I assembled this system a couple years ago, using one WD3200AAKS SATA drive and one ATAPI Sony DVD burner on PATA side (BIOS version=2838, is set to SATA=IDE). Recently, I accidently left an old 386 DOS boot disk in the floppy drive when booting, and somehow it affected the hard drive. BIOS does not see it as a bootable drive now. I tried using the Windows XP SP2 CD disk utility in an attempt to 'fix' it, but I think it is euchered. So, I purchased a WD5002AALX drive and am preparing to re-install everything on it (may attempt some recovery software later on the old drive). Recalling the first installation, I remembered that it was specified that the chipset inf files be installed before anything else. I am planning to go ahead and let Windows format the drive as a single drive, but I guess I don't know exactly how to get those files in place before Windows starts installing everything. Somehow, it worked the first time but I know I didn't do it the right way. I have downloaded all of the most recent drivers from the Intel Support website. Could someone offer some insight as to the correct procedure and sequence? Also, I will be updating to SP3. Thanks!
Never mind, I got it.
You can still get the chipset download , go to the download section ( you have to click the discountinued products box ) you will find what you need there. But Keep in Mind this is a END of LIFE Board.