If I may I'll try jumping in and lending some small advice (although you may have tried this already) even if windows installations are detecting your hard drives properly, have you tried specifying the sata drivers by hand using F6 at the beginning of the install? I've had issues like that before where the XP SP2/SP3 disk would detect the drive properly, but when it came time to actually install it would BSOD on me. Just my two cents
Considering this is a brand new board and that he has his bios set to IDE Compatible he should be having no problems.
If I restart and hit F6 while booting will it be fairly apparent what I should do once I get there? I've never seen the screen that will come up.
When you "press any key to load from CD" you screen should go blue and at the very bottom it will say "Press F6 to specify additional SCSI/RAID drivers" press F6 then a bunch of times then wait till it asks you to insert a floppy with the drivers on them. Make sure they're the newest ones!
@enaberif: My Crosshair has this exact same problem. XP SP2 install disk will detect the drivers and attempt to install... then BSOD. With the latest drivers on a floppy = no issues.
Also, remember that the Ubuntu you used is 8.04 - Hardy Heron, which is much much newer than XP SP2 and has more recent drivers. Also, it uses a RAMdisk to load the OS untill you actually install it physically on your hard drive(s).
I have the windows cd in the drive and a floppy ready with the drivers. when I start it up it gets to the point where it is asking if I want to boot from cd with a black background and a flashing cursor. I hit enter or F6 at that point hoping it will bring up the blue screen you mention but instead it comes up with a black screen with Windows Boot Manager at the top.
I can chose
windows setup [EMS Enabled]
I can press F8 for advanced options or
I can run the windows memory diagnostic.
If I wait a bit longer for the blue screen it just starts loading the windows files, then of course it BSOD.
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