I've got XP installed on my new 1737, however I can't find an Intel Matrix Storage Manager package that will work. I've tried installing various Intel MSM packages, but they all come back with a message at the end "this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software" and it aborts. I would like to enable the SATA AHCI mode. I think the 1737 is an Intel "P45" chipset with an ICH9 controller ??
Is there not an option in the BIOS to change to drive's 'operation mode' from ATA - AHCI... or vice-versa?
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Yes, there is an option to switch modes, but if XP is installed in IDE mode and then the BIOS switched to AHCI, the system will BSOD on boot. I've slipstreamed the ICH9M/M-E drivers into an XP SP3 install CD using nLite, and while that completes the install and gets me a little farther, the system BSOD's on first boot. Installing the ICH9M/M-E drivers via the F6 floppy boot method also BSOD's. I'm starting to wonder if the Studio 1737 is so new (and it's A04 BIOS is dated 11/26/08) that there's something the existing Intel iaStor.sys driver doesn't understand.
I finally figured out how to get the AHCI mode working in XP, unfortunately there was no performance improvement. HDTach registered the same throughput on the 320GB 5400rpm drive in standard IDE mode or in AHCI mode with the enhanced Intel drivers.