There have been so many growses in almost evry forum about peeps not being able to install XP on a SATA drive. So what we do is slipstreap the setup with the SATA drivers using nlite.
So far so good, what amazed me the other day was...
Windows XP SP2 w/o the slipstreamed SATA drivers installed flawlessly on the Dell Inspiron 1705. There was no setting in the BIOS for the SATA disk, so the feature being disabled is ruled out.
The XP cd is a student version which did not install on my comp with a SATA disk.
Experts here enlighten me please.