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    gw2kitty is offline Junior Member
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    Unhappy Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    Hi, just bought the Asrock Z77 extreme 4 and have been having problems with XP 32 bit installation.

    1. The installation dvd that came with the mobo cant be played on Xp 32bit?
    2. Please advice on what functions to disable or enable if installing to SSD, OS is Xp 32bit. Whenever Xp installation enters into setup, i get a bsod (forgot to copy error code, but will post code on subsequent tries), maybe someone already knows whats the problem.

    Its my first upgrade to i5, Z77 x4, SSD, Sata3 specs, so just take it that I am a total noob with the new tech. Thank you for any tips and insights.

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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    what are you trying to install,windows xp or the drivers on the motherboard cd?
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    I started trying to install xp 32bit onto the SSD, then BSOD keep showing up when XP enters setup mode after loading the drivers. I then removed SSD and disable sata3 functions, and enable sata2 into ide not AHCI.
    Only then was i able to install xp onto my HD, following which my dvd drive would'nt read the Asrock Mobo disk for me to install drivers. So i suspect mobo disk is in 64bit,since my dvd reads Xp 32 install disk and others just fine, looking for confirmation.

    Thats the brief summary of what i did, i dont know if i missed anything or did wrong? Thank you.
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    Dear qw2kitty,

    Due to our SATA mode default settings is [AHCI], please kindly load the SATA RAID driver from below link during OS installation.
    Link: ASRock > Products > Z77 Extreme4

    Or you can adjust SATA mode to [IDE] and then you can install OS directly.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    Thank you for the speedy reply,

    What about the Asrock z77 extreme4 installation disk? Xp32bit cant read it or i got a faulty mobo dvd.

    Will try your suggested method, pardon me for my ignorance but how do i load the Sata Raid driver during the install. I will meddle with it and give it try.

    Your help is very much appreciated. Thank You.

    Quote Originally Posted by ASRock TSD - Emily View Post
    Dear qw2kitty,

    Due to our SATA mode default settings is [AHCI], please kindly load the SATA RAID driver from below link during OS installation.
    Link: ASRock > Products > Z77 Extreme4

    Or you can adjust SATA mode to [IDE] and then you can install OS directly.

    Thanks!

    Have a nice day
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    It should work fine. You should also be able to connect the SSD to the Sata III connection. I'd set bios beack to defaults and change the SSD to IDE, then install winxp32. I'd probably put your DVD on one of the Sata II connections.

    You can load the ACHI drivers, but you'll need a USB floppy drive to do so, hitting F6 when prompted, when initially installing winxp (this comes up at the bottom of the blue screen when you boot to the install DVD. If you go this route, have the SSD drive configured to SCHI instead of IDE when you setup WinXP. I haven't tried this route, as I don't have a USB floppy drive. But I have installed xp 32 bit without any issue on SSD as I described when set to IDE.
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    If your still having trouble installing XP make sure your XP cd has SP3 installed If its a older XP cd with no sp or only SP1 or 2 that could your problem. From a working machine you would need slipstream sp3 into your cd.
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    I can confirm it does work with XPSP2, but its easy enough to slipstream an SP3 CD, which is good advice.
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    Smile Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    Quote Originally Posted by CRRacer View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
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    Thank You for the advice, that is
    1. use ide to install onto ssd
    2. use Xp sp3
    3. use a raid floppy disk

    Guess these pretty much solved my problem, but i can only do so over the weekend when i have more time.

    Thank you.

    Unanswered... if Xp 32bit reads Asrock Z77 X4 mobo disk
    Last edited by gw2kitty; 07-20-2012 at 02:05 AM.
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    Default Re: Questions about 1st OS Installation on New Asrock Z77 X4

    A CD disk, is a CD disk, being a setup disk has nothing to do with anything. There are 32bit and 64 bit drivers on it.

    You have 4 Sata 3 ports and 4 Sata 2 (chipset ) ports.

    You don't connect any CD/DVD rom to Sata 3 port, its goes onto the chipset Sata 2.

    You don't need a floppy, even if you were setting up a RAID with SSD's you can use a flash or another drive to load the RAID drivers.


    The Sata 3- Asmedia DOES NOT have a pre-install driver for AHCI mode.

    You don't need XP SP3 to install, and asrock has xp drivers for this board.

    If the setup disk causes BSOD, then don't run the setup, open the disk and manually find each driver and install them.

    You need chipset (INF), Graphics driver(if using onboard), sound driver, ASMedia SATA3 Driver ver:1.3.1, Intel Management Engine driver ver:8.0.3.1427, ASMedia USB 3.0 driver ver:1.10.1.0.

    If you can't find the drivers on the disk, go to asrock and download the XP drivers.


    Installing XP SP3, will get you a MOBO loaded with microsoft drivers.


    You are better off running the SSD off the Intel Sata 2 port then the ASmedia Sata 3 port.

    The ASmedia port is as worthless as the Marvell 9128.

    The only reason you need a floppy is if you are install the OS to a RAID array, and like I said, you DON"T need a floppy disk. They can be loaded from any drive if its plugged in at boot.


    It could be the SSD, are you sure it has the latest firmware, thousands of people have problems with SSD's on a system, depending on the MFG.


    Did you go to the MFG site of your SSD and check the firmware version ?
    Last edited by odiebugs; 07-20-2012 at 03:14 AM.

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