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Hi experts,

i recently bought a Lenovo X201. When I install XP on it, i found it doesn't support AHCI, so i have to change the SATA in BIOS to "Compatibility".  I can install XP without problem after making such change.
But now according to the Lenovo site here:
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-74430

it states that i can change back to AHCI after install the driver.  I tried, but it simply doesn't work.  Anyone can give some clue?


thanks,
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by:Davis McCarn
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Your link is for the 64 bit versions.  Did you need, perchance, the 32 bit one?
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-74431
P.S. If you need more help, please post the machine type (i.e.3294-m5u)
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by:noxcho
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You need first to enable iastor (AHCI) in registry first: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
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by:jamietoner
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If it comes to it what I have done in the past
is used nlite to slipstream the driver onto an
 Xp cd then used it to boot to setup(with ahci enabled) and run a repair.
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by:aska1979
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Hi DavisMcCarn

The model is 3626-Q3B.
I followed the site you provided and downloaded the exe, but still couldn't get it work.

However, while the site mentioned there should be
¿Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller
¿Intel® 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller
¿Intel® ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E/5 Series SATA RAID Controller

I can only see the following on my laptop:
Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 3B2D
Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 3B2E
Primary IDE Controller
Primary IDE Controller
Secondary IDE Controller
Secondary IDE Controller

Perhaps i am missing something? Many Thanks
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by:aska1979
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Hi Noxcho,

After i ran the fix listed on the MS site, it prompted me that
"This Microsoft Fix it does not apply to your operating system or application version"

thanks
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by:aska1979
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Actually fix was not for your system. I was referring to manual fix instructions (editing registry). And you tried automatic one. The fix suggested in your link is almost the same in MS link - but editing registry.
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