First time poster so take it easy! :P
I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 x86 onto a 160GB and the BIOS has no AHCI settings that I can find.
Motherboard = MSI 945PL NEO
Processor = Pentium 4 3.40 GHz
RAM = 2x 2GB DDR2
HDD = ST3160811AS – Seagate 160GB
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 has been installed on that hard-drive previously; in fact, the Windows installation is still present. *This has since been removed and a new NTFS partition written using G-Parted
However, as I have changed the motherboard / processor / RAM = Windows won't load.
I get to the screen saying "Install Now" and when I click on that, I get the following screen: http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/281...0730004840.jpg
The weird thing is, when I click on "Browse" I can actually view the 160GB hard drive and all the files.
The same situation when I try to run a start-up repair – I can view all the files and system restore points etc
I've tried downloading the ICH7 drivers from the Intel site as well as the motherboard drivers from the MSI site = no luck. The Windows installation will load the drivers but keep stating there are no drives to show.
I've tried plugging the HDD into different SATA ports on the motherboard = no go.
Any ideas on how I can get Windows to detect the drive?
Also, here are the relevant settings from the BIOS:
Under 'Integrated Peripherals'
-> Sata Devices Configuration
-> ATA/IDE Configuration = Compatible
-> Legacy IDE Channels = PATA Pri, SATA Sec
The other options under 'Legacy IDE Channels' are:
-> Sata Only
-> PATA Pri, SATA Sec
-> SATA Pri, PATA Sec
-> PATA Only
I have even tried plugging in a 2-port SATA RAID card and connecting the HDD up to that, but same issue. Even when i provide the correct drivers on a USB stick.
I'm completely stuck here. Any ideas anyone?