"Ralphw" <Ralphw.email@example.com> wrote in message
> New to the forum and somewhat new to Vista. By way of some background,
> I've been building my own systems since Win 3.1 and 20 Meg hard drives
> so I have some experience.
> Here's the issue...
> I've been trying to install Vista Home Premium (clean install from
> Upgrade media) on my primary desktop for over a week with major issues.
> Most appear to be driver related on an nVidia board using nForce drivers
> for the SATA control. I installed using the default drivers that Vista
> loaded and had to deal with multiple hangs during installation. Finally
> got it installed only to have it hang during Win Update and blue screen,
> then fail to boot. Recovery was unsuccessful and so another reinstall
> was done. Next blue screen ended up with a "Corrupt or missing" error on
> ci.dll and absolutely no ability to reboot to Windows.
> Decided I'd had enough and went to reinstall XP. Now I have issues with
> the drives being accessible to either XP setup or Vista setup. Tried
> loading SATA drivers and nothing worked. No drives visible.
Stop right there. In the case of either XP or Vista you will need to install
your SATA drivers at the beginning of the installation
or there is no sense in going any further.
With Vista you will be asked for add'l drivers and Vista will accept them on
either a floppy or CD
with XP, you need to hit F6 when asked for add'l drivers and you will need
them on a floppy
If XP or Vista cannot find the drivers then you either made the floppy
incorrectly (VIZ: forgot to extract the drivers if zipped etc)
or else they are just plain...the incorrect drivers.
I'd go the the manufacturer's website and download the latest SATA driver
for both XP and for Vista
then start over from scratch
BTW: I suggest you only use Vista if your hardware has been made within the
last year or two.
If your machine is 2 -3 years old or more...Just install XP and do not go
with Vista for now