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Windows XP Professional Installation Stops At Blue Please Wait Screen

I have a very old computer with two Western Digital 60 GB IDE Hard Drives. They are also incredibly old. I feel these are the problem because I accidentally deleted RAID off of them. I am trying to install Windows XP Professional onto this computer. But after I choose to install Windows, the setup takes me to a screen that reads, "Windows Setup" at the top and, "Please Wait..." at the bottom in a gray bar. I left it that way all night to see if it was installing Windows behind the screen or something. No such luck. Help for my problems would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and knowledge.
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    to install windows an a raid array you have to pres F6 and install the raid drivers first. Since the drives were already set up as a raid once, windows is still looking for the drivers. The last time I did install Windows XP on a raid array, the drivers came on a floppy disk, then I could use the CD-rom to install Windows XP

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=installing+windows+xp+with+raid+drivers
  2. egilbe said:
    to install windows an a raid array you have to pres F6 and install the raid drivers first. Since the drives were already set up as a raid once, windows is still looking for the drivers. The last time I did install Windows XP on a raid array, the drivers came on a floppy disk, then I could use the CD-rom to install Windows XP


    With the Hard Drives being so old, I dont have the drivers anymore. however I do have floppies. Do you have an idea of where I could find the drivers online? I also see places where I can create a USB image without a floppy for the drivers. But other places say that ATA hard drives only need the OS to get their drivers and that AHCI Hard Drives are what need the third party drivers. Not sure what mine are, but they once ran xp with no trouble.
  3. Hi

    Without knowing which motherboard and whether the raid controller is integrated on motherboard or not
    (then RAID Controller model) no one can answer your question

    You could use the RAID controller bios to break the raid and go back to standard ATA (IDE)

    The website of motherboard manufacturer will usually have the F6 RAID controller driver for XP / 2k 2003 and latter Windows

    You need a PC on the Internet which has a Floppy disk if you want to download the F6 XP RAID driver

    USB floppy drives are sometimes useful for solving the lack of floppy drives on modern PC's

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  4. mbarnes86 said:
    Hi

    Without knowing which motherboard and whether the raid controller is integrated on motherboard or not
    (then RAID Controller model) no one can answer your question

    You could use the RAID controller bios to break the raid and go back to standard ATA (IDE)

    The website of motherboard manufacturer will usually have the F6 RAID controller driver for XP / 2k 2003 and latter Windows

    You need a PC on the Internet which has a Floppy disk if you want to download the F6 XP RAID driver

    USB floppy drives are sometimes useful for solving the lack of floppy drives on modern PC's

    regards

    Mike Barnes


    The motherboard is an Intel D865PERL if that helps.
  5. Thanks to everyone that helped. It wasn't anything to do with drivers. I just had to disable RAID in bios and set it to Plug and Play OS ON. Also removed one hard drive and that did the trick. Thanks again. I'm sure I'll have more questions. Until next time!
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