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Sata CDROM Fresh XP Install Issue.

I have a GA p35-dq6 with sata cdrom and sata hdd's. This is a first fresh install of XP SP2. Assumed that the bios would not recognize any of the sata devices until drivers are loaded. Purchased USB floppy but am not sure of the exact steps to get around problem. Have alternate system to use but do not want to create bootable cdrom as my other system does not have NERO or similar software.
Thanks in advance.
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excitable
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Crash2100Commented:
The BIOS doesn't recognize your SATA drives?

For the windows installation, try getting a floppy disk with your SATA drivers on it, boot from your Windows XP CD, and when the setup first starts it says "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.... "  Press F6, and see if it can get the drivers through your USB floppy.
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PUNKYCommented:
Your system board might not need to load sata controller driver during OS installation, window XP pro sp2 will pick up the drive just fine. If not, follow what Crash2100 said above.
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nobusCommented:
i believe you do not need to load the sata drivers from floppy, just connect the drives to SATA110,111
and set your CD rom as boot device in the advanced section of the bios  pg 43 of manual
connect drives as per pg 29 - sata mode pg 45
manual :  http://europe.giga-byte.com/FileList/Manual/motherboard_manual_ga-p35-dq6_e.pdf
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excitableAuthor Commented:
In the Appendix "Configuring SATA Hard Drives" it goes through the process of creating a floppy with the SATA drivers and pressing F6 during install to load 3rd party drivers. I am probably incorrect but wouldn't this imply that the SATA/CDROM drivers would not be present at the time of install also?

Sorry first build jitters.
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Crash2100Commented:
The drivers are for the controller card the SATA drives are connected to, not the actual drive itself.
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nobusCommented:
>>   I am probably incorrect    <<  not at all - do as advised there. it just seems odd for a board like that you still need to load the drivers from floppy.
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nobusCommented:
and i would use a normal floppy, not a usb one; you must be able to access a usb floppy before  drivers are loaded. you can try by enabling usb, and checking if it is capable
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