Posted 10 October 2009 - 12:14 PM
Hello! I have a Dell 8400 with Intel Pentium IV, 3.4 Ghz.
Chipset = Intel 925X Express
Memory Controller 82925X
I/O Controller Intel 82801FR I/O Controller Hub (ICH6R)
Running Windows XP Home (SP3)
I have 2 PATA drives (DVD-ROM and DVD Writer) and I have 3 SATA Drives. One SATA drive has my Windows XP Home OS and all of my system drivers, programs, etc. The other 2 SATA drives are for storage (MP3 files, photos, movies, etc.). All of my SATA and PATA drives are in working order.
I removed my original hard drive (with the original OS) and replaced it with a larger SATA drive. This was a new hard drive and it was in working order. I had issues installing the Windows XP OS onto the new drive so I went to a "professional". Long story, but I wasn't happy with the job performed and I won't go back to him for any fixes...
So now I have my computer back, the OS is running fine, but only the 2 DVD (PATA) drives and the hard drive with the OS are recognized. Everything is connected and I did some Googling (a dangerous thing, admittedly) and then I jumped into BIOS. Instead of the "RAID Autodetect - AHCI" option, the "Combination" (AHCI & ATA?) option was selected. I know my computer previously had the AHCI option selected, so I switched it back. I made sure that SATA drive was the first option on boot-up, I made sure that all of the drives were "turned on"/recognized in BIOS -- I was feeling pretty good.
Then I rebooted. I didn't get the Blue Screen of Death but I did get the "Apologies...Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused..." message. I tried safe mode, last known good configuration -- nothing worked. The only thing that works is if I go back into BIOS and change the SATA Configuration back to Combination (my 2 SATA drives are not recognized) or to "RAID ONLY" (which recognizes one of my extra SATA drives but not the other one).
Based on that dangerous Googling, I think that if I can successfully get SATA Configuration to accept AHCI and reboot, I should be OK with all three SATA drives and the two DVD drives to be recognized. And life will be good again!! I've read of other folks having issues because of missing AHCI drivers. That might be the case with me.
I "can't" go through a process that reinstalls Windows XP from scratch -- the "professional" lost my reinstall disks and I have so many problems getting and installing drivers from Dell.
Can anyone help me out? I've never had anything but good luck with BleepingComputer so I'm hoping to keep my luck running!! Thanks in advance.