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Windows 7: Dual boot Win 7 and XP (External HDD)

01 May 2011   #11


How do you know if none of the disks have the needed SATA drivers if you cannot boot them?

Try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

If you have no BIOS setting for SATA controller, the question arises if you have a SATA HD. But again when we go to look for your HD specs to google and see, there is no HD listed. You need to determine if you have an IDE HD already.

Theog is our expert on slipstreaming SATA drivers so he will likely have more if you can find out your mobo specs. Try Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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02 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 64-Bit


I reset the BIOS settings and decided to double check everything because now even i'm starting to disbelieve! I think I started getting confused with what settings I had.

I have the following SATA Operations: ACHI, ATA. Neither of these seem to do anything to help boot my disk.
It also says I have SATA Hard Drive: ST9500420AS - 500GB Internal SATA 1.

So, based upon the SATA Hard Drive I would presume they should be able to run other SATA drives.

Also, I think the disks do have the required SATA drivers, I was just confused as I thought they were the reason the setup disk was not starting properly.
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02 May 2011   #13

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A MS XP disk with SP3 has the intel Sata Controller drivers (not a slipstreamed SP3).

If you believe you are using the wrong drivers, try using the drivers from here:
Intel Sata Controller Drivers

on a floppy if you can.
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02 May 2011   #14

Windows 7 64-Bit


Yeah I tried the non slipstreamed SP3 first, then decided to make one with the drivers in to see if there was any difference. They all seemed to have the same result which is a crash upon initializing setup, and when installing XP on an external computer first, it would crash when loading windows.

Unfortunately I do not have an external floppy drive, I was considering buying a USB one just to see if it would help, but I still don't think the drivers would be the reason that the setup disk crashes upon loading?

I checked the intel website and it says I have the latest drivers for my hardware. I tried searching for the PM55 which turned up an installer (which I downloaded and ran), it apparently updated a few things but I can't notice any differences. There were the F6 BIOS ones, but this obviously means I need the USB floppy disk, so I was hoping for a nice work around which could get my setup disks working.
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