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    Default Re: Booting Win XP in AHCI mode -- ASRock 990FX Extreme4-- XP installed in IDE mode.

    Thank you, wardog!

    I was able to create the driver floppy. Tried updating the dual channel devices, but that was still a no go. I don't know why I spaced reading the online manual. I did skim through the printed manual, but that is quiet spartan. Now at least I have drivers on a floppy for doing a fresh install using F6. I checked it running the repair console and ran CHKDSK r/ in AHCI mode. Of course that didn't fix anything. Booting back into windows xp in ide mode I tried updating the dual channel devices as you suggested with the floppy using the ahcix86.inf driver and get the same "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware" message.

    Appreciate your help. At least now I am set to do a fresh install of XP. Very curious as why I can't update those drivers. I'll try a fresh install on an extra drive I have lying around.

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    Kelly

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    Default Re: Booting Win XP in AHCI mode -- ASRock 990FX Extreme4-- XP installed in IDE mode.

    Kelly,

    Is it asking you to point to an inf, or is a dir good enough?

    You might try uninstalling those controllers(and drivers if asked?) in Dev Mgr and upon reboot set the BIOS to AHCI. I'm thinking the XP might upon entering the OS ask for drivers at that point.

    Man, sorry. It's been some time since XP for me.
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    Default Re: Booting Win XP in AHCI mode -- ASRock 990FX Extreme4-- XP installed in IDE mode.

    Enable the "AMD AHCI BIOS ROM" also. I believe XP, and only XP, will smile upon you for doing so.
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    Default Re: Booting Win XP in AHCI mode -- ASRock 990FX Extreme4-- XP installed in IDE mode.

    Perhaps I'm missing something here but I have been running dual boots from my SSD (128Gb) and have often run dual boots on other machines.

    Why don't you simply re-install XP in AHCI mode?

    When I first got my i7 bundle with the ASRock B75 PRO3-M mobo I installed XP with the SATA 3 slots set to IDE but later changed this to AHCI and simply re-installed XP.

    Incidentally I have both the dual boots on the SSD - simply created 2 partitions - one with XP and the other with Win 7 - piece of cake.

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    Talking Re: Booting Win XP in AHCI mode -- ASRock 990FX Extreme4-- XP installed in IDE mode.

    Wardog,
    Thanks! Yes updating the driver must be .inf, not just the directory. Assuming the driver is the correct one, I looks like I need to add a new dual channel device with the correct ahci driver. Have found not way to do that.
    As for the "enable amd ahci bios rom" what the heck is that anyway? Couln't find any info on it. It appears to increase the boot time by displaying additional bios info.

    Peter,
    Good question! And no you are not missing the obvious!
    Two reasons for not doing the obvious: 1, this is really bugging me that I can't find a solution. I don't like unsolved problems and loose ends.
    The other is, even though re installing win xp is easy, reinstalling all my software and setting everything back up the way I like it is a pain and very time consuming! Of course after all this time spent trying to fix this, I could have done that by now! Additionally, maybe it would help others that run into the same issue!

    Thanks for all your replies! Much appreciated!

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    Kelly

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