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    Default Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    Working on a Latitude E6500 with Windows XP. It came from Dell with Windows XP and AHCI (SATA Mode) enabled in the BIOS.

    The Hard Drive from Dell started to fail and the hard drive was "cloned" and an image was made. The image was restored to a brand new hard drive, and then put back in the machine.

    Upon booting, the laptop bluescreened. Doing a repair install of winXP wasn't possbile, because, that too, would bluescreen.

    I ended up enabling ATA mode (disabling AHCI) and the computer would boot.

    We would REALLY like to run this thing in AHCI to avoid the performance hit.

    What I have tried
    Downloaded ALL Intel Storage drivers from Dell.com and Intel for this ICH9M chipset. Get the error "Computer is not up to minimum requirements to run package" or something of the like.

    Downloaded the pre-os-install storage driver from Dell's website for this latpop. The package does NOT list E6500 but Dell's list of drivers for the 6500 has this. When I use this driver to import right into Windows, the laptop bluescreens. Additionally, when I try this in the repair install, it does not work.

    Are there any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    Have you tried the registry fix for changing ATA mode to AHCI?
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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    I have not. Can you provide details on this? I'm not sure I have to do this since the hard drive image is an exact copy of what Dell shipped ... with AHCI enabled.


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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    You cloned the failing drive to a new drive and then the new drive would not boot. I would assume the clone is not good, salvage your data from whichever drive, and reimage/clean install the new drive.

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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    The new drive and the image work fine if I change the bios to ATA.


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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by millermagic View Post
    The new drive and the image work fine if I change the bios to ATA.
    Good time to salvage your data. The clone should have booted... it blue screened. And now you are hobbled in ATA mode. You can mess with it but you are messing with a troubled clone of a failing drive. Me, I'd have reinstalled XP by now on the new drive... or Win7.

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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    1. Cloning using a recent cloning software should work. I do it regularly.

    2. Here is the thread about enabling AHCI.

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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    The hard drive works fine, it just is noisey. It wasn't a complete failure.

    I'll give that guide a shot.


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    Default Re: Latitude E6500, AHCI and WinXP - Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by millermagic View Post
    The hard drive works fine, it just is noisey. It wasn't a complete failure.

    I'll give that guide a shot.
    Clone it again, then, perhaps with a different tool?

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