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#961 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 27.03.2020 14:50

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Hello there. I'm trying to integrate the AHCI/SATA drivers for my ICH8 chipset and install Windows XP on my Dell Optiplex 745.

Let me just start by saying that I'm amazed by how far I can backtrack your posts in other forums as well on this single issue.

So, when I try to slipstream the correct drivers, I cannot found a matching one for my hardware. This is inside the device manager on Windows 7:

http://i.imgur.com/NxLlhXj.png

I believe that the one used is the 2820, since the motherboard have 4 sata ports (0, 1, 4 e 5), and bios "recognizes" 2 e 3, but say that they are not present.

Can you point me in the right direction?

#962 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by IntiMD 27.03.2020 16:42

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@minervamcdonalds According to the PCI ID repository (pci.ids) the DEV_2820 and DEV_2825 controllers are named "82801H (ICH8 Family) 4 port SATA Controller [IDE mode]" resp. " 82801HR/HO/HH (ICH8R/DO/DH) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode]" Notice that both of these controllers are set to IDE mode, so you have to set the mode to AHCI or Normal or whatever it might be called (i'll take a wild guess based on the manual for the optiplex pc that you have "SATA Operation" currently set to "Legacy").

#963 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 27.03.2020 16:59

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@minervamcdonalds:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!
IntiMD is right - your on-board Intel SATA Controller ius currently running in IDE mode. If you don't want to change this setting, you should not try to integrate any Intel AHCI/RAID driver. Otherwise you may get a BSOD during the OS installation.
My guide is only valid for the integration of an Intel AHCI or RAID driver, but this requires, that the on-board Intel SATA Controller is running in "AHCI" or "RAID" mode. As long as the Intel SATA Controller has been set to "IDE", it can only be managed by the MS IDE driver named PCIIDE.SYS, which is part of the Windows OS. In this case the integration of any Intel AHC or RAID driver into the XP image would be a big mistake.
Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#964 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 28.03.2020 03:40

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So, I've been posting on reddit about, and finally managed to install XP.

This were my finds on the process:

  • Using an untouched ISO (Dell or vanilla), got a BSOD;
  • Trying to slipstream AHCI drivers with Nlite, got "iaStor.sys is corrupted" message;
  • Sata operation modes "Normal" or "Legacy" on BIOS seems to have no effect at all.
  • Driverpacks integration of Mass Storage via DPBase got me a BSOD.
Device manager currently shows the ICH8 chipset on IDE mode. I honestly have no idea why it was so difficult to get XP on this machine. Every single video and text about it shows that XP installs just fine on it.

#965 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 28.03.2020 11:00

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@minervamcdonalds:
It is fine, that you finally were able to get XP installed, but it would be interesting to find out the reasons for your previous failures.

Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #964
Using an untouched ISO (Dell or vanilla), got a BSOD
Which was the exact error message?
Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #964
Trying to slipstream AHCI drivers with Nlite, got "iaStor.sys is corrupted" message;
Which driver (please post the exact name of the package) did you integrate and which one of the listed Intel SATA Controllers did you check?
Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #964
Sata operation modes "Normal" or "Legacy" on BIOS seems to have no effect at all.
Within which BIOS section did you look for the SATA mode settings?
Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #964
Device manager currently shows the ICH8 chipset on IDE mode. I honestly have no idea why it was so difficult to get XP on this machine.
To find that out, we need your answers.

#966 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 29.03.2020 01:17

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Let's do it. Dell Optiplex 745. Bios version is 2.1.0. Default options, and SATA Operation is set to NORMAL, as seen here.

Bios was downgraded from 2.6.6 (latest) for a 2006 one just in case. Don't know if that had any impact with the success of the install.

F6 drivers sourced from Fernando's guide and here.

Untouched Dell Windows XP Pro SP3 image, no AHCI drivers integrated error: https://i.imgur.com/JhAvo0M.jpg
The exact same error occurred with the following driver integrated: https://i.imgur.com/8rMkHPY.png
The error happens after the "press F6... press F2" etc.

I couldn't find in your modded drivers a matching one for my hardware, DEV_2820 or DEV_2825.

About the "iaStor.sys file is corrupted", my bad. Was trying to use 64-bit drivers.

#967 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 29.03.2020 10:45

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Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #966
I couldn't find in your modded drivers a matching one for my hardware, DEV_2820 or DEV_2825.
As we already told you, these are the DeviceIDs of Intel SATA Controllers, which are running in IDE mode (and not in AHCI mode). None of the drivers, which are listed within the start post of this thread, are usable, if the on-board Intel SATA Controller is running in IDE mode.
So all your tries to find a usable F6 driver were useless and cost you wasted time. You should have taken an untouched XP SP3 image as source.

#968 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 29.03.2020 11:34

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Ah, I thought that they were capable of running in AHCI if the correct drivers were provided.
But that doesn't explain why the untouched Dell image got me that error, no? The fact that the untouched image couldn't install was what got me into this rabbit hole.

#969 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 29.03.2020 11:52

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@minervamcdonalds:
The error message you have gotten while trying to install the OS off an untouched XP SP3 image had nothing to do with a missing or wrong textmode driver. It was obviously caused by an ACPI compatibility problem, which could have easily been solved during the installation procedure by hitting the F5 or F7 button (when prompted to hit F6) and choosing another computer type regarding ACPI support.

#970 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 29.03.2020 14:16

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Will try that once I get home and tell you the results.

#971 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 29.03.2020 18:37

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Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #969
It was obviously caused by an ACPI compatibility problem, which could have easily been solved during the installation procedure by hitting the F5 or F7 button (when prompted to hit F6) and choosing another computer type regarding ACPI support.
No luck. Tried both F5 and F7.
With F5, selecting C-step i486 (first option) got me the same errors. Selecting "Other" ended the installation, for the system has no floppy from where to search drivers from.
With F7, just the same error again.

If storage isn't the problem, why does DP Mass Storage integration successfully installed XP?

Man, now I want to know. Badly.

#972 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 29.03.2020 19:59

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@minervamcdonalds:
Which was the exact error message/code you got?
From which device (optical or USB) did you boot the XP Setup? I recommend to boot off a CD/DVD and not off an USB Flash Drive.

#973 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by minervamcdonalds 29.03.2020 20:23

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Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #972
Which was the exact error message/code you got?


That same that I've already posted. https://i.imgur.com/JhAvo0M.jpg

Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #972
From which device (optical or USB) did you boot the XP Setup? I recommend to boot off a CD/DVD and not off an USB Flash Drive.


USB. I ordered two CD-RW online a couple days ago, thinking that the problem could be exactly the USB flash boot. Once they arrive, I'll test again.
edit: The DVD drive connects via SATA, too. I wonder if that will be a problem.

#974 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by Fernando 29.03.2020 20:45

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Zitat von minervamcdonalds im Beitrag #973
Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #972
Which was the exact error message/code you got?
That same that I've already posted. https://i.imgur.com/JhAvo0M.jpg.
The "STOP: 0x0000007b" code is typical for a loaded/integrated textmode driver, which doesn't match the connected hardware. Such error message is impossible, if you boot off an absolutely "clean" OS image. I bet, that you didn't use an untouched original Windows XP SP3 image.

#975 RE: [Guide] Integration of Intels AHCI/RAID drivers into a Windows XP/W2k3/W2k CD by infuscomus 29.03.2020 21:10

@Fernando
If he is using a USB flash drive to try to do the install it would explain the 7B BSOD - you need a RAMdisk driver like Firadisk or WinVBlk for that to work.
It would also need to be a native USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 won't work at all for XP install (as I discovered)

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