Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) refers to an interface that hard disk drives, solid-state drives and optical drives use to connect to a computer. The Acer 1410 comes with a SATA hard drive. To run Windows XP on an Acer 1410, you must install the SATA device driver during the set-up process, as Windows XP doesn't have inherent SATA support. If you attempt to install Windows XP without loading the SATA driver beforehand, the Windows XP installation CD will fail to detect the drive.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista provide native support for SATA devices, so you do not need to install the SATA driver, as both operating systems are capable of automatically detecting the SATA hard drive.
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Things you need
- Floppy disk
- External USB floppy disk drive
- Windows XP installation CD
Direct your Web browser to the "Us.acer.com" website. Click on "Support," then click "Drivers and Downloads" to go to the "Download" page.
Select "Notebook" as the product family. Select "Aspire" as the product line. Select "Aspire 1410 (11.6")" or "Aspire 1410 (15.4")," depending on the size of your Acer 1410 screen.
Select "Windows XP" from the drop-down menu. Find "SATA AHCI Driver" in the list of device drivers.
Click the download button to the left of the "AHCI" driver and save the file to your desktop. Go to the desktop when the file transfer is complete and double-click on the downloaded ZIP file.
Double-click "AHCI_Intel_v.188.8.131.529_XPx86" and then the "inf" folder. Connect a floppy disk USB drive to a USB port and insert a blank floppy disk into the drive.
Press the "Windows" and "E" keys simultaneously to open Windows Explorer. Drag the ".inf" file from the "inf" folder and drop it onto the floppy drive. Remove the disk with the transfer is complete.
Insert the Windows XP installation CD and restart the computer. Press "F12" on the boot screen and select "CD/DVDROM" as the boot device. Press "Enter."
Press any key when prompted to boot from the XP CD. Press "F6" on the "Windows Setup" screen.
Press "S." Insert the floppy disk when prompted and press "Enter." Select the SATA driver you downloaded and press "Enter" to install the driver to the Windows XP system.
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