F6 hack on XP installation
Those of you who have installed XP onto a hardware RAID drive know it’s a pain. You have to make the floppy and use it to install a third-party RAID driver. This also means you need an internal (not USB) floppy drive. As these drives go more and more out of the mainstream, it becomes more and more of a pain to install XP on a RAID drive.
I am having a particularly difficult time with this – not because of lacking a floppy drive. I have a floppy/card reader combo. The problem is, I don’t have POWER for a floppy. I think I have a cable for it somewhere in the studio, but that’s the beauty of a modular supply – I don’t have it when I need it. But I need XP, because 1) I don’t really want to use Vista anymore, and 2) Vista has issues and won’t even install Gigastudio LE, and 3) Vista isn’t really compatible with my recording equipment for the home studio (do you see a trend developing?). Virtually all the cool features (like motorized faders, jog wheel, recording buttons, EQ) don’t work. So today I’m taking the plunge and going back to XP.
Back to the problem at hand. I don’t have power for the floppy drive in Computer 1 (though I’m sure there’s an adapter out there somewhere). But I do have Computer 2 (which does have the correct power). And this brings me to the hack. I powered up the Computer 2, and ran its floppy power cable into the floppy drive in Computer 1. Bingo! It works. It probably shouldn’t, but it does work and my RAID drivers are installed. Don’t have a camera handy, or I’d post some pictures of how crazy this looks.