed before using SP2 and this same method, but when with the SP3 I have now the above happens. Short story, I nuked that successful install using this method with SP2 x64 because the DVD-RW was malfunctioning under it and I had a project I needed to complete which forced me back to the Vista x64 Home OEM that came with my Gateway DX4720-03.

I tried looking for a work around with a bootable USB XP install but, no go, all my USB devices don't support booting. tried booting from and installing from an external hard drive in an enclosure connected via USB and it was a no go Windows won't run setup from external. Ok so I thought about why couldn't you install the Setup inside of a WinPE or a BertPE enviroment, surprise surprise they don't support x64.

It has been a literal nightmare trying to get XP on this machine to the point where I've scoured the internet for a means or a tutorial on how to, and I've tried to find someone that has the same problem that solved it, and I did find one post by someone that found a way but the douche didn't post it.
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thank u thank u thank u thank u!! u guys are really great!!! I love u all.. MUAHH!! it worked like magic... hahahah
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I'm trying to install xp on and MSI laptop and the bios has not option to change the hard drive type. Bios recognizes the hd but when trying to install xp it says there is no hdd present. What do I do?
91-bluebird- Feb 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM
I have the same error, on my gateway mx6214, bios shows harddrive but xp doesnt see it, ubuntu does however, I need xp to be installed asap without a floppy drive anyone please help I have a windows xp disk from bestbuy with its own product key, please help
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i have built couple of pc's and never ran across this problem ever. I got a hp laptop from a friend to re install windows for them and I got the error mentioned above.

While I was in the middle of the nLite program I decided to keep looking and found this page. I reset the bios to Disable the sata and IT WORKED PERFECTLY!

THANKS OP! Was a good learn as well.
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mine one is also pheonix
I have disabled it
and I installed XP sp2
blah- Jan 15, 2010 at 12:24 AM
How did you go about disabling Phoenix? I have an Alienware M7700 with RAID and it isn't recognizing the hard drive when installing XP or in BIOS. I read something about upgrading the RAID controller driver using an external floppy drive????
xpcman 17318Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration date ModeratorStatus May 23, 2017 Last seen - Feb 1, 2010 at 03:24 PM
There is a point where the XP install asks you to insert a floppy with the RAID drivers. Something about "press F6 if you have a RAID driver to install".

Good Luck
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This is the only help I have found so far:

http://www.howtogeek.com/...
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thanks for this one...I'll already solve my problem..
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I disabled the AHCI in the bios and put SATA/ATA and it worked for me thanks....... Solved my problem......
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Thanks so much guys! You are heaven-sent lifesavers!

Should I leave SATA mode at IDE for good?

=D
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I had the same problem with a GATEWAY DX4720-03 computer model and downloaded SATA_IDE drive from http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_winxp_15.24.html and install windows server 2003 with no errors.

you will need to slipstream the driver with nlite and change AHCI mode on Bios IF YOU CAN.
the driver is located at IDE/WINXP/SATA_IDE on the file.

good look!
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In a PC there is green button next to the bois if you press this 3 times it clear the bois and you can change the setting of the bois.
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I did the same thing as suggested above xpcman however it still did not work. When using the nlite I also included the intel chip drivers for my Gateway MX6214. This was my third XP cd burn before I had it working correctly. Cheers!
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thank u thank u thank u thank u!!! u guys are great!! was stuck on this for 2 days straight!!! u saved my life!!

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