I want to install xp on the slave HD but i cant...
I would like to know my motherboard's manufacturer to flash BIOS to a newer version, because after the XP installation finishes the computer always says "error loading operative system" and i believe thats BIOS is the problem. The old 20 Gigabyte Hard Drive had windows millenium (cant boot from it, it says NTLDR is missing and i have no diskettes), then i bought XP and i installed it on the slave Hard Drive (boot from cd). BIOS version may not be able to suport the new hard drive because it have 80 Gigabytes, so i think the solution is to flash BIOS to a newer version, but for that i have to know my motherboard manufacturer. The only thing i saw on the motherboard was CA61 rev.B1. Is this the manufacturer? How can i find it?? Is there another solution? (remember that i cant acess to computer, no bootable source)
PS: In this moment that computer remains useless and i need it working, this is my last hope or i have to pay to have it back.
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Re: I want to install xp on the slave HD but i cant...
This is what you going to do.
first, take both drive out of the machine, change the pins. make the WinXPHHD to be the master. WinMEas an secondary drive.
Reinstall the WinXP. reboot the machine, you should be at WinXP. and should be able to access the WinME hard drive.
don't need BIOS Flash or any fancy manuaval
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I'm sorry to say buddy but I checked ... Then checked some more, and I can't see anything about your motherboard supporting SATA-II. If you look about you should find a jumper setting on your HDD to limit it to SATA-I, which is about half the speed of sata-ii but I'm almost promising it will work.
Let me know if this solves it, If not I can find the jumper settings for you, But seeing as though you just bought it you should have a manual.
If the Bios does not see the disk, the operating system will not see the disk, nor will the install -even if you do an f6 to load drivers. It is most likely a problem between the motherboard not recognising the SATA-II interface. So no real solution I'm afraid. I suggest you install a SATA-II interface card which the BIOS will see, and add the card driver at f6 to install XP.
go to the manufacturers website and see what bios updates there are ? If any relate to recognizing hard drive capacity then it will be worth while installing the update onto the motherboard.
If not then check your motherboard for enabling LBA and if you read the manual it should explain what each option is for.
Also might be worth while slip streaming your xp installation disc with the sata drivers for your motherboard ( the sata drivers you can get from your motherboard manufacturers website, download and extract them and then use nlite to combine the sata drivers with the xp disc and re burn the xp disc ensuring to make it bootable )
Here is what you should do, go to a computer store and buy a 40G HD. Try installing on that. It could be the size, but most likly not. Im going to guess and say take a look at the bottom of your reinstall disk. If it has any scratches, there is your problem. NTLDR is your boot sector on you HD.
You should not use line select on any of the drives at this point. Set the jumpers on the components to one master and one slave on each channel. Personally I would put one HD and one optical drive on each channel and make the optical drives the slaves but that's not required. Win98 uses a different file system than XP (FAT32 compared to the newer NTFS) but you can still use the drive. I would copy all the files you want to save and then reformat it using NTFS for better performance.
Boot into XP, both HD should show up when the jumpers are set correctly. If they still do not show up go into your BIOS and double check that all master/slave designations match what you have set the jumpers to.
Try to download a widows XP based driver for your Promise Controller from the manufacturer's website and install it.
This is really necessary.
If it does not solve the problem, you reinstall windows XP.
When XP begins installtion it flashes a message like this:
"Press F2 to install a third party driver......"
Press F2 and insert the Promise controller driver in a floppy.
This way it will work. (I hope so..)
Note: Do not remove floppy untill Windows finishes installation