Bios problems

  wonderwill 21:41 12 Jun 2008
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I was trying to run windows setup from the cd and came across the problem that it did not recognise a hard disc. I have googled this as I do not have the motherboard drivers and about to give up. However, I cannot get the Bios back to normal. On Sata only it recognises the hard drive and on Pata only it recognises the cd and dvd drives only. Combined Pat and sata does not seem to work. I have also tried resetting the BIOS settings and this does not work either. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  wotbus@ 21:55 12 Jun 2008

If you can get into the Setup, restore your BIOS to Default settings then run through the setup again.
As an OS install is best done with the minimum of hardware attached I would fit only one HDD until the OS is stable.
You really do need the motherboard drivers - and very early in the setup process.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:26 12 Jun 2008

Installing XP on SATA drive
Once you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.
Master and Slave
Remember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.

SATA controller driver
Your Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. Drivers may be written into BIOS, Try and see if windows CD can see the drive, if not then the SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you may have to make one.

BIOS settings
When you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.

Installing the SATA controller driver
Once you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers, do this. Windows will continue to install then ask you to locate the driver. now with the floppy disk created earlier in drive A: select the driver and hit Enter.
With the SATA drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual.

BIOS settings revisited
Once Windows has finished installing you will need to make sure the PC is set to boot from the SATA drive. To do this make the first boot device SATA if the option is available. If not you have two options: HD0 - If there are no IDE HDs present, or SCSI if you do plan on running an IDE HD as a secondary device.

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