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Install XP with Sata Drivers on Sony Vaio

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I have a laptop that had Vista on it and I want to install XP. When I try to install XP, it says it can't see a drive because it doesn't have SATA drivers on the disc. How do I make a disc with the sata drivers in the right folder or is there something else I can do?
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by:sarasotamac
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You need to download the sata drivers from Sony, them burn them to a cd. When going through the XP install, there will be a prompt at some point that says "press F5 (or some other F key) to install 3rd party drivers. Then you can browse to your cd and add the drivers (NOTE at this point you can take out the XP disc, use the driver disk, after replace the XP disk). Then continue the install and you should be good to go!
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by:Subhashish Laha
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If you have a floppy disk, you can copy the Sata driver on it and use F6 option while installing Windows XP to load Sata driver.

Otherwise, you should create ISO using Nlite. In nlite you can add sata drivers in Windows XP installation CD.

http://www.nliteos.com/guides.html
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by:Subhashish Laha
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@sarasotamac:

There is no F5 option. The option is F6 to load third party driver which will directly look for Floppy disk for loading Driver. It will not look or give option to select CDROM for loading driver.
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Ashok Dewan earned 375 total points
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If you do not have floppy drive then you need to embed that sata drivers in windows xp setup then make it bootable with nLite. To do that,  you need to download a utility called nlite.

http://www.nliteos.com/
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by:sarasotamac
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@subhashishlaha, That is why I said F5 or another F key.

Yes, subhashishlaha is correct on the floppy. I forgot XP will only look there. Been a long time since I installed XP :)
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by:Ashok Dewan
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Also check this  link, may it will guide you,
But before download this sata driver, compare your sony vaio model no.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGNNS190JW&upd_id=3748&os_id=7
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by:rpmccly
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neil40m - thats the link I have tried and wants to use and only use a floppy drive as described above.

I'll use the nlite and see how it goes. Where do I need to place the driver files from sony on the new image?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Depending on the age of your Vaio there may be a BIOS option to select AHCI ( IDE or Native mode) which will allow XP to install and add SATA drivers later but most of the newer VAIOs auto-detect the drive attached and select the most appropriate mode so if a SATA drive is attached you won't see the option for AHCI.
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by:rpmccly
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subhashishlaha - your link brought me a page that had a download link so I downloaded that which had spyware/spam installs...if you send a link in the future please ensure the direct link doesn't take the user to a download page for other programs. I was able to find the actual download on that website though.

I was able to get nlite to make a new image file and its working just fine.

Thanks for the help.
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