I have found it! It WAS a setting in BIOS.
If anyone else is having trouble finding it, it was...
Main -> IDE Configuration
with the following settings...
Onboard IDE Controller [Enabled]
OnChip S-ATA Controller [Enabled]
SATA Mode Select [SATA Mode]
also, nVidia RAID function [Disabled] -- but I suspect that can be enabled without conflict
Hope that helps someone, sooo glad I finally found it.
my setup is: Intel Dp35Dp motherboard, Core2duo,4gbDDR2, Geforce 8500GT and segate 7200sata (xp sp3)
i want to replace the seagte hd and want to install a x25-M ssd as c drive ( maybe partition to 60gb/100gb)
shall i do the same process like a normal sata? plz help me do this setup.
I always remember having to install SATA drivers for my PCI SATA card as XP didn't have those drivers when you were doing a clean install. I recall the drivers were on a floppy. Hardware certainly changes over the years. I'd expect XP will be excellent with your SSD