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Old 17th December, 2003, 11:40 PM
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WinXP SATA Driver Install

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I purchased an SATA hard-drive and a controller card. I've installed everything fine but the problem is when I install Win XP. When I run set-up I press F6 to install third party drivers but the problem I have is that I dont have a floppy drive installed (I have a CD Drive). I really cant believe that the only way to install the drivers is to have a floppy drive as the set-up does not seem to want to look elsewhere for them.

The drivers supplied are on a CD as well.

There must be a way around this and I'm hoping someone out there can help me.

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Old 3rd January, 2004, 08:24 PM
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Little help, please?
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Old 3rd January, 2004, 10:55 PM
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I have no experience of this myself, but I did read a thread somewhere which outlined the same problem. In this case the guy was going to burn a copy of his XP install disk with the SATA drivers added to the new copy.
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As Danrok suggests there's two ways of doing it. The easy way is to get a floppy! (It's also the only way to recover from a BIOS with only a boot block intact short of replacing the BIOS chip.)

The hard way is to go through the unattended installation mechanism and use the OEM mechanism to insert the driver into the unattended installation.
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your motherboard should come with a disk that has drivers etc. on it. try to find the sata one. u can also check on ur mobo website for drivers, which is what i did to fix the same problem u have (i had a soyo k8usa).
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Loading Si3112 drivers into a WinXP disk.

Take a look at this thread and read the basics on the unattended install:

Get Windows XP to install ITSELF!!! Unattended instal

1) In the I386 folder, find the file txtsetup.sif. Open it with Notepad.

2) Add the following lines somewhere before the end.

[SourceDisksFiles]
si3112.sys = 1,,,,,,3_,4,1

[HardwareIdsDatabase]
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_31121095 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_34238086 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_311215D9 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_B0021458 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_01661028 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_82141033 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3512&SUBSYS_35121095 = "Si3112"
PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3512&SUBSYS_01661028 = "Si3112"

[SCSI.load]
si3112 = si3112.sys,4

[SCSI]
si3112 = "Silicon Image Si 3112 SATA"

3) Create the following folders:

C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\SI3112

4) Copy the drivers into the folder you just created.

5) Open the winnt.sif file with notepad and add and or change the following under [Unattended]:

[Unattended]
OemPreinstall=Yes
OemPnPDriversPath="Drivers\SI3112"

6) Use the "Run" command from the Start Menu to run the following:

MAKECAB C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\DRIVERS\SI3112\SI3112.SYS C:\WinXPSP2\i386\SI3112.SY_

7) Check the I386 folder to make sure you see the "SI3112.SY_" file.

8) Burn the disk.

If you did it correctly, WinXP should recognize the SATA drive without having to hit F6 and load drivers.

No. 2 of the above is thanks to Green Machine

EDIT: BTW, this isn't very difficult at all. Once you have the unattended install files all set up, adding small elements takes a couple of minutes at most. For example, you can add drivers for your NIC or chipset or other things into the C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers folder. Then you just add the path to the drivers at the OemPnPDriversPath="Path to drivers;Path to drivers;Path to drivers" line seperated by semicolons and between the quotation marks. Then another couple of minutes to burn either the CD or DVD.

EDIT2: Steps 2, 6, and 7 are only required for drivers that are needed during the disk recognition phase. For all other drivers, ie. NIC drivers, you only need to stick them in a seperate folder in C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers. Then you specify the path as noted in the above EDIT. For example, I extracted all the drivers from the nForce package with WinZIP. Then I copied the individual driver folders directly to C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\nForce. Finally, I listed all the paths at the OemPnPDriversPath="Path to drivers;Path to drivers;Path to drivers" line. In the end, mine looked like:

OemPnPDriversPath="C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\SI 3112;C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\nForce\AudioDrv; C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\nForce\Ethernet;C:\Wi nXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\nForce\GART;C:\WinXPSP2\$O EM$\$1\Drivers\nForce\IDE;C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Dri vers\nForce\MemCtl;C:\WinXPSP2\$OEM$\$1\Drivers\nF orce\SMBus"
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OMG!!! I just posted in a thread from last Dec.
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