NON-Raid SATA HDs/XP Pro install problems

  kristin 01:49 09 Oct 2006

Asus A7N8X-x Mobo, Athlon XP 1800 CPU (never used), BIOS 1009, 2 new SATA HD's (Maxtor 100GB, Seagate 300GB)

I bought a PCI SATA adapter (SIIG), used a converter (sata power connector to regular 4 prong power cable) to connect to power supply ... not the onboard SATA power cables,
as they didn't seem to work. Both have power hooked up, both have
data cables connected to PCI adapter/controller.

-Started computer
-Loaded Maxtor HD Manufacture's disk. Formatted, partitioned and designated as boot drive.
-Loaded Seagate HD Manuf. disk, designated as additional storage.
-restarted with XP Pro Manuf disk (SP2).
-Pressed F6 to load drivers for PCI SATA HC
-loaded all ASUS drivers from MOBO disk. (nvidia nforce2 drivers, etc)..
-Loaded SIIG Serial Host Controller driver from floppy disk, Sil3112 link drivers (non raid)
-XP Stopped installation after drivers loaded, XP said HDDs were not recognized. They do show up in the second page of the BIOS... so how can I get XP to see them?
-Restarted. Tried again.
-After several attempts and cluelessly messing with the BIOS, I
finally got it to load XP to almost to the setup... but when it says "restart and setup will resume"...
-I restarted-
-Got through though Bios, screen flashes Windows XP logo, gives me a fatal error..."Page in Non Page Area"???

Some questions...(sorry)
1. In Bios, what are correct settings for IDE drives? Currently the only way to get the BIOS to go through is setting all four to auto
2. Is there a separate BIOS for SATA? If so, how do I access?
3. I have read conflicting information on SATA drives, some posts say that they do not have jumper settings, and some do. Which is correct?
4. Do I need to mess with the jumper settings on the actual MOBO, or are those just for raid?
5. I do not have BIOS cache or shadowing enabled.. I have parallel port disabled as this incorrect?
6. I have another computer with the exact same mobo...working fabulous.. (ATA drives, though)... it has BIOS 1010, which I tried to load, but I've tried 3 different floppies, and it can't "find the selected path" when I type it in..(A:/1010.BIN)-am I supposed to rename the file before saving to disk?
7. I read on another forum that some BIOS have a setting to override IDE drives... I don't see this on mine....

Any and all suggestions/solutions would be enormously appreciated, sorry for
all the info and the ignorance(just trying to cut down on numerous

  ATKINSON 02:21 09 Oct 2006

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  daxian 10:29 09 Oct 2006

hi kristen....
it seems to me that you are over complicating the situation.
the asus a7n8x already has sata connectors ,why put in a pci sata host controller adapter?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:31 09 Oct 2006

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. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. 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.

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.

  kristin 05:14 14 Oct 2006

Thank you for all of your responses!

You're a GOD.

That was exactly what I needed!!!!!!!!!!

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