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Slipstreaming Windows XP



  • edited Aug 2009
    Great guide, I've made a slipstream disc to incorporate my RAID drivers into an XP Pro install...problem is, my product code is no longer being accepted? I've made the disc label the same as the original disc but I'm thinking it's got something to do with me adding SP3 to the slipstreamed disc.
  • edited Oct 2009
    Complicated; NEED HELP. I have tried slipstreaming before with my friends gateway laptop with Nlite and could not get it to work. I then found out a site that told me what to download to a floppy, bought a usb floppy and got xp to install. New laptop now, for work.

    Acer aspire 5535
    AMD Turion X2
    320 seagate sata HDD
    Had vista on it

    Already did the research the chipset is "amd 770g"
    I have done a million things to get this to work and still no success. I am using a windows xp pro student edition if that matters. I followed the slipstreaming process on this site to a "T" and I get a blue window during the initial loading where on the bottom of the screen in light grey you see what is loading. Right after I load just about everything
    I get an error stating "The file ahcix64.sys cannot be found Press any key to continue" and when I do it restarts.

    In your driver pack for amd you do not have that driver, so I don't know what to do. I did the next best thing. So i manually put the "ahcix86.sys" file from your Driver/amd/sb700/x86 folder, onto the new install disk via the explore tab in NLite at the end after you create an .iso file. I manually coppied the file into the "I386" folder and both the folders I386/nldvr/001 - I386/nldvr/002. Now so you know I did find a file called ahcix86.sy_ which it labels as a SY_ file and not a system file like the computer said it was missing.

    Now the computer hangs up at the same point and displays the same error.

    I have downloaded the chipset driver from acer for xp and it is kinda complicated. If you reply to this i will send you pics.

    I know that my problem is with the driver for the chipset section, I really need some more precise help. I understand computers well, just not programming. Thank you for the help.
  • edited Oct 2009
    Hey I fixed the issue. And of course it was my mistake. You see, when I first inserted drivers I added both yours and the new ones that I downloaded from acer. Unfortunatly I did not understand the x64 and the x86. Now I do. For some reason when you download the acer chipset driver, they give you both and you only want one. My particular version of xp is 32 bit and for soem reason that correspondes to the X86 where as the 64 bit version corresponds to the X64 which actually makes sense.

    My other issue was that I had to start from scratch with NLite. If i loaded previous settings it only added them to the disk even though after a load I deleted the ones on there previously. Hard to understand that one but hey so far so good. I have at least made it to the formatting screen so we will see how it continues to go. Once again thank you for this amazingly well put instruction set on NLite. You are a life saver.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Glad you got everything sorted out! :D
  • Sledgehammer70Sledgehammer70 California Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    So i am jumping into this guide in hopes to get XP installed on my new system. I think the SATA drivers were the issue. But I have my first disc spitting out & will report what happens when i try it out :)
  • Sledgehammer70Sledgehammer70 California Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    I ran into a snag where I jacked something up and when i re did everything somehow Service pack 3 copied over 2 times making the Windows CD folder to big to put on 1 disc. I re did the entire process and now have the size down to just over 400MB. Disc install & test to come.
  • edited Oct 2009

    I want to thank you and this forum, it saved me big time. About 4 weeks ago my PC died. The MOBO and the power supply died. I RMA'd them both but had a spare POwersupply, I needed to get the my gaming rig up and running again. I purchased a new MOBO.

    I was running Raid on my old ASUS P5N32-sli. The new board I purchased, (could not wait for RMA). The new one was a P5Q Turbo, I received it started the installation and wanted to load the Raid drivers. Guess what no Floppy drive connector. I called ASUS their response was try slipstreaming since XP will only accept drivers from floppys. I did some researchand downloaded nLite and make a disk, it got me further, them I had a "jraid.sys is corrupt" and installation would quit. I thought maybe I messed up the slipstream disk, so I made another, no joy. I was chocked, I phoned ASUS again, they said an external Floppy should do the trick, so I bought one. Got it home and make the RAID disk, was pumped, only to find it would not work either. I Then phoned Windows a few time spoke to a person that spent lots of time listining to the problems. But after about 1 hour on the phone, was informed only way I could get it working was but the full version of Windows 7. That made me mad enough I googled some more and got a hit on this web site. I followed your instructions made a slipstream disk, and XP installed first try. I am sorry for the long response, I was at my wits end and your forum helped me. I will be on here a lot more looking for info.

    Thanks Again
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    I'm so glad that Icrontic could help you. :) Thank you for taking the time to let us know!
  • edited Nov 2009

    This link is dead: http://icrontic.com/downloads/slipstream_windows_xp_drivers

    What is the new link for your driver repository
  • jaredjared College Station, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2009
    Ryan, you should be able to grab it from:

    cheers :jared:
  • edited Nov 2009
    I need SATA drivers for my laptop, but cannot find them in the inf format.

    IBM Thinkpad X61
    Intel’s GM965 Express chipset

    Does anyone know where to find these?
  • edited Nov 2009
    Thanks for the link, Jared!
  • edited Dec 2009
    Am I safe in assuming (I know what that usually means) that the SP3 download is the same for XP Home as well as XP Pro? From everything I've researched it appears to be the case but would like to be sure. Thanks in advance!
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Dec 2009
    That is a safe assumption. :)
  • edited Jan 2010
    This guide is great! I've been looking into slipstreaming for awhile and have found mixed reviews on the process and difficulty...most complaining about many "coasters" as a result...burning my first compilation -- will report back!
  • edited Mar 2010
    Hi -
    First of all, thanks for this site. I'm hoping it will help me when I replace my faulty IDE hdd with a SATA hdd. My mobo is a Gigabyte (GA-7DX rev4.1) and I'd be surprised if it supports SATA, so I plan to use an IDE-SATA adapter. If the mobo is also faulty, then I have the hdd to use in a new build. So my first question to you is this: will I still need the SATA drivers for Win XP to recognise my hdd?
    My second question: If I have .NET Framework 1.2, .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, and also .NET Framework 3.0 SP2 already installed, do I still need to install .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 (as advised on page 1 of your instructions)?
    Thank you for considering these questions.
  • edited Jan 2011
    i didnt know my southbridge but i did find a great free program that told me everything i needed to know, i want to share it if thats ok,, havent tried to do the slipstream yet, got stumped on which amd southbridge i had,, i have ati sb600,, so now i know which to choose.

  • edited Mar 2011
    I thank you first off for the great info advised. My question is in regards to the SATA drivers. I have a biostar MB and the Southbridge is Via. I cant seem to find the drivers. I found the hyperion pro 4 n 1 but, which is the correct .inf file and do I need more than one file? TIA
  • edited Jun 2011
    I was fine until you mentioned 1C: Lastly, prepare a directory structure as seen in figure 1-1:

    Fig. 1-1: Choose an empty folder and create these directories inside of it.

    then i was lost
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jun 2011
    1) create a new folder (call it "WinSlip" for kicks)
    2) create new folders according to figure 1-1 inside the new folder you created in step 1
  • edited Jun 2011
    Invaluable info. Thanks for being here. My question is: will this all work on WN XP 64 bit?
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jun 2011
    jeff wrote:
    Invaluable info. Thanks for being here. My question is: will this all work on WN XP 64 bit?

    I'm not authoritative as I moved on past XP a long time ago, but I think so.
  • Thankks for this great step by step guide! I want to try it but I cannot get the SATA drivers from your link. Please recommend another link.
    Many thanks!
  • Hi!
    I finally got the drivers and followed your guide. Before installing Windows I changed BIOS settings to AHCI. The installation was good and Windows is operating in AHCI mode.
    What puzzles me is that in Device Manager under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, there is no mention of Serial ATA - only primary and secondary IDE and standard dual channel PCI IDE controllers.
    I have located the slipstreamed drivers in Windows/NLDRV/001. Am I getting the most out of my SATA drive? Is the controller installed?
    Thank you.
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