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If you are trying to install Windows XP then - The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk 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 anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen 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.http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive
M/Boards support all makes of hard drive Are you sure you connected it correctly The wide ribbon cable that goes in the rear of hard drive should 1) Be connected to M/board in the No 1 connector with the stripe on cable to the No 1 pin 2) the stripe on cable should go next to the 4 pin power plug on hard drive Also ensure your BIOS is set to Auto detect of driives
Hi niket_shah, sorry but you're board Asus M2N-MX, does support Win XP SP2.
Chances are that while installing windows updates one or more updates failed. People like myself know from repairing PC's which updates need to be installed first. If you're Win XP SP2 did not or would not install than either the Win CD is not a valid Microsoft Win XP SP2 CD or (You have a copy) & there is something wrong with the CD. After a fresh (New install) of Win XP with SP2 there is more than 90+ updates for SP2 which must be downloaded through windows update program. Or you're windows will not function properly.
Just to show you what versions of windows the M2N-MX board does support. Click the link listed below. Once the link loads click the + sign next to Audio. Scroll down the page an notice the different Window version listed for you're board. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=M2N-MX&SLanguage=en-us
To recap this issue. The problem is either the WinCD or possibly you're hard drive. Make sure you allow windows to perform a full format before installing window. (Not a quick format).
I might guess two things: 1. the battery failed (and has been replaced), 2. the motherboard has both SATA and IDE sockets for hard disks and you are using IDE.
If the latter, (and the BIOS settings were lost when the battery went) the BIOS setting would default to SATA hard disks and produce the mesage in the POST screen of, 'The number of disks is not adequate to create a RAID array' and no keys will work in the POST screen except ESC.
Repeatedly press DELETE (on most computers) on start up, ignore the POST screen, and the BIOS settings screen will come up. Check the date and reset, then goto INTERGRATED PERIPHERALS and reset SATA to IDE, save and exit. This cured my problem.
kgprakash, Did you check your BIOS's Main Page to see if the board is reqognizing the drive correctly? If so did you change from Master setting to Cable Select or vice versa? Some drives don't like to play nice. Have you access to a differnt drive, just to see if XP finds it. If you have SATA or Raid capabilities on the board read the manual this messed me up for awhile (the Asus I use has 6 internal Sata ports and one IDE legacy connector). If you only have IDE, are you in the connector marked or known as IDE0? Just some thoughts.... Pcdok