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Can't install windows XP on my KN8 ultra

I can't install windows xp on this motherbord. Vista ultimate works perfect on it but xp will not install. I tray it with XP sp1, XP sp2, XP sp3, XP x64 but nothing.

My components are:

AMD athlon 64 2400
Abit KN8 ultra
ATI radeon x700 pro
IDE HDD 120GB ( ATA )
RAM 2.5 GB

please help thanks

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    NO, i`am using a IDE drive. the installation came blue screen in says

    windows setup





    setup is installing windows ( or something like taht )

    and that the end it stays there

  • ludiarmin Feb 11, 2009

    NO, i`am using a IDE drive. the installation came blue screen in says

    windows setup





    setup is installing windows ( or something like taht )

    and that the end it stays there

  • ludiarmin Feb 13, 2009

    I am using a IDE DRIVE

  • Jon White
    Jon White May 11, 2010

    How far do you get with the XP installation? Does it come back with a BSOD during install about "inaccessible boot device"?

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I believe you are using a sata drive not ide, correct? The problem is that vista has built in drivers to support your boards sata/raid controller, winxp does not. to work around this you need to go here -
http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/download/download_driver_detail.php?pFILE_TYPE=Driver&pMAIN_TYPE=Motherboard&pTITLE_ON_SCREEN=KN8+Ultra&pSOCKET_TYPE=Socket%20939
Abit website. for your board - socket 939. KN8 ultra file called NVRaid Installation disk. click on picture, it will download the zip file. extract the files to an empty folder (create one). Then run RFDgen.exe program. It will create the floppy you will need. I hope you have a floppy drive, if not try a usb one. If it has a problem creating the floppy, copy the files in the folder floppydisk to your floppy. there is a readme.txt file in that folder as well that should help explain which option you should select when you install windows. So... once you have the floppy start your computer up with xp disk in and as the screen turns blue, you will see at the bottom of the screen a message - press F6 to select additional drivers. Do just that, a couple of times to be sure. then it changes to press F2, just sit back and wait. eventually it will come to a screen asking if you want to specify additional drivers. press S and the next screen will show you the drivers it found on the floppy. select the one for your configuration (can be changed in the bios). and then windows will load fine. this is necessary for all new systems with sata/raid installing xp. take care.

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  • roninator Feb 12, 2009

    can you try the solution I suggested. The setup may still **** out trying to detect the sata/raid controller.

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