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SATA HARD DRIVE - XP INSTALLATION The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
You can get a Recovery CD for your model laptop from ASUS WEB site and the laptop's device drivers. You can download the device drivers from ASUS WEB site.Select your model motherboard/computer/laptop, and make sure you select driversthat matches your Windows operating system. Please click on this link to theirWEB support site : -http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
use Nlight research this software in the net and you will find the answer works on laptops too the process is called slipstreaming. the process of witch you integrate the sata driver to the xp intallation disk to provide the necessary driver you required first download the driver you need then use Nlight to integrate the driver to the xp installation disk of course you will need another writable disk to accomplish this. thank you