I'm trying to install a SATA PCI card and fresh XP copy, but this thing wont recognize the floppy to load the drivers. Any ideas? It's all plugged in correctly. I never use the floppy, so I dont know how long its been like this.
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Get the drivers from the motherboard homepage, extract the file at a floppy or USB, and start WinXP installation from your cd. At the begining at the bottom line is a message like "for ... drivers press F6 to install" Press F6 and after sometime the will prompt you to provide the drivers from the floppy. In the WinXP sp3 the generic SATA drivers are already on the installation cd. Stelios
Windows XP does not have the SATA driver on the install CD.
You need to download the SATA driver for your model laptop from the Toshiba WEB support/download page.
If the laptop has floppy drive, then copy the SATA driver to the floppy and when you boot up with the Windows XP install CD and then press F6 to install the SATA drivers which is on the floppy as instructed..
If it has a pci slot modem card then you would go to the modem card manufacturer's website to download the driver. You'll need to know the manufacturer & model # of your card to do this. Once on the website you will click the support link, lookup your card model #, & then download & install the proper drivers for the operating system you are running. Hope this helps.
It is on your os problem. Insert your OS installer. You don't have to install a fresh copy but you can repair your previous OS installation. Make sure you have set your boot sequence to CD, floppy and last HDD. You can now reinstall your drivers after doing that.
You need to add a controller card for SATA. These are not expensive. One you might consider is this:
Vantec UGT-ST200 Serial ATA PCI Host Card
It costs about $25, and is available many places, including Tiger Direct, Fry's Electronics, and others. Here is a link to one on the Fry's website. Shop around, you might even find it somewhere else cheaper:
If it will only boot in safe mode it means you have a driver conflict. This is only a suggestion but try fresh reinstalling windows, with only basic xp drivers then install other drivers one at a time rebooting each time you do until you come across the faulty one. remove it or check its for xp not vista research net for correct one