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A friend bought a new desktop system (Gateway) that appears to have the SATA controller mode locked in RAID. He says there is no way to change this in the BIOS. It is a DX4800-05e, fwiw.

He needs to load XP on this system, which is how he found this problem.

There appears to be no XP drivers for this chipset, although to be honest, after a pretty extensive search, it's not clear exactly what chipset he has.

I am thinking that a PCI-E SATA card might save the day. They are cheap, and easy to install. He's not going to need RAID or even multiple drives, although he could probably use 2 ports.

That aside, the key question is: will he be able to boot from drive attached to a PCI-E SATA controller?

I am suspect of this, as it may not be detected by BIOS.
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He should be able to. My friend had a SATA card on his old P4 rig and booted from it.
    
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That aside, the key question is: will he be able to boot from drive attached to a PCI-E SATA controller?
I've done it but if his BIOS is locked to RAID maybe it's locked to other things...like what can be bootable?

Looks like that machine was made for Newegg to run Vista? I found this comment..
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Unless you have a brick wall and a FLOPPY drive handy, DON'T try to install Win XP. That's right, I said FLOPPY, as in 3.5" old, laying around collecting dust FLOPPY drive. The nVidia RAID controller is not supported with XP. Unfortunately, XP is a requirement for my office software... so...
As you know the controller cards are cheap soo no big deal but there's no way I'd be the support person for that Gateway 'custom' computer.

But if you're gonna do it anyway, let us know how it works out!
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Just trying to help a friend out - he's in NJ or I'd love to get my hands on it. Not sure he'd get it back in working condition, though! (I'd use the MB for target practice!)..

I sent him the link to this thread so by now hopefully he's looking at SATA cards on the 'egg!
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OK, I have confirmed it will work, at least on *my* system (sig rig)..

I've been playing around with cheap PCI-E RAID cards, so I pulled all my drives except the boot (Intel X25 SSD) and storage (WD Green 1TB), left the WD on the Intel controller but put the SSD on a cheap-a$$ Bytec BT-PESAPA..

Was able to change the HD's so that the Intel on the BT RAID card was primary, then boot to it - posting from there now.

Now, in my case, I did load RAID drivers in the OS first, but this particular card supports XP, and has instructions for creating an XP driver disk to be used at boot in the driver package, so I have no reason to think it wouldn't work..

An interesting note - the card's controller is a JMB36X, which only supports RAID mode (no "ACHI" or "IDE" options) BUT my X25 was partitioned in RAID mode on my ICH10R. It works just fine, so whatever "RAID" data the Intel uses is compatible with this JMicron controller. Interesting..

Here's another less amazing fact. Look at the difference between the drive performance connected to the onboard ICH10R and the JMB36X - I'll let you figure out which is which!
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Cool beans, I hope he has the option to boot from add in cards and he should be good to go!

That card looks pretty decent to me but I've never seen that chip (JMB36X)only support RAID. It must be able to do a little bit of everything.

Looks to me that if that doesn't work, nothing will!

Good luck to both you guys and eflyguy....I hope the long distance support doesn't last forever!
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That's what worries me. If his MB won't let him put his SATA controller in any mode besides RAID, what else won't it let him do?

Long distance support is what we all do here every day, really.. globally, too!
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