I was wondering if anyone has installed a newer drive (ata100) into an Armada M700 and running windows xp home? My particular question is what driver is installed for the ide ata/atapi controllers? If you have an ata (ide/eide) drive does it use the sata ahci controller driver? This is found under device manager.
I am running a Armada M700 with a Hitachi HTS541060G9AT00 60GB Hard Drive - Ultra ATA-100, 5400 RPM, 8MB. The driver that is loaded in mine is on both primary and secondary is atapi.sys. This driver is also installed on the Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller, along with intelide.sys. The main difference is I am running Window XP Pro SP2. But I believe that they should use the same driver.
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You will need to install NDIS in linux after the install to use the windows drivers for your wireless card if you have one. Sometimes older wireless cards will work but most of the time you need the NDIS to use the windows disk that comes with your wireless device(if you are using one) Your hard wired ethernet port should be detected automatically as well as all your other drivers(since the machine is old) Good luck..if you need any more help I will be around. No other compatibility issues exist, and it will run a lot faster than XP. I would suggest 512MB of Ram but 256 will handle it fine.
I would stay away from fujitsu hard drives. They are complete trash. I would stick with either Seagate Western Digital or IBM. I have the hitachi that came with the machine and although it is slow it still works after over 10 years. I would like to know more about your situation if you need help installing it tell me what it is doing.
Here at my shop I have run into this exact same problem on several P3 Compaq's and a few Toshiba's. I found that some of these machines, not all, but some, will not accept the 5400RPM drive, but will take the 4200RPM drive just fine. It's just weird because some that do are the exact same model, and I'm not real sure why it won't accept them. I've looked into it and the best that I can surmise is that 5400 is too fast for the reading system in the bios, or it's a power issue. Go with a 4200RPM drive and you shouldn't have any problem. You won't be able to tell any difference in the machine's performance between the two RPM speeds.
Let me guess...it comes up as an unknown pcmcia controller. I have 4 pcmcia cardbus cards and the only one that my armada M700 recognizes is a twinmos B. All others come up as unknown pcmcia controller.