If you want to enable SATA Native Mode on your computer AFTER installing Windows XP follow this procedure.
For whatever reason, you may have installed Windows XP on your new laptop with SATA Native Mode disabled in the BIOS. Once XP is installed, enabling it in the BIOS will result in a BSOD upon loading Windows because XP doesn’t have the correct drivers.
Enabling SATA native mode will give you a slight performance increase and slightly increased battery life.
Download the Intel Matrix Storage Manager software for your computer from the manufacturer’s web site
Run it, by default it will save some files to C:\ before it runs setup and tells you that the software is not supported
Now open up a command prompt, go to the folder where the files were extracted and run the following command to extract the driver files: “setup -A -P”path of the extracted files” (without the quotes and there is no space between -P and the path)
Accept the license agreement, it extracts some files. The files you’re interested in are now in a “Driver” subfolder of the original folder and include the following :iaahci.cat, iaahci.inf, iastor.cat, iastor.inf, iastor.sys, TXTSSETUP.OEM
Now go to Device Manager, under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers you should see something like : Intel 82801GBM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller
Right-Click on that and select Update Driver
Say no to connecting to Windows Update to search, hit Next
Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), hit Next
Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install”, hit Next
Select Have Disk
Browse to the Driver folder and highlight the iastor.inf file, hit Open
Now you should have a list of controllers. **WARNING** Selecting the wrong controller for your computer will prevent it to boot, causing BSOD. Make sure you select the right controller for your particular computer ! See this thread on HP forums for the controller inside some laptops: http://forums.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do?threadId=1057792
You’ll get warned that installing the device driver is not recommended, click Yes to continue installing
Click Yes to restart your computer
When your computer boots up, you need to to enter the BIOS. Change SATA Native Mode to Enabled, save changes and exit.
After you log into Windows, your computer will find the “new” hardware. Wait until you get the popup message to restart your computer, say Yes to restart one last time.