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Windows 7: Finding SATA driver for Win XP dual boot - Intel 5 series/3400 chipset

27 Jan 2012   #1
smoo

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Finding SATA driver for Win XP dual boot - Intel 5 series/3400 chipset

I'm trying to install Windows XP SP3 as a dual boot on my Windows 7 laptop (Asus U33JC).

I'm following this tutorial:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

The computer has a SATA hard drive (not supported by XP), so I need to create a Win XP setup disk with the correct drivers "slipstreamed". To do that I am following this:

SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

I'm having no problems with the technical aspects, but I'm finding it impossible to find and identify the correct SATA driver. The chipset is an Intel 5 Series / 3400.

You'd think this would be trivial but I've spent hours on it! All I can find on the Intel or Asus websites are automatic utilities to identify and install drivers on systems with operating systems already installed, not the drivers themselves or any information about them. I did download one of those exe files and used 7-Zip to extract all of the drivers, but there is no way to figure out which is the correct one to use for XP and for that particular chipset. I thought I'd figured it out by a process of elimination by searching the .inf files, but it didn't work so I must have got the wrong driver. Googling just brings up hoards of fake driver download sites that link to what I presume are malware installations ("drivermax", "driveridentifier" etc).

I find it completely incredible that it is so difficult to obtain the driver or even information about what the correct one is!


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27 Jan 2012   #2
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
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27 Jan 2012   #3
smoo

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Quote:
First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.
Yes, as I said, I did that and it is impossible to find. There are only automatic programs that assume you have the correct OS already installed.
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27 Jan 2012   #4
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

I have noticed the same thing.
My friend got a new laptop (for his job) and although we downloaded the driver from the manufacturer's website, we couldn't successfully install the driver.
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27 Jan 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Once you have the chipset model, you'll need to google for the XP driver. It takes some digging.

Even then we are moving further away from XP being a viable OS on modern hardware. Working in the XP Dual Boot thread here which has over a million views and thousands of comments, you feel XP slipping away a little bit more each day.

What's becoming a more popular stand-in is Virtual Mode freeware like XP Mode, VMWare, Virtual Player, Virtual Box. Almost all of these are easier and run better than XP now.
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27 Jan 2012   #6
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

These are the latest for the Intel 5 Series.
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...ipset&lang=eng
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28 Jan 2012   #7
smoo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post
These are the latest for the Intel 5 Series.
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...ipset&lang=eng
Many thanks, those are the ones! I'd never have found them myself because of the RAID rather than SATA description.

However, I now have another problem...

I slipstreamed the SATA driver into a Win XP installation CD, and this time, rather than the XP installation not being able to find the hard drive, it came up with a blue screen error message "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" (etc, etc). It suggests unistalling newly installed drivers, performing CHKDSK /F and rebooting... I did the latter with no success.

The odd thing is that I now get this error message every time, even when trying to install from the original XP CD (without the slipstreamed SATA driver).

So it seems that the SATA driver not only causes XP to crash, but that it is still installed somewhere (in the Win 7 hidden partition maybe??).

Thing is, I have now found out that I could have avoided this issue all together by changing the hard disk to IDE mode in the BIOS, then I wouldn't have needed the SATA driver.

How do I revert, i.e.reverse whatever happened when the slipstreamed CD installed the SATA driver?
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28 Jan 2012   #8
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by snoo View Post
Thing is, I have now found out that I could have avoided this issue all together by changing the hard disk to IDE mode in the BIOS, then I wouldn't have needed the SATA driver.
If you do, Windows 7 may not boot after.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smoo View Post
Many thanks, those are the ones! I'd never have found them myself because of the RAID rather than SATA description.
Intel SATA controoller drivers are linked in the thread.

SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smoo View Post
The odd thing is that I now get this error message every time, even when trying to install from the original XP CD (without the slipstreamed SATA driver).
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Take a look at step 11.(option Multple Drivers)



Choose both setup inf files.

Choose all drivers.

Choose all sata controllers.



Attachment 149858



Attachment 149859
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28 Jan 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Agree you've likely not gotten the correct SATA controller drivers slipstreamed yet.

We did not suggest trying XP install in IDE mode because it would not be the same mode as Win7.

However if slipstreaming drivers doesn't work out you can try IDE Mode, then if Win7 won't boot change it from AHCI to IDE mode this way: Solved Switch AHCI TO IDE (Tutorial HowTo) !!! - Vista Forums
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28 Jan 2012   #10
smoo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks both. I slipstreamed all of the drivers (previously I just had one), but it's still not working. Same blue screen error after the XP installation loads all of the drivers.

IDE mode doesn't work either. Same thing. Actually I'd been toggling that back and forward in the BIOS anyway (obviously I wouldn't boot Win 7 without setting it back to SATA beforehand). As it is I would need to go into the BIOS every time I booted a different OS anyway, as the laptop has a graphics card with a fancy dual mode that isn't supported in XP, but you can toggle it to a standard mode in the BIOS.

I'm beginning to wonder if this is more hassle than it's worth. What I'm most annoyed about is that I bought a copy of XP assuming there would be no problems setting up a dual boot (why should there have been if the software was designed and supported properly?). Effing Microsoft!
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