The Dell XP Pro disk already contains the necessary SATA RAID/AHCI drivers for installation, so you don't need to try to add the drivers using the F6 key - floppy drive method. My experience was when I tried to add the SATA driver using the F6 - floppy drive method, installation of XP Pro wouldl fail and give a BSOD. I went round and round with Dell support about this and even wrote Dell HQ a letter concerning their XP disk because technically it was not built correctly as it will not allow a person to use any SATA driver(s) using the F6 key method. The OS disk will recognize the SATA driver as the same or even as newer, however, it would always fail installation. Finally, I tried just letting the disk install itself and it worked.
Try installing the OS and see if it will install by itself.
After OS installation, install the chipset driver, reboot, and then install any updated SATA driver (personally, I am using Intel's) and they work just fine. SATA drivers can be updated after OS installation. While it would be nice to use updated SATA drivers at the time of installation, I have found that Dell's XP Pro disk will not allow you to do it.
As an FYI, I am on a Dell Dimension 9100, bought in July 05 using Dell XP Pro disk.
Since I'm using XP Pro, I'm unsure about any other Dell OS disk. However, there is a good probability that they will be built accordingly.
Message Edited by J03 on 02-04-2006 06:19 PM
Also, I wonder if your XP Pro disk has become damaged in some way (just a thought).
Message Edited by J03 on 02-05-2006 12:55 PM