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Integration of Intel's SATA AHCI and RAID drivers Guide and help for XP and W2k3 (32/64bit) Rate Topic: -----

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:41 PM

@ all owners of a computer with an Intel S-ATA AHCI or Raid system:

Many users with such system have problems, when they try to install Windows XP (32/64 bit) or Windows Server 2003 (32/64 bit), because the Setup of these Operating Systems will not automaticly detect the hdd's, which are connected to the Intel S-ATA AHCI or Intel SATA RAID ports of the mainboard.
Furthermore the traditional F6/floppy method often fails due to bad floppy media or the lack of a floppy drive.

The easiest and safest solution is the integration of the Intel Controller drivers into a bootable 32/64bit XP or W2k3 CD by using a tool like nLite.

Here is the way how to do it:


Integration of the

Intel SATA AHCI or SATA RAID drivers

by using nLite


Guide for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (32/64 bit)

Last updated: 11/22/2012


Changelog:
  • new: Intel Chipset Devices INF files Set v9.3.0.1026 WHQL for XP integration dated 11/02//2012


Informations regarding the possibility and necessity of loading/integrating the Intel Controller drivers:
  • None of the Windows Operating Systems which were released before Windows 2000 (Windows 3.11, Windows 95/98 and Windows ME) do support the actual Intel SATA and RAID Controllers (no working textmode drivers available).
  • Even Windows 2000 does not really work with the actual Intel Controllers. There are some old Intel S-ATA drivers for Windows 2000, but they do not fully support the modern features AHCI (="Advanced Host Controller Interface") and RAID.
  • The current versions of Windows XP (32/64bit) and Windows Server 2003 (32/64bit) are able to detect actual Intel S-ATA Controllers during the OS installation and will handle them as "normal" IDE Controllers, if the BIOS S-ATA settings are set to "IDE mode". In this case you don't need to load/integrate any Intel textmode drivers, but you have to abandon the features AHCI and RAID.
  • Users who are going to install XP or W2k3 and want to get benefit of the Intel S-ATA Controller features AHCI or RAID, have to enable them within BIOS prior to the OS installation and additionally have to integrate the appropriate Intel textmode driver into the OS CD or to load it via F6/floppy during the installation. Otherwise Windows Setup will not detect the Intel S-ATA Controller connected hard disk drives.
  • According to Intel only the actual Intel S-ATA Controllers for Desktop PC's (ICH7R, ICH8R, ICH9R, ICH10R and 5 Series) and Mobile PC's (ICH7M, ICH8M, ICH9M and Mobile Express Chipsets) are fully supporting AHCI, but obviously it is possible to get the AHCI features even with some ICH8/ICH9/ICH10 Southbridge PC's (look here and here). If you are not sure, look into your mainboard/laptop manual or ask the support of the mainboard/laptop manufacturer.
Preconditions for a successful integration of the Intel S-ATA AHCI/RAID drivers:
  • The S-ATA hdd's have to be connected to the Intel S-ATA ports of the mainboard.
    Important: Many Intel chipset mainboards have Intel and JMicron S-ATA connectors. Before you continue with your preparations, you should check, if the S-ATA cables of your hdd's are really connected to the Intel ports. If you are using the JMicron S-ATA ports, you have to integrate/load the JMicron textmode drivers (you can get them here). Otherwise Windows Setup will not detect your S-ATA connected hdd(s) at all.
  • The mainboard BIOS should be up-to-date.
  • Very important are the correct BIOS settings regarding the wanted Intel S-ATA mode.
    These are the options:
    IDE Mode = no Intel textmode drivers necessary, but no AHCI/RAID available
    AHCI Mode = Intel SATA AHCI textmode driver necessary, no RAID available
    RAID Mode = Intel SATA RAID textmode driver necessary, RAID array must be created
  • The Power Management (ACPI) should be enabled within BIOS.
  • The source for the processing with nLite should be a clean (not modified) and error free OS CD.
  • Only for Intel RAID users: Before you are going to install the nLited OS onto an Intel RAID array, you should check, if the RAID has been correctly created and set as bootable by the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM Utility". Furthermore the Intel RAID has to be set on the first place of the HARD DISK BOOT PRIORITY within the mainboard BIOS.


1. Preparation:
What you need is the actual version of
  • nLite (you get it here) and
  • the suitable (=extracted) Intel textmode drivers you want/need to integrate.
    The choice of the correct textmode driver depends mainly on the OS you are going to install, whereas the exact name of the Intel Controller of your mainboard is less important for the driver choice, because the "Intel® Rapid Storage Technology" (RST) resp. "Intel® Matrix Storage Manager" (MSM) packages usually are supporting all common INTEL SATA AHCI and SATA RAID Controllers of all Intel Southbridges from ICH7R resp. ICH7M up (users with an Intel ICH5 or ICH6 SATA Controller have to use an older or a customized driver package).
    What you need for the later integration are the extracted necessary Intel S-ATA AHCI/RAID Controller drivers. Since the complete Intel RST/MSM packages have a big size (due to the included Console software) and are not easy to extract, I recommend to download just one of the small driver packages, which are already prepared for integration purposes.

    These are the options:
    • For users with an Intel ICH7R/M, ICH9M, ICH10R/D, 5 Series, 6-Series or 7-Series (except X79) Southbridge AHCI or RAID system:
    • For users, who don't know the specific Intel SATA Controller of their system, or want to create a Windows XP CD, which may be usable with different hardware configurations:
    • For users with an Intel X79 chipset AHCI/RAID system:
    • For users, who want to get XP (32/64bt) installed by using the VirtualBox without risking a BSOD:
    • Especially for desktop/notebook users with an Intel ICH8R/ICH8M or ICH8/ICH9/ICH10 (without R or M) chipset mainboard, who want to set their SATA Controller to "AHCI" mode by using the newest Intel RST driver:
      Unfortunately the newest official Intel RST drivers v11.2.0.1006 WHQL do not support ICH8R, ICH8M and ICH9R chipsets running in AHCI mode due to the lack of the needed HardwareID's within the associated INF and OEM files. Furthermore some Intel ICH Southbridges without an "R" or "M" (ICH8, ICH9 and ICH10) are not supported at all by any official Intel textmode driver.
      Users with such chipset, who want to use the AHCI features and the newest Intel RST driver nevertheless, may use a special driver package I have prepared.
      Here are the links to the actual RST drivers v11.2.0.1006, whose INF and OEM files have been customized by me to make them usable with all Intel AHCI systems from ICH7 up (except X79):
      Important remarks:
      • All "modded" 32/64bit packages contain the untouched (=original) Intel textmode drivers. Only the associated INF and OEM files have been modified to make them compatible with the originally not supported ICH8-ICH10 chipsets.
      • Due to the modification these drivers have lost their WHQL certification. You may use them at own risk.
      • Please give me your feedback, if your Intel ICH8R/ICH8M/ICH8/ICH9R/ICH9/ICH10 Controller should not be supported by these modified drivers.
      • If you are going to integrate these modified drivers, you will get a slightly different popup window than shown below, because I have added the AHCI Controllers for originally not supported ICH8/9/10 chipsets. Nevertheless you will find the suitable Controller easily, if you search for the suffix "added by Fernando".

    Unzip and store the driver folder of your choice somewhere (caution: don't use any personal Windows folder like the Desktop for storage purposes!). Depending on the OS you are going to install, you will just need the 32bit or 64bit driver version.

    Attention: Look into your mainboard manual, if your S-ATA hdd(s) are connected to any of the above mentioned Intel ICH7/ICH8/ICH9/ICH10/5-Series/6-Series SATA ports. If your mainboard has an other (legacy type) Intel SATA AHCI/RAID Controller, you should integrate the Intel AHCI/RAID driver you will find within your mainboard driver CD.


2. Processing with nLite:
  • Copy the content of the clean source CD (XP, XP x64, W2k3 or W2k3 x64) onto your hdd.
  • Run nLite and point to the directory where you have copied the OS source.
  • If your XP CD source CD doesn't yet include the Service Pack 3, you should integrate it as first step. This seems to be absolutely necessary for all new Intel chipset systems from 6-Series up (look >here<).
  • You can use all nLite options, but you have to use the tasks "Integrate Drivers" and "Create Bootable CD".
  • When you come up to the task "Drivers", hit the "Insert" button, use the "Single driver" option and point to the content of the driver package you have downloaded and extracted at first step. Click onto one of the shown INF files (it doesn't matter which one).
  • If you have integrated the appropriate drivers (hopefully supporting your special Intel SATA Controller too) you will get the following or rather similar "Storage Device Textmode Driver" popup window with a big variety of different Intel Controllers:
    Attached File  Intel_Textmode_Driver_Popup_with_nLite.jpg (117.28K)
    Number of downloads: 1355
    At this point you have to decide, which Intel Controller(s) you want to get installed by clicking onto the suitable Controller(s).
    Important:
    a ) Make sure, that the "Textmode driver" Mode is enabled.
    b ) You can and maybe have to highlight more than 1 Controller.

    Have a look into your mainboard manual to find the exact name of your S-ATA Controller and search for it within the list.
    Click onto the Intel SATA Controller(s), which is/are suitable for your mainboard BIOS settings regarding the Intel S-ATA ports (SATA RAID or SATA AHCI), your mainboard chipset (ICH7, ICH8, ICH9 or ICH10) and your system ("Desktop"=PC, "Mobile"=Laptop, Server or Workstation).
    Tip:
    If you are not sure, which of the listed Controllers are the suitable one(s) for your chipset, you can enable all of them (Windows Setup will find and install the correct driver). This tip is only valid for users, who had prepared an Intel textmode driver, which belongs to the "Intel® Matrix Storage Manager" series!
  • Use the other options of nLite, if you want. It is a good idea to additionally integrate the Intel INF Update Utilty named Intel® Chipset Device Software as normal device (=PnP) driver. You can download the actual INF driver package from >here<.
    Tip:
    • Since Intel's EXE package usually is voluminous and not easy to be extracted, I have prepared and uploaded a small driverpack for you, which contains just the actual official driver files you will need for the integration of the Intel chipset device "drivers" (Notice: they are not real drivers, but just information files).
    • You can download a small package containing just the latest official Intel INF "drivers" v9.3.0.1026 WHQL prepared for the integration from >here<. Unzip it and integrate the "drivers" by pointing onto any of the various INF files you will find within the folder. It doesn't matter which one you choose - nLite will copy them all anyway.

  • Let nLite create the ISO file.
  • As last step the ISO file should be burned as bootable CD. You can either let nLite do this job or take a burning tool like Nero.
    Tips:
    • If you are using Nero, you should just choose "Recorder" (menu bar) > "Burn Image" and then point to the just created ISO file.
    • Burn at not more than 8x(DVD) or 24x(CD) and choose the "Verify" option to avoid any burning errors!

  • Have fun!


3. Additional advices for the later OS installation:
  • If you want to install any Windows OS (32/64bit) by booting off a SATA connected optical drive, it might be a good idea - if applicable - to connect the CD/DVD device with a SATA port, which is not running in AHCI or RAID mode.
    Reason: Some SATA connected optical drives do not like the AHCI or RAID mode during the OS installation and may generate errors (Note: Once the OS is up, usually all problems are gone.).
    Solution: Connect the optical drive to another available S-ATA port (for example with JMicron Controller), which is running in IDE mode. Alternatively you may replace your S-ATA CD/DVD device by a P-ATA (40pin) connected one or use an USB stick as bootable device to get the OS installed.
  • Don't hit F6 and don't insert any driver floppy during the installation using the CD with integrated Intel Controller drivers. Otherwise Windows Setup won't find the drivers at all!
  • You might get a problem with the installation of a 32bit OS, if you are running your computer with 4 (or more) GB of RAM. It is a good idea to remove some RAM sticks while the installing procedure. Once the OS is up, you can reinsert the removed RAM sticks.


4. How to get access to the Intel® RST resp. Intel® MSM Console:
    Once your OS is up, you will have full access to all partitions and files of your Intel RAID array or SATA hdd's/SSD's running in AHCI Mode, but you will not be able to run the Intel RST/MSM Control Center, because the program files are still missing.
    Solution:
    • Users with an Intel RAID system should download and install the complete Intel RST resp. MSM package (depending on the driver they had integrated), which contains the RST/MSM drivers and the Console application. For users, who are running their SATA hdd's/SSD's in AHCI Mode, the Console is less important, but they can install it as well (only disadvantage: prolonged boot time).
      Attention:
      You should take care, that the complete package belongs to the same series (RST/RSTe resp. MSM) and has the same version as the driver, which has been integrated into the XP CD (only exception: X79 chipset users, who had installed Windows XP 32bit, they can install the appropriate RSTe drivers):
      • f you had integrated the 32/64bit RST driver v11.2.0.1006 WHQL, you will be able to get the suitable complete and already extracted RST package v11.2.0.1006 from >here<.
      • Users, who had installed the 32/64bit MSM driver v8.9.8.1005, can download the appropriate version of the complete MSM package from Intels Download Center (>Link<, just enter "Intel® Matrix Storage Manager") or directly from >here<.
      • Intel X79 chipset users, who want to get the RSTe Console Software installed (and the RSTe drivers once XP x64 is up) , should download the - already extracted - actual complete RSTe package v3.1.0.1085 from >here<.

      After having run the installer and a reboot you will have full access to the "Intel® Rapid Storage Technology" resp. "Intel® Matrix Storage Manager" Console from within the running Windows OS.


Good luck!
Fernando

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 06:24 AM

For JMicron S-ATA ports if bios settings is set to AHCI mode,no hdd is detect.No problem though if set to IDE mode

This post has been edited by Mann: 17 November 2007 - 06:25 AM


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Posted 17 November 2007 - 06:39 AM

View PostMann, on Nov 17 2007, 02:24 PM, said:

For JMicron S-ATA ports if bios settings is set to AHCI mode,no hdd is detect.No problem though if set to IDE mode
1. As I have written within my guide:
You cannot use Intel drivers, when your hdd is connected to any JMicron port. Then you have to integrate the JMicron Controller drivers.

2. If you disable AHCI within your BIOS and let the S-ATA Controllers run the IDE mode, you don't need to integrate any textmode driver, but in this case you will abandon all AHCI features of your built-in S-ATA Controllers.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:08 AM

i did integrate the Jmicron Controller driver but still no go.No problem at all with Intel drivers with sata hdd on Intel ports even with AHCI mode

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:33 AM

View PostMann, on Nov 17 2007, 04:08 PM, said:

i did integrate the Jmicron Controller driver but still no go.No problem at all with Intel drivers with sata hdd on Intel ports even with AHCI mode.
Do you have different SATA hdd's connected to different (Intel and JMicron) S-ATA ports?
Are you sure, that you installed the correct drivers for the connected port?
Which JMicron textmode driver did you load?

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:48 AM

I only have this 4 files.No txtsetup.oem
jgogo.sys
jraid.cat
Jraid.sys
jraid_i.inf

p.s Just got a new driver JMB36X_WinDrv_WHQL_R1.17.28WHQL.this set has txtsetup.oem.Will test this driver

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:52 AM

without txtsetup.oem cannot use txtmode drivers.

and another notice about ICH hubs - Intel offers ICHx and ICHxR versions. only R-labeled hubs support AHCI and RAID capabilities. I've spent a whole day trying to install AHCI on motherboard with ICH9 befor I looked at mb specification.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:56 AM

View PostMann, on Nov 17 2007, 04:48 PM, said:

I only have this 4 files.No txtsetup.oem
jgogo.sys
jraid.cat
Jraid.sys
jraid_i.inf
That doesn't work at all. Windows Setup will not detect your JMicron Controller connected S-ATA hdd's, if AHCI is enabled within your BIOS.

Download this JMicron driver package and unzip it. You will find the suitable textmode driver within the Floppy32 folder.

View PostPlayStation, on Nov 17 2007, 04:52 PM, said:

and another notice about ICH hubs - Intel offers ICHx and ICHxR versions. only R-labeled hubs support AHCI and RAID capabilities. I've spent a whole day trying to install AHCI on motherboard with ICH9 befor I looked at mb specification.
The ICHxM controllers (M=Mobile) are supporting AHCI and RAID too.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:19 AM

thks problrm solved :)

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

View PostMann, on Nov 17 2007, 05:19 PM, said:

thks problrm solved :)

What have you done to solve the problem (might be interesting for other users)?

EDIT: Since I believe, that Mann will not answer anymore, I suppose, that he found at least the correct JMicron textmode drivers I have linked to.

This post has been edited by Fernando 1: 17 November 2007 - 11:33 AM


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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:46 PM

thx fernando
all worked good for me. :thumbup

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:26 AM

I have a Gateway laptop model M-6823 I am trying to triple boot Vista XP and Fedora. XP is the problem. The drive is partitioned and Vista and Fedora core 8 work quite well. The XP SATA drivers are the problem. I followed the above instructions and created a CD. It boots fine then says it is checking the system as the screen goes black and the HDD runs and runs like it is loading the drivers etc. I allowed it to run for 20 minutes last night then hit Ctrl-Alt-Del. It had not modified anything the machine still boots Fedora and Vista fine.

Does anyone know should I just allow it to run longer? I tried this CD in an older desktop and it runs through fine to the point of asking for an install point. I do not get the black screen on a desktop however. I have made the CD 2 times so far and gotten the same results.

Thank-you in advance,
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:31 PM

Excellent write up.

I did this slipsream the other day, but just now came across this post.

I am running one drive, but trying to run AHCI mode and install XP Pro. Before slipstreaming, It would not detect the drive of course. I slipstreamed the drives exactly how you have in your guide, the only difference is the source cd was not a clean one, but a disc I slipstreamed SP2 in a few months ago. Does this matter that it was an nlite created disc even though the only thing changed was slipstreamed SP2 in?

OK, so here is my problem. The slipstream must have worked, becuase it recognized the drive during setup, I created and formatted a partition, and sucessfully copied all of the XP setup files to the BRAND NEW hard drive. Just before the reboot, it says cannot copy file Uknown.sys and lets me canel or skip. Next, it reboots your computer to finish the install. It reboots, but after the POST screen, it reboots again and continues this reboot cycle.

Any ideas? This computer was working fine with exact same configuration before I RMA'ed the drive, so I know it's not the bios or connectors or anything.

From reading around, it looks to me that it loads the controller driver during the initial start, allowing my SATA drive to work, but then it will not copy the driver to the hard drive, not allowing it to boot. I don't know what Unkown.sys is, but others have the same problem, only named different things .sys

I loaded used the drive as a slave an loaded up with my Vista drive and copied over the files iastor.inf iaahci.inf and iastor.sys over to the new hd that has the preinstall files copied on it into the i386 folder.

No dice. Still does the same thing.

Any one can help?

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:27 AM

View Postscl205, on Nov 20 2007, 07:26 PM, said:

I have a Gateway laptop model M-6823 I am trying to triple boot Vista XP and Fedora. XP is the problem. The drive is partitioned and Vista and Fedora core 8 work quite well. The XP SATA drivers are the problem. I followed the above instructions and created a CD. It boots fine then says it is checking the system as the screen goes black and the HDD runs and runs like it is loading the drivers etc. I allowed it to run for 20 minutes last night then hit Ctrl-Alt-Del. It had not modified anything the machine still boots Fedora and Vista fine.
Does anyone know should I just allow it to run longer? I tried this CD in an older desktop and it runs through fine to the point of asking for an install point. I do not get the black screen on a desktop however. I have made the CD 2 times so far and gotten the same results.
At which point of the XP install did you get this strange behaviour? Did you really follow my guide?
If you do not come to the point where you have to decide where to install XP, you obviously have a problem with your system.

View Posthobiecatter, on Nov 21 2007, 07:31 AM, said:

I am running one drive, but trying to run AHCI mode and install XP Pro. Before slipstreaming, It would not detect the drive of course. I slipstreamed the drives exactly how you have in your guide, the only difference is the source cd was not a clean one, but a disc I slipstreamed SP2 in a few months ago. Does this matter that it was an nlite created disc even though the only thing changed was slipstreamed SP2 in?
No, that is like a clean OS CD.

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OK, so here is my problem. The slipstream must have worked, becuase it recognized the drive during setup, I created and formatted a partition, and sucessfully copied all of the XP setup files to the BRAND NEW hard drive. Just before the reboot, it says cannot copy file Uknown.sys and lets me canel or skip. Next, it reboots your computer to finish the install. It reboots, but after the POST screen, it reboots again and continues this reboot cycle.
Any ideas? This computer was working fine with exact same configuration before I RMA'ed the drive, so I know it's not the bios or connectors or anything.
From reading around, it looks to me that it loads the controller driver during the initial start, allowing my SATA drive to work, but then it will not copy the driver to the hard drive, not allowing it to boot. I don't know what Unkown.sys is, but others have the same problem, only named different things .sys
All SYS files are drivers. XP is obviously searching for an unknown driver.
Did you hit F6 (you should not!)?
If not, try the following: Create a bootable XP CD and integrate not only the Intel textmode drivers, but additionally the Intel INF chipset drivers. You will find a download link within my guide (first post).

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:23 AM

for using the newest driver if gets update, only if you wish to extract drivers for yourself

download Intel Matrix Storage Manager (link found in the main post up there)
open a cmd line and go where you dowloaded the app
then run iata78_cd.exe -a -a (that's actual name and files in the main post)
the go to this folder %programfiles%\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Driver
and there will be your drivers so you can update if the need arises

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:30 AM

View Postlav0s, on Nov 23 2007, 12:23 PM, said:

for using the newest driver if gets update, only if you wish to extract drivers for yourself
download Intel Matrix Storage Manager (link found in the main post up there)
open a cmd line and go where you dowloaded the app
then run iata78_cd.exe -a -a (that's actual name and files in the main post)
the go to this folder %programfiles%\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Driver
and there will be your drivers so you can update if the need arises
The extraction is not needed, if you use the actual driver packages linked within the first post of this thread.
Furthermore I will keep the download links up-to-date.

CU
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Posted 24 November 2007 - 02:02 PM

Fernando,

Thanks for your help. Since I was getting the Unknown.sys cannot copy during install, I found a floppy drive and thought I'd try it the "old fashioned" way to see if that would even work, instead of slipstreaming the file.

I get the same error "cannont copy Unknown.sys" even when using the floppy method. When doing the floppy method, you don't have any options of textmode or INF drivers. I have a Dell XPS 410, so I went to Dell's support page, downloaded the SATA exe driver for my computer, extracted it to the floppy. When I hit F6, and loaded the floppy, there were only four options, two were for mobile, the other two only one of which worked, and it was the one for my controller. I still got the same error with this method.

Switching over to regular IDE (not needing to load the SATA drivers) installs fine. So, this is definately something to do with these drivers, just can't figure out what.

I need to install in AHCI mode not regular IDE though because my other HD that has Vista only works in AHCI mode, and I will eventually be dual booting.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 03:59 AM

View Posthobiecatter, on Nov 24 2007, 10:02 PM, said:

Since I was getting the Unknown.sys cannot copy during install, I found a floppy drive and thought I'd try it the "old fashioned" way to see if that would even work, instead of slipstreaming the file.
I get the same error "cannont copy Unknown.sys" even when using the floppy method. When doing the floppy method, you don't have any options of textmode or INF drivers. I have a Dell XPS 410, so I went to Dell's support page, downloaded the SATA exe driver for my computer, extracted it to the floppy. When I hit F6, and loaded the floppy, there were only four options, two were for mobile, the other two only one of which worked, and it was the one for my controller. I still got the same error with this method.
If you haven chosen the "Unattended Install", you should not hit F6.
Have you tried to enable all possible AHCI Controllers while integrating the Intel textmode drivers with nLite?

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 08:37 PM

View PostFernando 1, on Nov 25 2007, 03:59 AM, said:

View Posthobiecatter, on Nov 24 2007, 10:02 PM, said:

Since I was getting the Unknown.sys cannot copy during install, I found a floppy drive and thought I'd try it the "old fashioned" way to see if that would even work, instead of slipstreaming the file.
I get the same error "cannont copy Unknown.sys" even when using the floppy method. When doing the floppy method, you don't have any options of textmode or INF drivers. I have a Dell XPS 410, so I went to Dell's support page, downloaded the SATA exe driver for my computer, extracted it to the floppy. When I hit F6, and loaded the floppy, there were only four options, two were for mobile, the other two only one of which worked, and it was the one for my controller. I still got the same error with this method.
If you haven chosen the "Unattended Install", you should not hit F6.
Have you tried to enable all possible AHCI Controllers while integrating the Intel textmode drivers with nLite?


I understand you do not hit F6 while using a slipsreamed disc because the drivers load automatically. I don't think I wrote it clearly the first time. When I could not get it to work using the slipsreamed, I backed up and used a NON slipsreamed disc and installed a floppy to load the drivers off the floppy to see if that would work. Doing it this way, of course, I DO hit F6 to install the drivers, however, I was still getting the "cannot copy Unknown.sys" error.

As for the drivers I picked off of the floppy, there were only four of them available. Two had a (mobile) in the name, so I skipped them and I tried the other two. One of them did not work at all. I tried again with the last one, and was able to recognize the drive, copy the files, then it got to the unkown.sys that it couldn't copy.

I have searched all over the Dell forums, and others have had to slipsream the drivers or use a floppy, but none have had this .sys file that could not copy.

I am not giving up though. Going to keep trying different things and will let you know what works.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:02 PM

View Posthobiecatter, on Nov 26 2007, 04:37 AM, said:

I understand you do not hit F6 while using a slipsreamed disc because the drivers load automatically. I don't think I wrote it clearly the first time. When I could not get it to work using the slipsreamed, I backed up and used a NON slipsreamed disc and installed a floppy to load the drivers off the floppy to see if that would work. Doing it this way, of course, I DO hit F6 to install the drivers, however, I was still getting the "cannot copy Unknown.sys" error.
As for the drivers I picked off of the floppy, there were only four of them available. Two had a (mobile) in the name, so I skipped them and I tried the other two. One of them did not work at all. I tried again with the last one, and was able to recognize the drive, copy the files, then it got to the unkown.sys that it couldn't copy.
I have searched all over the Dell forums, and others have had to slipsream the drivers or use a floppy, but none have had this .sys file that could not copy.
I am not giving up though. Going to keep trying different things and will let you know what works.
Your story about the "unknown.sys" file is very strange, because there is no such file within any Intel driver package.
If you slipstream the Intel textmode drivers exactly the way I have layed down within my first post, you will succeed (unless you have another problem within yĆ³ur system).
Maybe you should do a google search for "unknown.sys" to find out the real reason for your trouble.

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