My desktop blew its system drive in a power outage a couple of weeks ago and after 6 years of running WinXP (first SP2, later SP3) I figured I'd give Win 7 and 64-bit computing a shot. Picked up a new WD Caviar Black 640GB and pulled down an ISO from MSDN. The drive is connected to a Silicon Image 3114 PCI SATA card, for which I dutifully got the most up-to-date Win7 x64 drivers from siliconimage.com and threw them on a thumb drive. So far so good.
Hooked everything up, fired up the system, popped the Win7 install DVD-R into the drive and the installer took off. Chose custom install (not like there's anything around to upgrade from anymore) and it gives a totally blank listing of drives/storage controllers. Choose to load a driver, but nothing's in the list. Uncheck the Only Show Drivers for Found Hardware (or whatever it said) and get a listing of the SI3114 drivers on the USB stick. Choose it and hit next. System churns for a bit and the progress bar goes through the motions, then back to the same screen I started at with no drives/storage controllers listed.
Please help? System specs:
Athlon 64 2.4GHz, Abit KV8 Pro m/b (onboard SATA disabled), 2GB DDR400, Radeon X800XL AGP, and add-in boards for IEEE1394 and 802.11g WLAN
The floppy drive is FUBAR and the DVD+RW drives will only read DVDs (no CDs) so I'd have a hard time of getting XP installed at this point.