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I need help loading XP with SATA/ACHI

Posted on 2009-05-15
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I just installed a Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H motherboard in an old machine.  I enabled ACHI and then attempted to load windows using a XP Pro 32 bit CDROM I created using Nlite adding what I beleive are the drivers for the SATA/ACHI.  However when I start loading XP I get the message that it cannot find any hard drives.

The drivers that I loaded are were obtained by running a self extracting application I found on their web site, gsata32.  It extracted ACHI86.cat, ACHI86.inf and ACHI86.sys.  I suspect that I am missing something but not sure what.

What is the driver I am missing

Thanks for the help
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by:dbrunton
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Well you may have put the drivers in the wrong place or in the wrong configuration on the CD.

Various ways of installing onto SATA drives.

1  You place the board into legacy or PATA mode and install that way (You seem to have switched out of that mode).  Once installed you then install the SATA drivers and then switch the board back to SATA.

2  On install you press F6 to load the drivers required from a floppy disk.

3  You could install the DriverPack into your NLited CD.  This will give you a wide range of drivers to select from and quite possibly the ones you want are there and already configured for installation.
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by:slam69
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go into bios and look for sata setting should be compatibility or along thse lines. change this from ahci to compatibility and then try loading.

should ;load the sata drive as an ide
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by:c7c4c7
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if i install windows in other than Sata mode it seems like Ill just move when I have the problem , not fix it.

As far as installing the drivers in the wrong part of the CD creation, the gui seems to make it pretty bullet proof from people like me
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>> it seems like Ill just move when I have the problem , not fix it.

If it installs in other than SATA mode that's when you run the self extracting application.  All the drivers should then be easily available.  There may even be an install application to load them all for you.
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Good idea but drivers did not get loaded via application, everything else did LAN, Video, chipset etc. but not the drivers needed for using SATA/ACHI.

Turns out they have a way of extracting the drivers you need for this implementation hidden away on thier CD.  Once I figured that out I built another installation CD using Nlite and everyting went according to plan.

Thanks for the help
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