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    Exclamation Can't Install OS! HELP!

    I have a ga-ep45-ds3p motherboard. I have tried numerous times to install Vista x64, XP x64 & x86. When i try to install vista it doesent come up with a hard drive. Instead it asks me to install drivers and nothing comes up. So i had a look around and apparently its a sata controller driver. I downloaded the sata driver from gigabyte, extracted it and put it on both my external hdd and a drive. It still doesnt install.

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    Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller or something similar, it's the only one that came up.

    I added an IDE hdd and yet still the same problem. Here are specs.

    CPU: Intel Q9550
    MOBO: EP45-DS3P
    RAM: 4gb Kingston HyperX
    HDD: 500gb Western Digital
    Video: XFX GTX280
    PSU: Zalman 850W

    Please help, this is a brand new system, i have spent all yesterday, last night and today trying to figure this out

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    Default Re: Can't Install OS! HELP!

    What hard drives do you have? SATA or IDE? And what model are they?

    Which ports (Color and #) do you have the drives connected and what do you have set for these settings in the BIOS >>>


    Integrated Peripherals

    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) .............
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work)


    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) .............
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ...........

    Vista Does not need any drivers, unless you have RAID Set in the BIOS. You may need to setup your disks for first use (Set active and format) with the manufacturers tools, some disks are unusable until you do this and will appear to be dead/non-functional

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    Default Re: Can't Install OS! HELP!

    HDD: Western Digital 5000AVVS 500GB 3.5 (SATA).

    It's plugged in: sata2_2 and the colour is yellow if thats what you mean.

    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) - AHCI at the moment, i had it set on disabled but still nothing.

    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode - Enabled (Have tried both)

    Where do i find these on the bios? Can't seem to fine them..
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) .............
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ...........

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    Default Re: Can't Install OS! HELP!

    Yes, I wanted to know the color, thanks.

    Please look and remove Any jumpers you see on the back of the drive

    Plug that SATA Hard drive into yellow port #0

    If you are using a SATA CD/DVD Drive plug that into the last Yellow port #5

    Sorry about these settings commented >>>
    Where do i find these on the bios? Can't seem to fine them..
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) .............
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ...........
    I thought your board has the Purple (Gigabyte/J.Micron Ports as well) you can ignore those thoughts and settings.

    Lets get you going in IDE mode (Yes it is SATA, just named IDE so to differentiate between NON AHCI/RAID)

    Set these settings in your BIOS >>>
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) .............Disabled
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work)

    If you then cannot load vista, you may need to check this drive in another PC to be sure it is not DOA, it happens often with drives.

    I do not think you need to setup this disk for first use, but you may. Incase you cannot test this disk in another PC right away you can use this manufacturer tools to check to be sure the drive is not DOA. >>>

    Data Lifeguard Diagnostic

    For windows (Used on another PC of course)
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP

    DOS CD ISO
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP

    DOS Floppy
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP


    Then you can use this tool to setup the disk for first use >>>

    Data Lifeguard Tools

    For windows (Used oN another PC Of course)
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP

    For DOS CD ISO
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP

    For DOS Floppy
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD AV-GP

    Ya know, that disk is made for DVR's and such, and may not work in a PC for a OS
    WD AV-GP ( WD5000AVVS )

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