Dialing back to XP - SATA driver/slipstream/txtsetup.oem problems
So I just got my Dell 1721 with dual RAID 0 160 gig drives. Want to dial it back to Windows XP, but having problems with XP setup not seeing my drives.
I set the SATA operation in BIOS to RAID Autodetect/ATA. I downloaded the SATA driver from Dell (R167809.EXE, unzipped to give me ahcix86s.inf, however same file for both Vista and XP on Dell). I slipstreamed the driver into nLite (I also upgraded XP to SP 2, and included a package of hotfixes etc. from http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/updatepack.html, very neat site. Don't know if these additions are part of problem or not).
This did not work. XP installation did not recognize drives.
So, Plan B, had a USB Floppy A (my one and only thanks to wife's IMac). Put ahcix86s.inf on the floppy, tried F6 approach on XP install. XP recognized floppy, but got message "txtsetup.oem" not found. Found a general format for this kind of file on Microsoft site, but need the specifics for my computer and don't know where to get it.
Re: Dialing back to XP - SATA driver/slipstream/txtsetup.oem problems
Windows XP doesn't use the " txtsetup.oem ".
There should be a file in the i386 directory of the CD called " WINNT.SIF ".
I take it that you are not using a Dell OEM CD for the installation of Windows? If you are then the winnt.sif file should be there in the I386 Directory already. It is a text file and also contains the CD install key for Dell SLP Coded BIOS.