During XP CD setup boot, screen blank, can't see F6 prompt

This is very strange: When booting from CDs, the screen stays blank an extra long time.

I'm trying to do a "repair" install on XP and after inserting the CD and starting up, the screen stays blank all the way through the initial setup screens where you have to press F6 to load SATA controller drivers. I don't see an image on screen until it settles out and the "Windows XP Professional Setup" screen comes up. At that point, it's too late. If I press Enter to start setup, it can't see my hard drive because it's passed the F6 option already.

I've connected it to an external monitor and get the same result.
RickNCNAsked:
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
You could try integrating the AHCI/SATA drivers right into the CD with nLite: http://www.nliteos.com/.  That way it will see the hard drive when you get to the setup screen that finally comes up.
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TAWpowerCommented:
I have seen this with two cases

1. dirty or scratched disks.
2. Memory virus.

Hope that helps...
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elchingon2002Commented:
It's possible that your BIOS is old and just not allowing the F6 option to work.  I suggest updating your motherboard's bios first,  then try installing XP using the F6 option to install custom controller drivers.  
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
aleinss: do you happen to know if nlite will work from Win7: Can I run nlite from win7 and use it to  modify an XP cd and then save and burn that new updated cd? (or does nlite need to be run from an XP installation for system files, etc)

TAWpower: hmmmmm. ok. I'll consider that.

elchingon2002: I think you may be on the right track to solving the actual problem. I may try that before trying nlite.


Just to be clear, what I get is:

Power on
ThinkPad BIOS splash screen comes up
blank screen
flashing cursor
"Press any key to boot from CDROM"
{I press a key}
blank screen again for maybe a minute or so while CDROM is spinning/reading
the next screen I see is the blue "Windows XP Professional Setup" screen with options to install Windows [ENTER], Repair Windows [R] or quit [F3]
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
Yes, nlite works from Windows 7.
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
aleinss: When selecting the drivers to integrate, I pointed nlite to a folder where I downloaded and extracted the drivers from Lenovo. Nlite displays to me all of the different drivers that are available (the same list you choose from from the F6 prompt in Windows Setup). I'm not 100% sure which driver will be the right one. Do I integrate them all or do I need to figure out for sure which is the right one first?
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
You can integrate them all: it won't hurt anything.
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
aleinss: Ok. Well, I selected them all, started building the image then nlite crashed and closed. I'm going to give the bios route a try.
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
I have another Lenovo Thinkpad here that was purchased around the same time and is very similar- it's an R500. I tried booting from the XP CD and it did essentially the same thing - a blank screen during the setup boot process, but then something went haywire and I got a BSOD 0x7b error.

I'm trying to use an XP Pro SP3 OEM CD that is not an original IBM/Lenovo CD. Is that screwing me up here?
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mccrackyCommented:
Some disks are keyed to the manufacturer.  That might be your problem.
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
Ok, . I tried a different XP setup cd and it worked as expected. The Cd I was using apparently was already an automated type setup cd and it was trying to blow past all that stuff. My bad.
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TAWpowerCommented:
0x7b is an iinaccessible boot device. You may have known that. This seems to be a driver/disk issue. If that OEM disk came with SP3 I am certain it has the SATA driver on it. If it was slipstreamed, maybe not. Either way, using the disk will likely bring issues at some point in the operation. You will need to get a proper CD.
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RickNCNAuthor Commented:
I sort of answered my own question, but everyone helped me get there and all put in excellent suggestions. Points spread around...
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