These notebooks are supplied with a restricted BIOS and do not recognise SATA hard drives as "Native IDE". Because of this it is necessary to install the SATA controller drivers during the XP install using a USB floppy drive or "slipstream" them into the XP installation CD. As most users do not have floppy drives anymore slipstreaming is the only option.
1. Make the Vista Recovery Media. If the notebook develops a fault the TechGuys will not accept warranty claims unless the notebook has the original Advent Vista operating system installed.
2. Make a list of the hardware found in Vista Device Manager, this will help searching for drivers.
3. Go to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager web page and download the drivers. Ignore the floppy configuration name, just unzip the drivers. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_ ... 1&lang=eng
4.Use the guide found at http://www.msfn.org/board/Integration-I ... 07504.html