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Need SATA drivers for Aspire M5100

Am downgrading to XP, but the motherboard will not support SATA drives (this has a Hitachi 320GB) without SATA drivers.
Any idea where I can get them?

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    Art Ellison Jan 15, 2009

    Found the answer! The problem was that I was trying to install XP from an older XP Home CD. Once I tried the install from a CD with SP2 on it, it worked. Seems that whenXP first came out, there was no such thing as a SATA drive. There are no specific drivers for the Acer motherboard--the needed driver resides on the XP install disk (Prob. SP 1 or 2). Since I have an SP2 disk, I tried it and it is working.
    Thanks for your answer, though.

    bg

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Hi Byteguy, I believe I can help but I need more information, I believe you're looking for the SATA Controller driver, you probably won't find these from Acer. Does your computer have an Intel or ATI chipset? You'll likely find the driver from one of them.

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