Problem Installation - Windows XP 64-bit on Dell XPS 720
Posted on 2010-11-09
Okay. The situation is this:
Refurbished Dell XPS 720 that is now being handed down from one of the scientists to the technicians in his lab. It has 8 gigs of RAM in it and was sporting Windows 7. There were, however, issues that were unresolved with the Windows 7 installation that were either related to hardware compatibility or something else that the scientist who had it prior had installed had made the system unstable.
So, I did what one would normally do. I typed in the Service Tag, found my drivers and got them ahead of time. It turns out it was a good thing to do because we ran into BSOD issues when trying to install XP. It was a STOP code ending in 7B. I found, thanks to Google, issues regarding SATA drivers that needed to be loaded ahead of time. I got said drivers from the Dell website listed for Windows XP 64-bit and placed them on the root directory of a floppy disk.
I, as instructed, hit F6 to install RAID/SCSI drivers. I selected said drivers and everything seems to be fine. The install gets going then it asks for the drivers yet again except this time the warning says:
"Insert the disk labeled: NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) into Drive A: "
This is AFTER I've already selected the drivers its asking for prior to that. It won't let me do anything other than Quit the setup process at this point.
Any ideas as to what's going on here? I'm at a loss.