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#1 madman6510

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:04 AM

I'm upgrading to XP Pro from Home, and I can't figure out what drivers I need. My computer is a Lenovo 3000 J115, and my HDD is a 250GB WD 2500JS. I'm at the driver download page for the drivers, and don't know if I need the SIIG Serial ATA Controller Card Driver or the WD Serial ATA RAID Controller Card Driver, or are none of those right? I'm really confused right now...

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:12 AM

is it xp pro 32 bit or xp pro 64 bit??...I have pro 32 bit, and i didn't have to do anything with drivers coming off of my xp home install..worked wonders..however it was a streamlined version of sp2 because xp with sp1 will only read hdd's up to 137gb ..so if you have ANY INFO ON YOU HD THAT YOU DONT WANT TO BE DELETED...DO NOT INSTALL XP WITH SP1!!!! this happened to me!!!! everything on my 320gb seagate went bye-bye!...so only install it if it is a streamlined sp2 version!!! if it is sp1..than make sure you have everything on your hdd backed up or if it's a fresh install because everything will be lost..even if you are using a previously partitioned drive!!!

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:13 AM

The CD is 32bit SP2.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:16 AM

btw..as far as I know, if you just have a single hdd, then you don't need any type of raid controller....also, dachew or possibly usasma, i believe, informed me that the 64 bit pro's have had some driver troubles...

ok..if you have 32 bit, you should be all systems go for an install, but with ANY big software change as a new O/S is, backup your important files if it is NOT a fresh install...

Edited by PC GEEK, 30 January 2008 - 12:15 AM.


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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:17 AM

Ok, I'll try installing tomorrow and see if it works.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:16 PM

If it's an upgrade - then you won't need the drivers (it'll get them from the previous installation). If you're starting over fresh, then you'll need the drivers (this is the recommended method).

You'll have to locate the drive controller (not the drive itself) in Device Manager to see what it is. Go to Start...Run...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Post back if you have difficulties with it (there's other ways to figure it out).
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:01 PM

as far as I can tell you might need the chipset driver(nvidia) when loading the OS first

a quick check is just test with a bootable xp cd and see if it sees your hard drive, no big deal, just a test

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...ocid=MIGR-66103

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-66153.html

ibm's site is a mess, procede at your own risk

saw a lot of bios updates?
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:26 PM

after downloading and extracting the driver files, it looks like the sata uses ide emulation, I couldn't find a good floppy option

of course that figures since such a devise(floppy) is an endangered species

Edited by DaChew, 31 January 2008 - 12:27 PM.

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