Recently I have replaced my MB K8T800A with Soltek SL-K8AV2-RL, the processor is AMD Athlon 64 3200+, I have two DIMM(s) of memory 2x512=1Gb total of 4200 DDRAM memory, and I have two hard disks: (1)Baracuda 80Gb 7200rpm, and (2)Maxtor 80Gb 7200rpm, they are both with SATA interfaces, and they have two partitions each = 4 four partitions total. The problem occurs when I'm trying to reinstall Windows XP SP2, because the instalation program does not recognize any of the hard discs attached. Something like this appears on the blue screen: -"You have NO hard disc(s) attached to the system...". I already have an older version of Windows XP SP1 installed and it is functioning, but I face some rather silly problems with this windows. Namely, some of the old already installed programs are functioning, but some are not functioning at all ("please reinstall the program..." message appears). When I try to install a new program(s) some of them are accepted, but others are not. Please try to help me with this problem. How can I install new windows and format the discs in the process? Thanks in front.
You must go to the motherboard manufacturers website (or it may possibly be on the CD that came with the board), and get the SATA drivers for windows to create a diskette (yes, a 3.5" floppy disk). When you first enter the windows setup screen at the bottom a message appears about hitting F6 to load 3rd party drivers, you have to do this. After a while a screen will show up and ask you for the drivers. Put in the floppy and hit S, then it should come up with a list of drivers allowing you to select the right one. Windows XP will ONLY look on the "A" drive for these drivers. Hope this helps
I had the same problem with this motherboard, and i am happy to say it has now been resolved.
Normally you can "make disk" for the sata controller, using the drivers from the manufacturers CD. You can even boot from the manufacturers CD's now to make a disk in a cmd prompt(with newer motherboards), or you can navigate to the /drivers/sata and copy&paste to floppy disk, which is what i have done before and what i had tried for this motherboard. However, after hitting F6 and selectecting the Sil32/silicon image sata controller, it then failed to detect the hard drive (maxtor sata). After hours of trial and error, i went to device manager and went to "properties" of the SATA/RAID controller. For this particular board its a VIA controller.
I copy and pasted the driver number and "VIA RAID CONTROLLER" and stuck it all in to google, and found a website that actually has this driver - www.driverguide.com although i am sure with a bit of digging you might be able to get the driver somewhere else. You can sign up for free at driver guide and download the driver. Extract it to your A:/ (make sure you have formatted your floppy disk first of all) and there you have it! Use this new Floppy after pressing F6, and select SATA/RAID for XP when prompted. It will then be able to find your hard drive, and enable you to carry on with your install of windows.
I hope this helps.
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