change the translation method used to access the hard drive from the
default setting “Auto” to “Large” (not LBA, not CHS!). Reboot and with
some luck installation will pick up at the point where it aborted
before. If it doesn’t continue with the second part of the
installation, you have to start over and do a fresh install. Leave the
BIOS setting at “Large” for that task!
The Solution (II)
found out, another cause for this problem may be that an ATA-66/100/133
drive is attached with an 40 pin cable instead of an 80 pin cable. I
can’t verify this but consider it as enitrely possible for Microsoft to
choke on that so I thought I’d put it up here.
Update I: On two of my test systems I was able to set
the BIOS setting back to “Auto” after the installation of XP had
finished. Your mileage may vary.
Update II: The system I had this problem with is a
Pentium-IV 3,06 GHz with an Award BIOS 6.0 with any part of it hardly
being any older than 18 months.
Update III: As I just found out some genius introduced
a new way of setting the access mode in some BIOSes. Instead of
allowing to set the access mode in the “STANDARD CMOS CONFIGURATION”
screen, you have to use “IDE HDD AUTO DETECTION” instead. When the BIOS
reports your drive there, you *don’t* press “Y” to accept but instead
press “N”. You should then be able to chose whether to use “LBA”
(don’t) or “LARGE” (yup) as the access mode for the particular drive.