How To Upgrade From IDE to AHCI mode after XP Install

Discussion in 'Windows' started by Plastikman, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Plastikman


    Feb 26, 2009
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    How To Upgrade From IDE to AHCI mode after XP Install.

    This is For the D150 10" model.

    I assume it is similar for the 8.6"

    This is NOT the correct way to do this, But it works.
    The best way is to slipstream the drivers into Your XP CD.
    This is a Jurryrig method for those that did not.
    There should be another way by making registry edits and manually adding drivers. I'll test that method also.

    Perform this at your own Risk, i assume no responsibility if You blow up the planet doing this. It has worked fine for me several times.

    Be warned if you do this wrong, you can get stuck in a looping BSOD on boot.
    you might want to back up your data and make sure you have a way to recover if something goes wrong!!

    I am assuming You already installed the chipset driver in IDE mode.

    Before You start, You will need the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager" for the AHCI chipset.
    I used V8.0.0.1039 for this Tutorial. You can download it from Acer HERE

    Go ahead and extract that to a temporary location, We will need it later.

    OK, Lets start by opening up the System Properties.

    Next, We select the "Hardware" tab and hit the "Device Manager" Button.

    Open up the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller" Section.
    If You are in IDE mode, You should see "Intel(R) 82801 GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller) - 27C4" and 2 IDE Channels.


    Next, Right click on the "Intel(R) 82801 GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller) - 27C4" and select "Update Driver"

    The Update Hardware Wizard will pop up.

    Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)"

    hit Next.


    Chose "Don't search. I will chose the driver to install"
    Hit "Next"


    Now You should see the following Screen, Select "Have Disk"


    Browse to the Temp folder we created for the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager_Intel_v8.0.0.1039_WHQL" in the beginning.

    STOP! do not select that folder.


    Inside this folder, You will see 2 sub-folders.
    "F6Flpy32" and "F6Flpy64".


    Open up "f6flpy32"
    Select "iaAHCI.inf" and hit "Open"


    Hit "OK"


    Continued in next post
    Plastikman, Mar 10, 2009
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  2. Plastikman


    Feb 26, 2009
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    Continued from Above:

    We will now see a list of all the available chipset Drivers in the INF file.

    For the D150 10" we want the "Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller"
    If Your Chipset is different, Select the correct chipset.

    Hit "Next"


    We will get a "Warning Message"
    Hit "Yes"


    It will copy the files to your /Windows/System32/Drivers folder for you.

    Select "Finish"


    Windows might Complain that it needs to reboot.


    Hit "NO"

    We are almost done.... 1 more device.
    We need to update the "Primary IDE Channel" now

    As you can see in the image, The controller is now "Changed" (but not using the new drivers yet)
    Select the "Primary IDE Channel"


    We start the same as before, Right click, Update Drivers.

    "Install from a Specific location"


    Nothing fancy this time, It knows what it needs.
    select "Primary IDE Channel"
    Hit "Next"


    Once that is installed, Windows is going to demand a "Reboot" You can hit "OK/yes".
    I prefer to say "NO" and then tell windows to "Shut Down".

    The NEXT step IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! otherwise all of this was for nothing!
    DO NOT boot into windows!

    When the Netbook Restarts, Hit "F2" To enter the Bios.
    In the Bios, Set the SATA mode from IDE to AHCI.
    Hit F10 to save.

    Reboot into windows and do nothing! it will start detecting the new AHCI mode and start switching Drivers.
    It will then Demand a reboot once it is done.

    Reboot and enjoy your netbook in AHCI Mode.

    it should look like this after reboot.


    Still editing this
    Plastikman, Mar 10, 2009
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  3. Plastikman


    Sep 13, 2008
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    why is AHCI better then AHCI ?

    sorry if it's a stupid question
    amr27, Mar 11, 2009
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