I am about to do a fresh install of Windows XP Pro w/new HD, I have found the Motherboard drivers to download to a 'floppy' and have a Microsoft approved floppy drive to be recognized when hitting F6 on the XP install.... However! The drivers are too large for the floppy drive. Granted, it has been years since I used a 3.5 1.44MB floppy, but how difficult can it be? What am I missing? How can I put the drivers on a floppy if they are too big?
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Re: Driver to Floppy? Won't Fit? Going Crazy...
Before you install drivers you must first install operating system to do this check BIOS is set to boot from cd then insert Operating system cd and reboot. When operating system installed then install motherboard drivers and any others that are needed
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XP can't be installed in SATA drives because it doesn't have a generic driver for them. Begin the install and during the procedure you will be asked to press F6 to install extra drivers - do just that with the driver that came on a floppy.
The Windows installation CD does not have a SATA driver. You need a SATA driver of a floppy disk or turn off SATA native driver in the BIOS.
Please click on this link and follow my instructions on how to Install Windows on a SATA hard drive :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive I suggest you install SP3 (service pack 3) rather than SP2, it contains the latest bug fixes. The SP3 cannot be installed from a floppy, it can be downloaded from Microsoft, it is a large file approx 300Mb, I suggest you install it from a CD if you can borrow one.
The problem is the driver for the sata hard drive. You would need to get that from the dell site and put it on a floppy disk, then at the start of the windows install select to install that driver. I ended up just installing the rc version of windows 7 and it worked out fine.
If it will only boot in safe mode it means you have a driver conflict. This is only a suggestion but try fresh reinstalling windows, with only basic xp drivers then install other drivers one at a time rebooting each time you do until you come across the faulty one. remove it or check its for xp not vista research net for correct one
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