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#1 steve_01

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:34 PM

Hi experts!

I have my 4Gb USB pen drive with XP now installed using the PEtoUSB software. All worked fine and I also slipstreamed SP2 on to it using Nlite, again no problems.

I then changed the boot sequence on the Acer Aspire One A150 to USB and Windows started to install. Like many others, I got the blue screen of death stating that no hard drives could be found. From here, I thought I had 2 options.

1) Change the SATA BIOS settings from AHCi to IDE , (but this option is not available on the 'Main window' on the BIOS version I have.

2) to install the required SATA driver from a third party (but the Acer has no floppy drive and don't know which driver to use anyway).

So can somebody please, please give me the solution to how I can get my Windows OS (on USB) to recognise the hard drive on my Acer Aspire One A150? I.e. if I need an additional SATA driver, where do I get it and how do I install it? Or if changing the BIOS is a better way, do I need to update the version so I can see the SATA settings?

Many thanks to all that can help! I really don't want to keep running Linux, Ubuntu etc...! :whistling:

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:57 PM

Splitted the post to a new thread.

It was here:
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=4900


I guess there is MUCH more than the SATA drivers needed.

However:
http://supportodrive...ogcaffe.it/?p=3
via Google translate:
http://translate.goo...t...en&ie=UTF-8

http://supportodrive..._aspire_one.rar
WARNING 63 Mbytes!

:whistling:

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P.S.: this may also be of interest to you:
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=8757

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:32 PM

Hi jaclaz,

Many thanks for the info - lets hope it's not more than just the SATA drivers. I just updated the BIOS to version 3310 but still no options to change the SATA settings, (wild stab in the dark).

Maybe the 63Mb RAR file would do the trick...but not sure if I can install the drivers using OS as Linux Linpus Lite?

Cheers :whistling:

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:38 PM

...but not sure if I can install the drivers using OS as Linux Linpus Lite?


Surely NOT.

You need to integrate (at least the Mass Storage) Drivers to your XP source.

See here:
http://www.msfn.org/...opic=107504&hl=

BUT:
what you probably want to do is to install XP from USB, for which you should most probably look here:
http://www.msfn.org/...p?showforum=157
and read about adding Drivers Pack to your source (it will be bigger, but I guess easier to create)

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:42 PM

From the original thread: Install XP from USB
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=4900

Supports the use of BTS DriverPacks located in OEM Folder on USB-Drive
http://driverpacks.net/downloads
For installing XP on modern systems with SATA Drives it is needed to use DPsBase.exe
for Integrating in your XPSOURCE BTS DriverPack Massstorage with TXT Mode Enabled.
In that case a lot of Extra RAID SCSI and SATA Drivers (about 120 extra) are Integrated and will appear in the
XP Setup BootFolder $WIN_NT$.~BT on USB-Drive and can prevent a lot of XP Installation Boot Problems.
First use RyanVM Integrator and then use DPsBase to Improve your XP-Source.
The program supplies a Customized presetup.cmd and changes the winnt.sif file for use of DriverPacks.



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Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:35 PM

Hi wimb,

Many thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I have the DPs_BASE_8125 program now, installed and ready to go but aren't quite sure which driver pack(s) I need for the Acer Aspire One AO150. Only available on torrents it seems...?

http://users.telenet...e/Eng_tut6b.htm just states "DriverPacks for your hardware", and the link shows so many to choose from... ;)

Any more help would be really appreciated, I 'think' I could almost be there! :whistling:

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:59 PM

Leave alone torrent links.

Get the packs ONLY from here:
http://driverpacks.n...verpacks/latest

As said you need at least the Mass Storage one.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:32 PM

Hi jaclaz,

Again thanks for taking the time to help out on this for me.
I downloaded DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_901 as a RAR file, extracted to the folder "DriverPacks" as created by DPs_BASE_8125. But there are no .7z files in the folders, (which I think DPs_BASE needs), only these folders...

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According to the site, I should be containing some (at least Mass storage) in this format...

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I'm doing something wrong, just don't know what. Any further help please?

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:40 PM

Simply click Download in:

http://driverpacks.n...ss-storage/9.01

Download to Folder DriverPacks created by DPs_BASE_8125.exe

Don't unpack anything, just run DPs_BASE.exe

Use DriverPack Massstorage with TXT Mode Enabled

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:40 PM

Hi jaclaz and wimb,

Just finished the slipstream (took 30 minutes) and as far as I can see was successful! Thanks so much to both of you. I'll try installing XP again tomorrow night and see if it recognises the hard drive this time. Who would have thought something presumed so simple could be so difficult (or at least to a novice like me!).

Anyway, if the installation doesn't work 'this' time, I guess I'll have to stick with plain old Linux!

Thanks again!

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 07:12 PM

Anyway, if the installation doesn't work 'this' time, I guess I'll have to stick with plain old Linux!


Well, NO. ;)

I mean, Linux is allright, of course B), but giving up is NOT an OPTION! :whistling:

Everyone has had difficulties at first, and the initial learning curve may be a bit steep, but would you sleep well (or at all :)) should you know half the world can see a big sign like this? :):
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:cheers:

:)

Go steve_01, go! :cheers:

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 05:26 PM

Go Steve go...! Like it! Unfortunatelty it's more like "No Steve no!" Still the same issues, blue screen of death...!
Do you think it could be something to do with OEM drivers not being included on the USB installation? Or these SATA drivers that seems to be all over Google? Completely confused now. My check list is as follows...

  • BIOS updated to version 3310
  • Start settings changed to boot from USB first
  • PEtoUSB to build the XP installation
  • Nlite to slipstream SP2
  • DPs_BASE to add "DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_901"

Is there something obvious I've missed out there? As always, any help is greatly appreciated! Patience growing weaker by the day and it will soon indeed be XP = 1 / Steve_01 = 0 :whistling:

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:27 PM

  • BIOS updated to version 3310
  • Start settings changed to boot from USB first
  • PEtoUSB to build the XP installation
  • Nlite to slipstream SP2
  • DPs_BASE to add "DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_901"

Is there something obvious I've missed out there?

There is a lot wrong in your approach:
- In general one should not without good reason update the BIOS
- For Install of XP from USB you should not prepare your drive with PeToUSB.
You can use PeToUSB to format the stick, but NOT as you say to "build the XP installation"
- Slipstreaming SP2 should not be done with nLite and certainly NOT on a source that is already on USB-stick.
- DPs_BASE must be applied on XP setup Source folder located on your harddisk and NOT on your USB-stick.

First slipstream SP3 and then DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_901 to prepare your XP Setup Source folder on harddisk.
Then use Make_USB.exe of U_XP_SET package to Format your USB-stick with NTFS and to copy the XP Setup Source folder.

I advice you to begin from scratch following carefully the steps described in
Install XP from USB AFTER Booting with PE from HDD or USB
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=21883

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 07:11 PM

Hi guys, just wanted to say thanks again for all your help! Today I finally installed XP on the Acer, such a releif! I ended up..

  • Copying XP set up to my hard disk this time :)
  • Using Nlite to integrate SP3
  • DPs_BASE.exe to add DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_901.7z
  • USB_MultiBoot_10 to make the XP installation on USB
Hey presto, installed first time. Then got the Acer drivers from the Acer FTP site and now I'm dancing around the room!!

Thanks again, you'll never know how much it meant to me!

Cheers,
Steve.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:29 PM

Hi Steve,

Happy you made it :)

Cheers :)

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:26 PM

As always, very happy to hear a report of success! :)

:D

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:17 PM

Hi everyone.... I'm back 1 year later (oh no I hear you cry....!)
The installing of XP has been a great success, and even now I'm still over the moon that your help got me there in the end!

Now, I have bought a new 'plug n play external drive',(160Gb) and created a 2Gb partition - thinking I can have my 'XP on a USB' on the same "physical drive", (rather than having to keep the USB stick separate). Any initial thoughts if this is possible please?

Would the partitioned drive show up as a separate drive to boot from in BIOS config? And would I create XP the same way as 1 year ago - think I can still remember! :hyper:

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:50 PM

September, summer is going to an end and people comes back....
...expecially Acer users...
...it must be the season, you are the second one in two days.... :)

The advice is the same as here:
http://www.boot-land...?...=12461&st=2
there have been some new enhancements in the meantime :hyper:, but of course the method you used will also work allright.

;)
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:17 PM

Wonko, that's great - thanks a million! Needed to know that going through the steps again won't be a complete waste of time, (but then again that's half the fun)! :hyper:

PS - I also spotted from the other post that I need to change the 'XP partition' to Primary from logical before it gets detected during setup - saved me having to add even more embarassing posts...!! Wish me luck.....! :)