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Alienware m5700i-R2 Raid Driver

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I have an Alienware m5700i-r2 series laptop (don't hate me for wasting my money, sympathize haha) and I've recently lost the Vista Disc that was supplied with the PC.  I, however, would prefer to put XP on this system anyways but I have had absolutely no luck identifying the RAID driver for the laptop's hard disc.

I've tried to identify the motherboard but there's seemingly no part number or model number anywhere to be found.  I've tried Alienware's website, of course, to simply find the driver like you would on any computer maker's website...but naturally Alienware is the only company that does a great job of not ever having the drivers you need for their models.  Such a terrible terrible company.

If there's any chance someone can help me identify the RAID driver I'd be quite grateful.  If more info is needed, I'll gladly give it.

Thanks!
bill
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Dear Sir,
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Many users with such systems have problems, when they try to install Windows XP (32/64 bit) or Windows Server 2003 (32/64 bit), because the Setup of these Operating Systems will not automaticly detect the hdd's, which are connected to the VIA RAID ports of the mainboard.
Furthermore the traditional F6/floppy method often fails due to bad floppy media or the lack of a floppy drive.

The easiest and safest solution is the integration of the VIA Controller drivers into a bootable 32/64bit XP or W2k3 CD by using a tool like nLite.

The driver that you're looking for to download "m5700 VIA RAID Drivers". Please be sure to read the manufacturer's manual before installing any drivers to ensure proper installation.

nLite:

http://nlite.tcshosting.net/nlite/nLite-1.4.9.1.installer.exe
 

m5700 VIA RAID Drivers:

http://aliendl.alienware.com/mobile/m5700/m5700_RAID_TOOL_5.1.2600.430.zip

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thanks so much Ahmed, it worked brilliantly.  Now the next step, and of course I didn't think about it until just as I was starting the install, is finding all the correct drivers for the laptop in Windows XP.   haha.  This could be just as difficult! :)
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Hello,
I'm glad that it worked for you sincitypc, for the next step which is the correct drivers, the following link contains (All for Windows XP):
  • M5700 Audio Driver
  • M5700 Chipset Driver
  • M5700 Modem Driver
  • M5700 Network Adapter (GigaLAN) Driver
  • M5700 Touchpad Driver
  • M5700 CyberLink's PowerCinema setup utility
  • Area-51 m5700 user's manual
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thanks again Ahmed.  You've been a great big help!
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I'm glad you figured it out Bob, pleasure is all mine ...
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Was that the accepted solution ?
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Dear Bill,
Please accept my solution if it helped you to solve your problem.
Thank You
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Dear Rindi,
I've answered the author's question and I was thinking that it was actually accepted as a solution but the author seemed to forget to award the points.
According to the comment added on 05/18/09 from author sincitypc "thanks again Ahmed.  You've been a great big help!"
I think that the solution helped him to solve the problem, but he didn't award the points to the question yet.
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