I have searched fairly widely across the Internet and most of the comments appear to refer to the use of drivers based on a floppy disk for installation with Windows. However, in my case, the disk is not even seen within the BIOS so the floppy disk part of the process is either irrelevant or premature. Those comments that cover the BIOS stage of the process appear to suggest changing various options regarding IDE/RAID settings and/or enabling SATA/RAID.
I have an MSI K8TM/K8MM motherboard - MS6741 Ver 1, the BIOS is version 1.6 which I believe to be the latest.
The SATA disk is a Hitachi Deskstar 160 GB drive - HDS5121616PLA380
I have tried the disk (and power/connection cables) on another system so know that it is working.
Within the BIOS the CMOS screen only indicates the IDE drives (with only the CD/DVD drive indicated).
In the Advanced BIOS Features screen the Boot Sequence only includes the CD/DVD drive and the Floppy Drive.
Within the PNP/PCI screen, the only potential settings that I believe might be of interest here are Plug and Play OS and IDE Busmaster, both of which are Enabled.
The Integrated Peripherals screen offers 3 options that might cover the SATA drives:
VT8237 PATA-IDE Controller - Enabled (with the options either Disabled/Enabled)
VT8237 SATA-IDE Controller - Enabled (with the options either Disabled/Enabled)
Onboard AC'97 Audio - Enabled (with the options either Disabled/Enabled) - The manual suggests that this actually includes 1394, SATA and AC'97 Audio, whereas the screen has an additional 1394 option above this. However, this is also enabled.
Virtually all the setting options only allow Disabled/Enabled.
I have tried various options within these, such as disabling the PATA option, but cannot guarantee that I have tried every permutation of the collective options.
I have several screen shots but don't know how to include them in this posting. If anyone can tell me I will happily post or email them.
My question is whether anyone has used this board with a SATA drive as the only drive and what combination of settings allow it to be used. I have not found anything other than those mentioned above that cover using/setting the SATA for IDE or RAID (the latter not being what I want anyhow).
Any help, greatly appreciated