0x8E setupdd.sys BSOD during XP downgrade install.  Vista DVD recognizes HDD and XP CD does not.

Posted on 2009-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am getting the 0x8e setupdd.sys BSOD when I try to install XP (SP2 CD) on a Gateway ML6720 that previously had Vista.  The BSOD happens after the disk selection screen in setup and in that screen it says, 'There is no disk in this drive.' (or something like that) and I cant delete or create partitions. I believe its a 2GHz CPU and the HDD is a 120GB SATA.  Hiren's Boot CD picks it up and I've even used DiskWipe on my ERD commander disk to wipe out any hidden Gateway useless partitions.  The Vista install DVD identifies the HDD and installs.  Is it possible that the SATA/RAID drivers for the HDD need to be loaded?  I'm being lazy and i'm on vacation so I don't want to goto work just for a USB floppy drive to load the drivers when I shouldn't have to.....XP SP2 setup disks were supposed to take care of that headache....right? :D

RAM has been swapped as well as the hard Q315335 is a joke in this case lol
Question by:onsemi
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    Accepted Solution

    You are completely correct.
    XP does not recognise SATA drives without a SATA driver.
    You load it using F6 when it asks you if you need to load any 3rd party drivers. However you will need a floppy to do it as XP setup doesn't recognise USB.

    The only other way I know around it is to change the mode of the sata drive. (to native I think)
    It should be an option in the BIOS
    Which makes the controller announce itself as an IDE (as such), BUT you then lose out on performance doing that (and you can't change the mode back even after XP is installed)

    As for your BSOD, try going into BIOS and turning off any SD or multi function card readers.
    Windows might mistakenly be seeing them as a disk drive.


    Author Comment

    *facepalm*   I was still thinking in terms of the "Dell world" as far as the SP2 disc.  Wow, I feel like an idiot now.  Dell put the iastor.sys etc on their install CD on bad, I had retail and OEM confused.  You do have a point about changing the SATA config......I think it's either compatibility mode or native then SATA is the other one.  Good call man, 250 pts to you and I get my self confidence as a tech knocked down a notch haha.  Thank you!

    P.S. Thx for the reminder about the card reader......don't need to have xp end up installed on E: or whatever

    Author Comment

    my fault man, im a n00b on this forum....if you see this post another reply and i'll accept and award the pts.
    LVL 15

    Assisted Solution

    No worries, been there done that myself.
    And the card reader "shouldn't" be detected before your hard drive, but I have seen cases of the card reader causing the 0x8E setupdd.sys BSOD.
    However better to be safe. :):)

    Author Closing Comment

    I've been there with card readers on the Dell desktops before.....where the 1st tech forgets to disable them and XP ends up on F: haha then it's either another install or try the registry trick on the assigned drive letter.  Much appreciated....thx!

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