okay, so got a floppy drive installed, and was able to mount/unmount on linux, so i know it's working properly. i copied sata drivers to a floppy disk, and put it in. during the F6 portion of the windows install, the installer doesn't detect the floppy drive. the bios device boot order is (1) cdrom (2) hd1 (empty) (3) hd2 (4) floppy.
so, i hit enter to continue installation without any drivers. i get past the license agreement, and then i get an error that reads, "uknown disk <there's no disk in this drive>", which means my empty hd1 is not being recognized (obvious, since no sata drivers were installed). i hit enter to install anyway (just hoping it will work at this point), and i get the error, "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA".
My main question is: how the heck do i get the windows installer to recognize my floppy or cd-rom so that i can install sata drviers? thanks!!!