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Sata Controller Driver missing form Wndows 8 for Acer Aspi

  1. #21


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Even as that it was a nice try system didnt managed to boot correctly perhaps because system reserve partitions werent correctly placed

    350 MB (system reserve) and Win8 OS partition.

    But the files for win8 were copied to the hdd and then i booted again form scretahc form USB Win8 installation dvd and magically this time i was presented the HDD partition info. I deleteed the partion created an unallocated space and then windows copied again and booted successfulyl.

    Problem was indded solved but iamnot sure how this happened.

    It was nice to see though that

    a) No Bios update needed
    b) No Intel F6 Sata controller drivers needed to be downloaded.

    Vista was helpfull because its installation DVD could identify Sata AHCI controller correctly and then i took it from there. but with problem as i mentioned above and BCD invalid and missing popups.

    Yes the problem is solved but what happened exactly so we know for next time how to handle this situation.....

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  2. #22


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Someone explain please....?
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  3. #23


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Not being there to see exactly what you did I really can't explain why you had so much trouble. Installing windows 8 on my 5920 was fairly easy. I also don't know what the difference is between a 5920 and a 5920g or whether that had anything to do with it. My 5920 also came with Vista pre installed. Acer does have some Windows 7 drivers for download for the 5920 so that was a bonus for me.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    I Boot From Vista DVD
    When HDD being presented i delete partion and i leve a big unallocated space
    i Remove the Vista USB and i insert the Win8 USB
    Copy begins and all fiels successfully expanded.
    When 5920g get sits 1st restart a BCD error popup mentioning that Boot Configuration Data is invalid or missing.


    I was so happy that 8 files were copied successfully and expanded to the drive but boot fails. Why?
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  5. #25


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by nikos View Post
    I Boot From Vista DVD
    When HDD being presented i delete partion and i leve a big unallocated space
    i Remove the Vista USB and i insert the Win8 USB < Did you reboot to the Win 8 USB?
    Copy begins and all fiels successfully expanded.
    When 5920g get sits 1st restart a BCD error popup mentioning that Boot Configuration Data is invalid or missing.


    I was so happy that 8 files were copied successfully and expanded to the drive but boot fails. Why?
    See bold text above.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    No, if i was to do that then Win8 installation USB wouldn't show me the hdd info again(as Vista did) so to select a partition and start the installation proccess.

    If i was being able to Boot from a Win8 USB and be presented the HDD info in the 1st place i wouldnt have had tried to download and burn Vista to a USB Key and Boot from that so to correctly identify the sata drivers thus showing me the hdd partitioning info.
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  7. #27


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Windows Vista's boot loader is different from the Windows 8 boot loader. Starting the install from one OS and switching part way though is almost certainly going to mess things up. And more than likely why you got a BCD error on the next boot.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Problem solved but i'am not sure how this happened.

    It was nice to see though that:

    a) No Bios update needed
    b) No Intel F6 Sata controller drivers needed to be downloaded.


    Scenario 1:
    -----------
    I Boot From Vista DVD
    When HDD being presented i delete partion and i leve a big unallocated space
    i Remove the Vista USB and i insert the Windows 8 USB
    Copy begins and all fiels successfully expanded.
    When 5920g get sits 1st restart a BCD error popup mentioning that Boot Configuration Data is invalid or missing.


    I was so happy that 8 files were copied successfully and expanded to the drive but boot fails. Why?


    Scenario 2:
    -----------
    I started the install with Vista Setup for to see the hdd, when i switched usbs from vista => 8 then Vista setup should have been complained about this and not start copying and expanding files giving me the impression that it will manage to install 8.
    I wonder why it didnt do that.

    Scenario 2:
    I installed Vista
    Rebooted, pressed F8 and selectted "Start in Safe Mode with CMD support"
    Inserted Windows 8 USB and then initiated the Windows 8 setup process
    It displayed the HDD ppartitioning info but a message bottom down in status told me that i can only see it and not re-partition it.
    i selectet the unallocated space hit enter and Windows 8 copying started.
    In the next Boot it gave me Boot Configuration Data missing or invalid.

    Why? THIS TIME the Windows 8 setup process started from the Windows 8 Setup and not within Vista Setup.
    Why not boot correctly this time?

    Scenario 3:
    -----------
    After ALL the above steps i booted again from within tha Win8 USB Setup and this time partitions were detected and presented.
    I clicked on unallocated space, field copied Botted Ok, Win8 Started FINALLY.

    HOW ON EARTH THIS TIME Win8 Setup identified the HDD which up until now it couldn't detect?


    Th job is done without the need of the following:

    a) No Bios update needed
    b) No Intel F6 Sata controller drivers needed to be downloaded.
    Last edited by nikos; 03 Jan 2013 at 09:15.
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The Boot Loader is what starts the Operating System. It's what gives you the recovery options etc when you press F8. In a dual boot setup its what gives you the menu to select the OS.
    Windows won't let you delete the partition its currently running from. If you boot up into safe mode the OS is running from the hard drive and using it. Its going to lock out the partition its running from. If it didn't it would crash when you deleted it. If you do manage to boot into windows it would help if you posted an expanded view of your disk management window.
    "Rebooted, pressed F8 and selected "Start in Safe Mode with CMD support" < Doing that loads Vista to a command prompt window. You're in the Vista environment not Windows 8's pre installation environment. Launching the Windows 8 setup from there is not the correct way to install it. Every Windows OS has its own Pre Installation environment that is used to prepare the hard drive for the OS. Starting the process in one OS and then switching part way though is just going to muck things up.
    Where did you get your Windows 8 install media from? Also what procedure did you use to make your bootable thumb drive?
    You really need to figure out why your hard drive doesn't show up during the windows 8 install. The other way to do it is to do an upgrade install from Vista, not a custom install.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    See above i edited my previous post which i manages to install Win8 without

    a) No Bios update needed
    b) No Intel F6 Sata controller drivers needed to be downloaded.

    Win8 is UNTOUCHED and i used a veru nice little app called "Rufus" to extract the Win8 ISO there. Its a well testes and workign tool to many cases i encountered.


    In SCENARIO 2: I maybe Botetd into Vista's safe cmd mode but when iam initiating a Win8 Setup...then Windows 8 pre installation enviroment takes place ....but yes this is a child process derived from Vista within thats why it doesnt let me partition it.
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