IDE to AHCI *after* XP install

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  1. Eric618

    Eric618 Notebook Consultant

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    Hey guys,

    I've asked this within other semi-related threads, and didn't get a lot of bites. Mods, if there's a problem with posting this, feel free to delete...

    When I got my P-7811 about a month ago, I tried to like Vista (for the second time), but I really hated it. I completely reformatted and threw on XP Pro SP3. I managed to get everything working, including the audio and cam mic, which i was/am thrilled about. What I FORGOT to do was install the drivers at install for AHCI, so now I'm stuck at IDE.

    So question is: Is there any way to get the drivers installed for AHCI after install of XP? Thanks much in advance! :)
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    This thread, although it relates to the Dell Latitude E series, might be a good starting place.

    John
     
  3. Eric618

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    Thanks John! I tried his XP suggestions, but I get the same ole' BSOD on reboot even after merging the registry entry.
     
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    Also see this on the Dell support site.

    John
     
  5. Eric618

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    Thanks John. Still no luck though. :(
     
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    Here's an idea I've been kicking around, but haven't had time to fully experiment with: try using Sysprep!

    I recently did a system where I work where the original system ghost image was not done on a RAID'ed drive. I was building a custom system for my boss using that image though, and he wanted two HD's RAID'ed together in RAID1 for the boot partition. On a whim I went ahead and RAID'ed the two drives together and then Ghosted the system image over to the drives.

    I honestly didn't expect it to work.

    ... I worked flawlessly!

    What I had forgotten is that when we created the image, we used the "Use Mini-Setup" option in Sysprep XP. When you do that, it forces hardware redetection, and then would automatically reload the right drivers.

    If you want to try it, all you would need to do is download and run Sysprep (use the one for XP: Sysprep 2.0!) on your system. Put a checkmark on "Don't Reset Grace Period for Activation", 'Use Min-Setup", and "Don't regenerate security identifies". Now click "Reseal".

    The next time you restart the system the computer will act like the first time you installed Windows (it'll go through the setup process). When everything's said and done it and after it reboots, you should be back to where you were before, except with a working system using AHCI. You *SHOULDN'T* lose any data by doing this.

    Word of warning though: back up important data first. That, and if your computer blows up, catches fire, starts running around backwards, chanting in foreign langages, barking, or starts calling you mommy, I'm not responsible. Do this at your own risk. ;)
     
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    Hey man, thanks! I will try it later today! Where would I put the AHCI drivers though so the re-install could find them?
     
  8. DigiDoc

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    You shouldn't need to. If you install the Intel driver package (Intel Storage Matrix drivers) before you do the Sysprep it should automatically see them afterwards.

    If you want to be sure, just unpack the drivers to a directory on the root of your hard drive. During the restart phase, if it asks for the drivers, just point it to the folder.
     
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    Does this method create C:\Documents and Settings\Users.old folders? and C:\Windows.old folders? Does it ask for username/computer name?
     
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    Couldn't tell ya. I haven't experimented with it fully yet.
     
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