Dell Precision 690 XP Install
Posted on 2011-09-26
I have a dell precision 690
The machine came with two 7200rpm sata drives configured in Raid 0.
I have physically removed the two drives and have added a single 10k rpm sata drive (80GB WD Raptor).
I am trying to install windows xp 32-bit OS onto the new HD without using any raid configuration.
While the system was still up and running (with the raid 0 configuration), I downloaded and ran WS690A08.EXE which is the BIOS flash for this BIOS. It was the same version I already had and when I rebooted the BIOS looked just as it had previously.
I also downloaded
I went to Dell and downloaded R165652.EXE which is supposedly the HD Controller Driver that I need. Note that my Dell has an integrated LSI SAS 1068 Adapter. I extracted those files and placed them on a diskette.
I then booted to the LSI controller BIOS and deleted the array. If I reboot and enter the controller BIOS now there is no longer a "View existing array" menu item… which seems appropriate.
I then booted to the main system BIOS. I went to the Drives portion. Here is what the BIOS used to have in this section:
SAS controller = On
Diskette drive = USB
Drive 0: SATA-0 = Off
Drive 1: SATA-1 = Off
Drive 2: SATA-2 = Off
Drive 3: PATA-0 = On
Drive 4: PATA-1= On
SATA Operation = AHCI
I assumed that since I was going to be using the integrated controller I needed to leave "SAS controller" to "On" . I changed Drive 0: SATA-0 to "On" thinking that I would need to do that in order to use the SATA drive in a non-raid configuration. I left "SATA Operation" as "AHCI".
I rebooted and again entered the main BIOS. The system can see the HD – and it shows up in the Boot sequence list.
I then rebooted to CD with my xp pro cd in. I selected f6 to specify controller drivers. I put in the diskette that I created and selected the only driver there – " Dell SAS 5x and SAS 6x Controller Driver (Windows XP 32-Bit)"
I then created a new partition on the drive and formatted it NTFS and windows began to copy install files.
It next tells you to remove any disks and reboot. I removed my diskette and rebooted. But windows fails to load and continue the install. When it is first rebooting it shows my SAS controller going through POST – it finds my HD. Next the screen is cleared and I get what looks like a second HD controller POST routine. It says:
Serial ATA AHCI BIOS
No Device found
AHCI BIOS not installed
Drive 0 Not found
And the system automatically boots to the CD and begins the setup again… rather than booting to the HD. If you reboot and select boot options it shows the HD. If you select it you get a msg that reads: Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk…
I went back into the main BIOS and changed " Drive 0: SATA-0" Back to "Off" which is what it showed when the system was using a raid configuration.
The EXACT same thing happened. It didn't seem to make any difference at all. I still got to the windows install first reboot and the exact same thing happened. I could try setting the main BIOS " SATA Operation" to "SATA" rather than "AHCI" but I think that it is a lesser configuration and so I have not done that.
I am at a loss here…