Installing Windows XP on Acer Travelmate 6291 Laptop (SATA Hard Drive Without Floppy)

Last night i was confused when i was installing Windows XP on my friend’s laptop, the installer didn’t recognize the laptop’s hard drive,i thought there was a problem with the hard drive. After googling for a while, i found that it was caused by Windows XP installer that didn’t support SATA hard drive. To overcome the problem, we have to include SATA drivers into Windows XP installation CD and reburn it, and fortunately, that’s not a complicated task to do :-).

Ok, below i will present you step by step how to install Windows XP on Acer 6291 laptop. First of all, you need to prepare the Windows XP installation CD, Acer 6291 SATA driver (F6 SATA driver for XP, nlite (freeware) and UltraISO (payware) program.

1. Insert your Windows XP installation CD into your CD/DVD room drive.

2. Extract F6 SATA driver for XP file and you will get two zip file ( and

3. Choose and extract it, you will find f6flpy32.exe file, extract f6flpy32.exe to get temp.IMA file.

4. Using UltraISO , open temp.IMA file and extract it into a folder. The next step is to integrate SATA driver into Windows XP installation CD using nlite.

5. Launch nlite, and click Browse to locate the Windows XP installation CD and folder into which your modification saved. Nlite will copy all Windows XP CD content into folder that you’ve specified.

4. Click Next and the next Next button to skip import step.

5. On Task Selection window, choose Drivers and Bootable ISO option, then click Next.

6. Click Insert and choose Single Driver, locate the extracted SATA driver, choose iaahic.inf file.

7. On Driver Integration Options window, choose Textmode Driver option and select all drivers listed, and click Next to continue.

8. On Apply Changes dialog box, then click Yes to start the process, click Next after the process finished.

9. After integrating SATA drivers, create an image file (ISO) for your new modification Windows XP installer.

10. Using burning tools like Nero, burn the image and then you can start install XP without any problem :-). For Acer’s driver for Windows XP, you can download it from Acer’s support website.

Because UltraIso is a payware program, you can use another way for extracting temp.IMA file using Virtual Floppy Drive tool. Below i will show you the steps for using Virtual Floppy Drive:

1. First, download Virtual Floppy Drive (VFD) package and extract it into a folder.

2. Look for vfdwin.exe from your extracted VFD files, and run it.

3. Click Start to start the driver.

4. Create a virtual floppy drive on Drive0 tab, click Change to set drive letter for it.

5. Now, you should see a 3 1/2 floppy A in your drive list

6. Click Open/Create button and browse the temp.IMA file then click Open to open temp.IMA file and extract it into your virtual floppy drive.

7. Browse your 3 1/2 virtual floppy drive, you should see SATA driver files listed.

8. To load it into nlite, follow the steps explained above, that’s all..:-)

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  1. Henk says

    Nice description. I like it and I can work with it. However I can’t find the driver I need: Acer Aspire 5102WLMi notebook (processor: AMD Turion 64 x2 Mobile / chipset: ATI Radeon Xpress 1100). I have searched now for two weeks, tried a lot of drivers but none worked. I’m desperate, who can help me?

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