Enable supprt for AHCI / SATA in a Windows XP image. (Ghost, RDeploy)

Posted on 2009-05-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hi all!

I have created a Windows XP image that is used as a "Hardware Independent Image", Master Image (Altiris Deployment Server with HIIS). The master image is created on a VM and the disk controller drivers that is used is standard ata drivers. When i distribute the image to a computer who has AHCI enabled in BIOS the OS will not boot. Is there a way to integrate both drivertypes so that there is no big deal if the AHCI is enabled or not?
Question by:Spiraliz68
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arnold earned 2000 total points
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You need to add the various drivers to the image.
nlite can be used to add drivers to the windows XP install disk.  I am not sufficiently familiar with the Altriris product you are using.
What you should be looking for is a way to add MB, and other drivers during the image deployment.
Can you do a bare metal deployment where drivers can be included on the fly?

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Hi Thanks for answer!

Yes i can include drivers on the fly, the HIIS (Hardware Independent Imaging System) module should take care of that, but for any reason HIIS dont manage to add the AHCI / SATA drivers to driver injection script. I hoped i could workaround the problem by adding the drivers directly to the image.

Is it possible to use nLite to add drivers to a allready installed WindowsXP on a computer?

I would like to avoid making a new master image;-)
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I do not think nlite was designed for that.
I am not sure whether the issue is that the boot.ini file is not pointing to the right location to boot the system.
If you go through the BIOS of the system, can you change the AHCI/SATA functionality settings to see whether such a change will boot the system?

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