Monday, 12 November 2007

Asus Pro31s

After purchasing an Asus Pro31s for a staff member, I tried to install Windows XP on the laptop. We aren't using Windows Vista, so by default I have to replace the OS on purchase.

When starting the Windows XP install it failed, couldn't find the hard disk. After a little bit of research I found that changing the SATA controller from "Enhanced" to "Compatible" mode enabled the controller to be detected by the Windows installer.

Once the install was completed I went looking for the drivers on the Asus website. Turns out the drivers aren't listed. Using the auto-detect facility worked, it determined my Asus Pro31s to be an Asus F3Sc.
Pro31* = F3*

Where the asterisks usually match. The drivers are installing now, wish me luck!


  1. hi sir

    can you tell me where did you change the sata mode to Compatible cant find it in the bios


  2. I don't remember where it is. I don't have access to that laptop anymore sorry.