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Windows 7: Tri-boot help.

13 Mar 2013   #1

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
Tri-boot help.

Hello all. Figured this would be the most appropriate place for this so here it goes.

I need to tri-boot my system between XP, 7 and Ubuntu (all x64). But I am having some difficulties chasing down the required XP drivers. So, if anyone could help me find the proper drivers I would really appreciate it. XP Professional SP2 x64 is what I'm after. My system is the AS5738PG-6306. I already checked Acer's site, they don't have any of the x64 drivers only x86 (but if they have those then the x64 counterparts surely must exist somewhere).

I know it's the SATA controller I need to even be able to install it on here I just don't know which of them I need or how to determine that off of the hardware. I can chase down the rest after the install, I'm sure "Updates" will fetch most of them for me.

Also, while I mentioned it, if anyone can tell me how to save a backup of the updates and drivers after I've done the install I would also really appreciate that. I don't want to lose them after April 2014.

P.S. I know the proper install order is XP, 7 and then Ubuntu while partitioning as I go, so no worries on that part. The MBR's will be intact and without any third-party software that way - hurray.
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13 Mar 2013   #2

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So your question is not about triple boot. Your question is about finding 64bits winxp drivers(?) You can find them yourself using google (but not all are available!!). 64 bits was not very common when winxp came out. Why still install winxp? Why not simple install winxp x86?
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13 Mar 2013   #3

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You know how to add sata driver during install of winxp? What sata driver do you want (give me the sata controller chipset)?
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13 Mar 2013   #4

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Imaging would probably be the easiest way to get the OS's backed up once they are installed completely. Not sure about going forward if you use the OS with another hardware configuration. XP should grab most of the stuff, but I am feeling like you might be in for an uphill battle for something that's not that worthwhile... why do you need xp64? specific software to run? or something of that nature?

good luck...
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13 Mar 2013   #5

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Yes, basically 7 isn't meeting every need I have so XP is a must for me (nothing against 7). I don't see there being any problem with it. 7 is still going to be the OS with all of the drivers for all of my system's extras (mic, cam, touch-screen, card reader etc), so it will still be my primary. XP is just for those things that 7 doesn't like much (I find many of my older games fall into this category and I'm not ready to give them up). Ubuntu is just for me to play with and learn, as well as I suppose a fail-safe for when the Windows installs get unstable and they all do eventually, so I'd rather have that than find myself yet again at absolute 0 and frantically getting the system back up how it was and etc. These three between them will be better for me, personally. That's all.

I am going to disable the internet completely on the XP partition so it doesn't matter to me about the support/gates of hell opening up to it after April 2014. I won't need it.

And I need the x64 because that is what I have. And I want my full 4GB RAM, which x86 doesn't support.


Anyway, what I see is:

IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
Intel(R) ICH9M/M-E Family 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller - 2929


I assume this is the one I need the driver for, to load during the XP install (this is the one allocated by the commercial 7 [lost my OEM 7] so perhaps it's not actually what I have)? I obviously don't have a floppy so I hope it can be done off of a disk lol.

Any others I need to load during the install/for it to be stable before I get the rest post-install?
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13 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I know I'm being a little bit of a jerk now and am sure to get hollered at but........... nothing can be done with it now. Anyway, wouldn't this have been better posted in like.....the Drivers section? Or installation & set up? Or even software? Or better yet xpforums? Windows XP Forums
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13 Mar 2013   #7

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Think I found the XP x64 driver for that here. Any way to tell if it's trustworthy before the fact? Intel pulled the drivers for this completely so third-party it is going to have to be... *cringe*

So if I follow this, it should work out?


indianacarnie. I trust you guys here and rather than be chewed out hundreds of times over (I'm sure) for posting about XP in the general 7 forums, I figured this would be the most appropriate placement. My full and sincere apologies if I was mistaken.

Besides that, I am sure I'll need a bit more help along the way in this process. Hence the other reason for posting about it. This is my first time doing anything like this so... I'll go elsewhere if absolutely necessary but I'd rather not.

Again, I have nothing against 7. But no OS is perfect and for me, I still have need of XP. I have 465GB on this primary drive here so it's no skin off of my back to boot both and Ubuntu also. I don't have a problem with it and I don't see why anyone else should take issue with this either. It's a "PC" because we all have different needs and wants, is it not? Otherwise I'd have bought a fudging "one fits all" MAC.

And yes, I did try XP Forums first. All I got there was the driver listing I already know exists for x86. Not going to help me whatsoever.
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13 Mar 2013   #8

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This has the neede winxp x64 bits driver Drivers Informer: Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller download
That's the only one needed during install
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13 Mar 2013   #9

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13 Mar 2013   #10
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I would do that completely differently anyhow. I would install XP in VMware Player virtual partition. Then you don't have any of those problems. And you can run XP side by side with Windows 7 (or Ubuntu if you choose that as the host system).
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