Yesterday, I sat down, spent two hours walking through all the documentation to put my computer together, everything is recognized in the BIOS (Including the SATA HDD) and DOS boot disks run. I think I'm ready to install XP. So I slap in my XP home, start the install process........and it says that no hard disks are installed, please check your connections, blah blah blah. So i go back in to my motherboard manual, yes it's hooked up correctly, but it says that if I want the SATA to be my Primary Drive with XP installed and recognized on it, I need, to create a Floppy disk w/ the correct drivers on it from the Motherboard support CD, hit F6 in the beginning of XP install to add the specific RAID or SCSI device. Sooooo, i put the CD in my old pc, fire it up, create the floppy with the drivers. Then stick it in my new comp, folly teh steps specify the right driver. Follow the instructions, then i still get the same error message, wont recognize it, whatever, though i know its set up right cuz the BIOS sees it and i followed the mobo manual. I tried it with various other drivers on the CD and various CMOS settings, but still the same error. So after thinking talking and considering, I belive I have 3 options and in this order:
1. Download new drivers from www.asus.com
and Flash my BIOS with the newest update.
2. Temporarily install an IDE drive I have layin around and Install XP on that, then use Norton ghost or a shareware program from www.westerndigital.com
which uses a bootable floppy that can copy hard drives, putting XP on my SATA drive after I get it set up and recognized through XP.
3. Buy another Seagate 80 GB SATA and hope it works with the RAID driver also avaliable on the mobo Support CD.
Any other ideas??? what would work best??? what do you think about my ideas???
any input is welcome