As I read it somewhere a while back (maybe in NForcershq forum), in order to install SATA controller during Windows installation (that you don't have to press F6), you need to modify the file called <b><font color=red>Txtsetup.sif</b></font color=red> in Windows XP CD (it contains all drivers that Windows Setup going to load when it initializes) by adding an entry for your SATA controller.
<b><A HREF="http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8892&po..." target="_new"><font color=green>Making XP CD with all drivers</A></b></font color=green>
:smile: Good or Bad have no meaning at all, depends on what your point of view is.
I have a degree in computer science and people just sort of expect me to know how to do these things (even though you don't and shouldn't learn anything about PCs in a decent CIS program).
Anyway I hate wasting time. Sitting in front of a PC screen answering stupid questions the installed could have asked all at one is a wast of time. A half hour of my life gone for ever and nothing to show for it.
So instead whenever I need to install XP or anyone I know needs to install XP I just spend 1 minute customizing the answer file and burn a CD.
Of course once I install XP on a particular machine I imediately create a ghost image so I never have to do it again.
So far I spent about a hour researching how to install integrate custom storage/RAID drivers into XP. Easiest method is to use n-lite which reads the driver files and modifies txtsetup.sif amoung other things. It can also remove unneeded drivers so they don't load shaving minutes off the install time.
Assuming what I learned works it will be well worth the hour investment.
If I don't need to do it now with this motherboards SATA controller, I will eventually need to do it with a RAID card or something