thank you in advance for any assistance. i'm trying to help a friend. his primary hard drive went bad. I'm upgrading the drives. He does not have his recover disk and I'm trying to load a retail copy of XP. during the first part of the XP install it gets as far as trying to detect the drives and stops there. stating that no hard drive are detected. This system has an odd BIOS. I'm very comp knowledgable for the most part and have to say that I'm used to a Phoenix Bios or sometimes even Award bios's.
thanks for the reply. I have a usb floppy drive that I'm attempting to load the raid drivers from.
the install will see the floppy for the initial load of the raid drivers. then after finally detecting the drives. it again wants the raid drivers from the floppy drive and prompts me to put the raid drivers into drive A: and press enter. Well at this point it never looks at the floppy drive again.
That happens on almost all laptops. What you will have to do is slipsteam the drivers into a Windows XP cd using nLite (http://www.nliteos.com/)
Follow their directions for slipstreaming, when you get to the screen that asks what you want to add/remove, just click drivers, then add in the drivers from that floppy. Hope this helps.