ASUS K8V-SE Deluxe & SATA HDD winXP install

  Audio~~Chip 12:51 01 May 2009

HELP please,
Windows crashed bad, according to MS Kb article its was a damaged registry hive, and R recovery would not work, I was unable to gain access to to try chkdsk R or P option, it reported no HDD found.

I ran the Seagate HDD utility and it passed the full diagnostic test so I thought, ok I will reinstall XP.

Press F6 to load the SATA driver downloaded from Asus for this motherboard and still when I get to install XP it is unable to detect the HDD.

Their are 4 SATA connectors on the motherboard, I did unplug the SATA cable but forgot which one I took it off. Their is SATA 1 & SATA 2 and SATA Prim & SATA Sec connectors.

I only have 1 HDD and do not use RAID, it needs the SATA HDD because its a AMD Athlon XP3400 unlike Intel I have found WinXP installs no problem but AMD CPU's need to have the SATA F6 Driver/s loaded.

I managed 3 years ago and carn't do it not. The other think that happened was the PSU failed prior to this happening so help please, would like to be functional again for the weekend.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:33 01 May 2009

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.

  Audio~~Chip 20:44 01 May 2009

Just got in from work, will read you very detailed notes and instruction.

Will post back, after getting tucked in to the above.

The first problem started with the PSU failing, I I just wondered if the motherboard has developed a fault but will try all above first

Best Regards

  Audio~~Chip 11:35 02 May 2009

Reading the first paragraph re Master & Slave; I understand what you say but their are 4 SATA connectors on this motherboard named: SATA 1, SATA 2 & Primary, Secondary I think the motherboard had 2 seperate controllers as their are 2 SATA driver optional downloads from Asus for this board.

It has a Promise FastTrack and a VIA 823* controller. I will try it with SATA cable connected to SATA 1 connector. I am home all day today so if you happen to be arround I can keep on top.


  Audio~~Chip 11:40 02 May 2009

When I did it 3 years ago I downloaded the relevent ASUS SATA driver zip, extracted to folder and ran the Make Disk tool this which then created was suppose to be a SATA F6 driver/s it does contain once done not just XP but the older Windows drivers also, Txt.oem etc which is also a important inclusion.

  Audio~~Chip 20:56 02 May 2009

... it seems I can actually install the SATA Driver when hitting the F6 on XP Home install, but when it geto to going to the stage where it asks install XP then press F8 it comes up not drives found just before so I do not get any option to format, install xp only hit F3 key for restart to exit.

Puzzled, I am, i am going to try installing xp on a IDE ATA HDD to see if that will work, but it must be SATA in the end.

  Audio~~Chip 11:29 03 May 2009

and all when going into the set-up windows stops with no HDD found. Will try another SATA HDD then try a IDE ATA HDD.

  Audio~~Chip 11:57 03 May 2009

but I do thank Fruit Bat /\0/\ for his detailed help. I will clost this post and start a new one as the problem is slightly different and this post doesnt explain it very well (my Fault)

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