As far as i am aware evene though the option is in the BIOS, i don't think this board should support AHCI, hence why there is no driver.
That is a false information.
According to the NM10 chipset datasheet (http://www.intel.com/Assets/PDF/datasheet/322896.pdf) section 5.16.5 "Chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host Interface(AHCI)"
It is not incorrect.
What you say is also correct, just that just because teh chipset can do it, it does not mean they have to apply it to this specific motherboard.
Otherwise there would be a driver for it on the support page. Even so, try one of the other boards drivers, as far as i can remeber teh AHCI fdriver is teh same a cross teh range, see hwta happens. As far as i know you will not be able to install the OS.
even better you can try this driverhttp://driveragent.com/b/archive/8eccf6e9/Intel%28R%29-NM10-Express-Chipset-for-Windows-32/64-bit-AHCI-Driver-Version-184.108.40.2063-for-Windows-Server-2003-32/64-bit-Windows-Vista-32/64-bit-Windows-Server-2008-32/64-bit-Windows-7-32/64-bit-Windows-Server-2008-R2-64-bit.?q=nm10+chipset+ahci ...it may work... but officially there is no AHCI support on this board
Well that's makes sense.
However in the motherboard tech specs (http://downloadmirror.intel.com/18357/eng/D510MO_TechProdSpec.pdf) at point 1.1.1 it is stated that there are two SATA connectors supporting IDE and AHCI.
OK we can say that the connectors supporting but not the motherboard, but that's ridiculous.
I think that Intel was lazy to create the proper ahci driver for XP, perhapst because it's considered a legacy system now.
I was unable to download from this site with firefox. No offense, but it seems to me an advertising ******** site.
you do have to pay......
i have not used it, but a collegue say that he managed to get it to work....whther true or not....
I don't belive in paying site business model at all, but paying for a driver, especially in case of new product is more than ridiculous.
Shame on intel that there is still no ahci support for windows xp.