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    Default initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Greetings!

    Where to start. I decided to rebuild my PC with new hardware and have been having problems since day one installing the OS.

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    2 gig ram
    2 500gig black WD sata drives in slots 0 and 1
    cd rom plugged into IDE slot

    SATA mode =AHCI
    SATA port =enabled
    legacy USB =enabled

    windows XP v0 slipstreamed w/sp3 (CD)

    I reboot and start the OS install, all appears to be ok, windows setup,
    f6 load device drivers, load driver as requested, cooks on a little
    more, finally windows screen, install, repair, exit? I go for the new install
    and hit enter, next screen I see tells me it cannot locate the drives?
    What am I missing here?

    Thanks in advance...............................

    millertime101

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    I have installed XP with SATA IDE mode then twitched to AHCI as explained in How to enable AHCI : Windows XP Expertester maybe this will be easier.

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    I appreciate your help, but by the comments it doesn't look like a very
    good solution. I am sure I have missed something easy. Thanks for the
    help. Any one have this problem on first setup?

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Unless your running raid there is no need to do the F6 thing during OS install. Oh my look at the time it's beer thirty...

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Are you running RAID? Don't hit F6 if you aren't.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Quote Originally Posted by henson View Post
    Are you running RAID? Don't hit F6 if you aren't.
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    I assume he's using AHCI, in which case he needs a driver for that too.

    Make sure you have the correct driver. It should come as part of a zip file with a utility for creating a driver floppy disk. There are two versions, one is 32bit and the other 64bit. There is also an entirely different RAID driver if your motherboard has purple JMicron SATA ports in edition to the Intel ICH. If you're trying to use those then that would be a problem too. Definitely use the Intel ports if you aren't already.

    If you can't get it working then you can slipstream the driver into your install disc. You have already slipstreamed SP3, so inserting a RAID driver should be no problem.

    Chike's solution is perfectly valid and is a legitimate way to switch from IDE to AHCI. I have done it on my Windows XP image. It works just as well as having the drivers installed at install time. There's no benefit or essentialness to having AHCI mode working at install time compared to activating it later. This method sounds like a hack, but it's covered on the Microsoft Knowledge base and is ratified by MS.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Psycho may be right, I didn't have to even on my raid system but it was an OEM XP disk with SP2 on it already.

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    I was able to get everything set up in IDE mode and have installed the
    OS. I may look at switching to the raid config as mentioned above when
    I get everything updated. If I set up the IHCA raid do the partions have
    to be equal or just should the drives be the same?

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    The drives will need to be the same model and specs, partitions wont matter as you will be deleting everything on the drives to switch t RAID.

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