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Windows XP Installation on Gateway GT5404 Desktop

April 26, 2007

If you’re looking for SATA Driver for Gateway Computer:

UPDATED 07.21.2007

Gateway® GT5404
Intel® Desktop Board D945GCL (click here for Windows XP drivers from Intel)

Gateway® GT5404 Desktop comes with Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I posted a little review on this computer in March and mentioned that I installed Windows XP Pro on it. Since then I have been getting question on how to get Windows XP to recognize the Serial-ATA drive. The BIOS of the motherboard allows to configure the SATA devices as IDE so that Windows XP installers can detect the drive without having to install the SATA driver first.

The same method also works for Gateway® GT5408 Desktop.

UPDATE: the main database where the pictures were hosted crashed and gone. I’ll re-upload the pictures soon.

Gateway GT5404

I’ll post more on where to get the Windows XP drivers for this computer and Gateway® GT5408 Desktop.

Gateway® GT5404
Intel® Desktop Board D945GCL (click here for Windows XP drivers from Intel)

Gateway® GT5404 Support Page

115 Comments leave one →
  1. shane jones permalink
    May 8, 2007 8:59 pm

    Thanks! This helped alot… Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Cadapult permalink
    June 25, 2007 11:24 am

    Thanks very much for this info. Gateway tech support was useless (“We can’t help you if you didn’t buy XP from us.”), and good luck finding anything of use on their website, including SATA drivers for the GT5408. I’m disconnecting the drive with Vista and replacing it with a 320gig SATA HDD and installing XP. When (if?) Microsoft ever fixes Vista I’ll hook the Vista drive back up, reformat the XP drive and use it in a RAID array.
    Please *do* post any sources for XP drivers that you find.
    Best regards,

  3. John B permalink
    July 21, 2007 8:22 am

    Can you further explain how you edited the bios and “The BIOS of the motherboard allows to configure the SATA devices as IDE so that Windows XP installers can detect the drive without having to install the SATA driver first.” configured the bios exactly. Like what screens to go to and edit settings?

  4. John B permalink
    July 21, 2007 8:23 am

    Ahh, the picture just popped in above with the bios. I think I got it now, thx.

  5. John B permalink
    July 21, 2007 8:27 am

    Oh, forgot to ask. For the updated drivers for mobo to work with XP instead of vista, where did you find them? ie, network, graphics, chipset?

    Gateway® GT5404
    Intel® Desktop Board D945GCL (click here for Windows XP drivers from Intel)

    Hope this help.

    I’ll post more as I could remember what else to get.

  6. Jim permalink
    July 23, 2007 5:42 pm

    This is very helpful, thanks! I am downgrading my GT5408 from Vista to XP – actually I just stuck the WD SATA HD in and updated chipset and ethernet drivers. I am having trouble with the integrated sigmatel sound drivers which won’t install – I keep getting an error message – device object not present, restart. Would appreciate any thoughts. Desktop board D945GCF.

    To my knowledge, you can use drivers from Intel’s D945GCL. The difference between D945GCF and D945GCL is primarily the built in FireWire on D945GCF.

  7. Angelson permalink
    August 18, 2007 12:34 pm

    Hi, i have the same problem to install windows XP , because you have to get de SATA drivers, But i didn`t know that you cab do it with the BIOS , Thank you very much it was very Helpfull..!!

    Desktop Board Intel® D945GCL

  8. October 1, 2007 3:30 pm

    man! that was some great help I was going to start the process of getting the drivers and all those other stepd when I saw your link.

  9. JEFF CAMP "JC" permalink
    October 2, 2007 10:30 am


    Jeff, what don’t you like about the current system?
    First and foremost, you need more RAM. GT5404 comes with 1GB (2x512MB) PC4200. Get at least 2GB PC5300 RAM.
    Second, buy a PCI-Express Graphics Card. They’re relatively cheap. At minimum get nVidia GeForce 7 series or even 8 series with minimum of 256MB VRAM.
    Third, If you think that Windows Vista is sluggish, the other alternative is to downgrade to Windows XP.
    Fourth, you can always replace the Processor later on, whenever Core 2 Duo becomes cheaper.

    To clean up the system, the most effective way is to reinstall the Operating System, Vista or XP.

    If you have anymore questions, leave a message here.


  10. Dave permalink
    October 9, 2007 8:08 am

    I need XP drivers for what the control pannel has labled:
    PCI Device
    PCI Simple Communications Controller
    and SM Bus Controller

    Since you are curently (according to a Google search this morning) the authoratative source for this information, I am asking you to please bail me out! 🙂

    I have to get back to you for the details.
    PCI Simple Communications Controller = modem (don’t remember what it was, but I’ll find it out again.
    PCI Device and SM Bus Controller should be taken care of after installing Chipset driver from Intel – if I remember it correctly.

    Once again, I’ll check the machine and will post more details.

  11. Dave permalink
    October 11, 2007 6:44 am

    I have everything installed. but the (intel) sigmatel high definition audio codec is not working. under device properties it says, “This device cannot start. (code 10)”

    UPDATE 2007.10.23 Audio Driver

    OK, let’s try this:
    Remove the Sigmatel Audio from Hardware profile
    Reinstall the driver
    See if that works.

    I’ll check again if there were something different that I did.

  12. PCUser permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:47 am

    Dave The same thing is happening to my PC.. Sigma Tel Cannot open the sound file… How can i fix it.. i tried uninsalling the drive and resinstalling it but it does not work… Can anyone help me plz.. My Email is Email Me if u can help ASAP!!

    UPDATE 2007.10.23 Audio Driver

    If it’s not still working, uninstall the audio driver then use Windows Update to detect the driver.

    Not sure why it’s not working for you. Make sure you have the chipset software installed. I have to take a look into the computer, but I don’t have immediate access to it. Please bear with me.

  13. October 24, 2007 9:49 pm

    Your The Man… Thank God For People Like You That Take Out The Time To Help Others…

  14. Heleno permalink
    October 25, 2007 1:54 pm

    I spent the day looking for this thing. Their customer service could not help and told me to call HDD manufactory.
    Worked just great.
    Thank you

  15. randy permalink
    November 3, 2007 2:08 pm

    Thanks a lot for ur help finally i have windows vista out of my system i gotta get the drivers for my hardwares tho, bt ill find them… once again thanks getting rid of windows vista was turning into a huge headache.


    You’re welcome. You should have a fully functional Windows XP with all the links I provided. I have been running Windows XP on this computer since February 2007.

  16. Hick permalink
    November 9, 2007 5:10 pm

    One small question. What about the Card Reader drivers in the GT5408 model? I am downgrading from Vista to XP bercause the guys wife can’t stand vista at all.

    As far as I know, there’s no special drivers needed. The one I installed XP on has the Card Readers working without problems.

  17. Ernie permalink
    November 11, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hey, I installed Windows XP Professional SP2 on my GT5408, but the sm bus controller,audio ,pci and video drivers are not compatible with xp, which ones do i get where do i get them? I have been to intel, but every time i download the drivers, it tells me they dont work because of the operating system or something. Please give me some feedback on this thanks.

    Have you installed the chipset driver first? As far as I know, D945GCF is pretty much identical to D945GCL with addition of Firewire controller on the motherboard.

  18. Ernie permalink
    November 11, 2007 7:33 pm

    Where exactly do i get the right chipset driver for D945GCF… because the one in*+XP+Professional&lang=eng&strOSs=44&submit=Go%21 doesnt work properly?

    As far as I know, Intel has unified Chipset driver.
    Intel Chipset Driver here.

    Try that.

  19. Ernie permalink
    November 11, 2007 10:46 pm

    K I install XP but i can’t get the Video Controller(vga compatible) yeah… i try to install the GFX_XP32 pacakage and it says This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software. Setup will exit.

    G965/Q963 Express Chipset Family Video click here

  20. Ernie permalink
    November 12, 2007 1:18 am

    I tried to install the G965/Q963 Express Chipset Family Video software, but it said the same “This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software. Setup will exit. Sorry to keep on bugging.

    Interesting. That computer does have the G965/Q963 Express Chipset Family Video. I am not sure why it’s not working on your computer. Are you installing Windows XP 32-bit or 64-bit.

  21. Ernie permalink
    November 12, 2007 1:50 am

    Windows XP 32-bit

    I am not sure what is going on with your system. Try the followings:
    First, make sure you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed.

    Go to Device Manager, uninstall all the unknown devices, then reinstall the chipset drivers. Reboot. Make sure the Network driver is installed.

    Update Windows through Windows Update or Microsoft Update. Reboot, etc….

    Then try the drivers.

    Hope this works for you.


  22. kapil dev permalink
    November 13, 2007 11:47 pm


    can i change start word , actually i want to write my name in place of start word , can it is possible

    kapil dev

  23. November 18, 2007 12:35 am

    I have a Gateway GT5438 and no matter what driver I used I could never get the onboard audio for the D945GCF to work correctly in XP. Finally I just downloaded EVERY SigmaTel driver from Gateway and spent about an hour go through each and every driver to see which would finally work. I am happy to say that the SigmaTel 5208 driver found at the link below fixed my issue and allowed me to hear my audio again. If the link below doesn’t come out right just do a search in Google for “Gateway 9536675 driver” and it should be the first link.

    Thanks for your contributions.

  24. benjamin permalink
    November 30, 2007 10:11 am

    I have the 5404 from gateway.. i still have vista on it and am trying to find out if i can use the drivers from intel on my pc. Everytime i try i get this error about the drivers not being certified or something like that. I have a few games and they keep telling me that i don’t have the latest drivers from intel, but the computer only seems to want to take gateway drivers.. and fix for this

    I don’t think you can quite use the Intel drivers on the Gateway-shipped version of Windows Vista on that computer.

  25. pete permalink
    November 30, 2007 10:01 pm

    I bought a 5404 from tiger direct. I didnt want vista. I put my xp cd and was able to modify the partions, and than install xp. Should i have changed the bios from sata to ide? XP seems to work just fine. I would like to know if i did something wrong before i install all my apps.


    If it’s working, than you don’t have to change anything. You need to change it IF Windows XP Install disc does not recognize the SATA controller.

  26. December 1, 2007 10:53 am

    I just bought a GT5428. I’m trying to install XP as described above (by configuring SATA device as IDE in the BIOS). After a while during the installation process (after installing some drivers), it gives an error message.
    I thought the issue might be the BIOS itself. So, I tried to update the BIOS using the Intel latest BIOS update as described above. It also gives me an error message as follows:

    BIOSID’s do not match
    Currently installed BIOS ID:
    Attempting to install BIOS ID:

    Does anybody know what is going on?

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Just to be clear, I didn’t mention anything about upgrading the BIOS. I’m talking about the actual device drivers. What does the error message say?

  27. Frank permalink
    December 4, 2007 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the pointers. Fed up with vista so moved back to XP Pro on my Gateway GT5404. Once I got over the mbr damage vista had done it was just a matter of drivers. You saved my weekend. I installed the following packages all from the intel web site on a CF94510J.15A bios mb without any problems.
    Video; GFX_XP32_14.31.1.4864_PV_Intel.exe
    Audio; AUD_allOS_x5511_v5511_PV_IDTGUI_v005.exe
    Chipset; INF_AllOS_8.4.0.1016_PV_Intel.exe
    Network; LAN_allOS_12.1_PV_Intel_141678.exe
    Storage; STOR_All32_f6flpy32_7.8.0.1012_PV_Intel.exe

    Anyone find the modem driver?


  28. Bernard permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:18 pm

    Thanks alot for all the information.

    I have a Gateway® GT5408 with an Intel® Desktop Board D945GCF.

    My problem is can’t install vista on my 320GB SATA II hard drive, although vista can see the hard drive during the installation process. The problem is that i keep getting this particular error message:- Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. Error: 0x80042453

    The problem began when i decided to work the 9GB partition on which the vista was installed because it was small and out of space.

    The most annoying part of all is that my bios settings are exactly the same as the settings in the picture you have posted.

    I really need help cos i dont know what to do to resolve this. In addition XP just gives a black screen and cant progress with dos/clean installation

    I am not sure what’s going on with your installations. Try deleting the partition, then create new one.

  29. Bernard permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:25 pm

    Hi Frank,

    You said “once I got over the mbr damage vista had done it was just a matter of drivers. ”

    Ques: How exactly were you able to resolve the mbr damage vista had done?

    Kindly help me with utilities or softwares and procedures to also resolve mine.

    As the hard drive, i can clearly see it the bios but just cant install xp or vista on it.

  30. James permalink
    December 11, 2007 1:18 pm

    I’m pretty late to the discussion, but I thought I’d post my experience with the GM5626. It has the D945GCFG1 board in it but doesn’t have the “Configure SATA as” option. I changed the ATA/IDE mode to legacy to get XP to recognize the drive. It displays an annoying error that says “internal hardware not supported” for about 1 second but goes away and boots normally.

    Thanks for the tip!

  31. Jim permalink
    December 24, 2007 10:23 pm

    I just bought a Gateway GT5408 desktop computer from TigerDirect. Previously purchased a WindowsXP Home Edition Full OEM SP2 w/ COA disc. I want to install XP and get rid of Vista completely. I havent received the computer yet but will in about 2 or 3 days. What kind of problems will I run into doing this? Remembering that this computer wont have a floppy disc player only the Dual-Layer DVD±RW burner drive. Thanks for any help regarding this.

    Based on my experience, the toughest part is finding the device drivers. Search through this blog for GT5404 or GT5408. If you have any questions, leave a message here.


  32. December 26, 2007 9:27 pm

    I just boiught a Gateway GT5408, too. I read all the posts here and almost successfully downgraded from Vista to XP Home.
    My last problem is I can’t load Video Contoller (VGA Compatible).
    Each time I try, it says my Computer requirements are not met.

    Been at it since Xmas Day…can you advise on how to get this machine to see a Video Controller?
    Thanks for all the great info.

    Is it the integrated Intel GMA or a PCI-X Graphics controller?
    Which driver are you trying to install?

    If it’s for Intel GMA, download it from Intel site.

  33. Allan permalink
    December 26, 2007 10:07 pm

    I am going to the links that the posts above send me to. The Intel site.
    The error message says “your computer does not have minimum requirements”.
    when I try to download the Intel Graphics for Windows XP.

    Not sure what is meant by GMA.
    My device manager has a yellow question mark on the Sound, Video and Game Contoller. I uninstall it…and use the Windows Update to no avail.

    It’s the last issue with the computer. If I can get it working I will have the complete downgrade to XP Home.

    HELP! Thanks for all the great info on this post. Couldn’t have done what I did so far.

    Intel GMA refers to the integrated video card. Worse case scenario, get a PCI-X video card; it’s as low as $50.

  34. December 26, 2007 10:11 pm

    PS Ernie in the messages above had the same problem, but he didn’t say if and how it was resolved.

  35. Allan permalink
    December 27, 2007 4:59 am

    Tried a few different Intel Chip set downloads. The links listed above link right to the appropriate chipsets but video controller says same message.

    I also don’t have a functional “stand-by”. When I want to turn off the computer I should be able to choose “stand-by” but it’s not selectable.
    Can you advise on that too.

    I am not sure how or why it doesn’t work for you.
    I have no problems installing the latest Intel Chip-Set software; I installed the latest one, because there’s only one unified installer now.

  36. Michael permalink
    December 27, 2007 3:19 pm

    thank you for the information on this page, gateway was no help, but for 129.00 they would tell me yes or no once we changed the drive configuration, we were able to load XP with no problems, so thank you once again.

  37. Jeff permalink
    January 3, 2008 12:47 pm

    It is really help! Thanks a lot!

  38. January 5, 2008 8:29 pm

    Ok so I am fed up with Vista as well. I am trying to “downgrade” to Windows XP. The dis I have is Version 2002. It was a SP1 install. I was planning to update to SP2 once installed. I so far have upgraded my memory to 2x1gb PC-5300 and have also installed a PNY GeForce 8600GTS 512MB OC. Well I am giving this info on my system now to see if perhaps it will shed light on why I’m having this issue. Well I went and changed the HDD to IDE in Bios like mentioned above. However while I’m trying to go through the installation I get this error screen. Well I gave a link to the picture I took of it with my camera. I tried taking out the PCI-E vid card and going back to on board video. I even put the 56k modem back in to get it close to original system specs. I kept getting the same error no matter what I did. Any ideas?

    PIC Link:


    I had similar problems with different computers. If memory served correctly, you need Windows XP WITH SP2 install CD.
    What you need to do is to SLIPSTREAM SP2 into your Windows XP Install CD, or get Windows XP with SP2 CD.

    If you’re not familiar with SLIPSTREAMing, look it up. I’ll post more later.

  39. Jonathan permalink
    January 7, 2008 8:34 pm

    I went ahead and looked up the slipstream process last night and can proudly say that I’m on my Gateway GT5404 running Windows XP Pro as a result. It worked like a charm.


    Glad I can help.

  40. Yang permalink
    January 10, 2008 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the information. Now my GT5404 is running XP. One thing I still can’t figure out is the XP driver for the 15-in-1 media card reader. The old 8-in-1 driver won’t work. Any idea?

    Thanks a lot.

    I let Windows XP install generic USB mass storage driver. If I remember it correctly, I had Windows Update to install newer drivers.

  41. Raj permalink
    January 13, 2008 3:26 am

    This site was of immense help when tying to install windows XP on Refurbished Gateway GT5408 that I purchased. I got amost all drivers off Intel’s website listed above. Modem driver is PCI simple communication controller and the driver is on Gateway website.

    Gateway only supports the operating system that they installed on the system (Vista Home Premium). Other support requests are fee based.

  42. matt permalink
    January 16, 2008 8:19 pm

    Hi I don’t have a G404 but my Gateway has a GeForce nVidia card in it, so what I did was to download the GeForce version 7 drivers from nvidia and yoohoo, it works great ! If your gateway has an added video card I don’t think you need the Intel thingie.

  43. Dan permalink
    January 18, 2008 1:17 pm

    For the GT5408 you want the IDT Drivers (who bought out Sigmatel) from Intel for the D945PLRN board.

  44. The sisco kid permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:03 pm

    Dude your Awesome bad @ssGUY !say 1 more time bad @ss GURU. And I thought I waz lol 1st time downgradeing from VISTA YUK ! Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Driver not a prob for me will post to all right here when I have all good. I use Linux so this was a good send for Me. You ROCK MAN feel free invite to all. God bless all and CHEERS ! Guess I owe you a PINT.

  45. Julian R. permalink
    February 20, 2008 6:23 pm

    Hi 2 all ! Awesome forum ! I have the Gateway One -all in one desktop-and I like it very much.It`s a good toy for what I need to be done.But when I`ve upgraded the OS , from Vista Home Premium to Ultimate the issues start to appear . So ,as the smart tech`s on the Gateway`s live chat page told me : “Gateway does not support upgrades on OS preinstalled initially with the product!”. So ,All Gateway users!!! be carefull when you`ll upgrade the OS , BECAUSE THINGS CAN HAPPEN !!lLike : Multimedia buttons not functional , Eject buttons on the multimedia keyboard not functional , Web cam not functional,Tv tuner not functional ,Plus in the top of all I have a reccurent Stripe ,Line in the middle of the screen,changing colours ,appearing and dissappering from time to time . It`s a kind of Sad to find out after you upgrade but that`s life !You learn ! I have a question and I hope that somebody knows the answer ! What can I do to make the reccurent stripe ,line go away !? It is not a hardware problem ,lcd problem !!When I start the PC the line is not there!It comes,appears after 1 hour or so .
    Configuration :

    Thak you very much ! Julian

    PS : I`ve tried to put back the OS with the Recovery Disks I made when I first powered the PC but only the applications were backed up ,not the Vista Home Premium !!!

    I’m sorry to hear what happen to you. In general I’d stay away from All-In-One PC because of the custom hardwares. I am not sure why Vista Ultimate won’t recognize the drivers. Have you tried the drivers from the support page with Vista Ultimate?

    ATI Driver for Vista

    As for recovery disc, one way to get it is through Gateway, or Make one from the same computer at the local computer store. A bit tricky, but doable.

    hope the best.


  46. Loosenuts 43 permalink
    February 20, 2008 7:37 pm

    Hi all , i have a Gateway gt5428 and i fallow the instructions to install
    windows xp pro sp2 and still not find the hard drive on installation .

    Any suggestions ?

    Make sure that you configure the BIOS so that the SATA is treated as IDE. Let me know what options you have on the BIOS.

  47. March 8, 2008 4:15 pm

    I just down graded from vista to xp on a gt5428. I wish i would have found this page sooner. I figured out all the Hard drive by myself. My problem is i can’t get connected to the internet.

    it keeps saying “network cable unplugged”. I have installed all the drivers, and even uninstalled the ones i had and used the drivers from this page. it says the LAN device is working properly, but everytime i try to connect to the internet it says “network cable unplugged”

    I have swaped the modem out, i have used a diffrent cable, i have uninstalled and re-installed the drivers. I hope SOMEONE can guide me in the right direction.

    thanks again for your help

    Was it working before you downgraded the OS? Just for clarifications, what’s the model for the Network Adapter?

  48. RobbyD permalink
    March 13, 2008 4:24 am

    Software was never my thing, I have a GT5404 with upgraded ram and an Nvidia 8500GT and I’m trying to install XP home onto my HDD…

    Thats where I get lost, I’m not sure what to download or how I would install it (MY pc is non functioning and my friends dont own computers since they just use the schools, which is what I’m using now) Anyways because im at a school computer I’m not allowed to burn anything onto a disk, I do however have an External HDD kit and was wondering if its possible to install the drivers onto the external HDD then take the hard drive home and then install XP on the same hard drive

  49. April - March 15, 2008 permalink
    March 15, 2008 9:20 am

    Used the guide regarding changing the hard drive to IDE thru the bios and was able to get xp installed. The only thing I am trying to resolve now is a message that I get when the computer first powers on. It says:
    “A problem with the hard drive has been deteced. Press enter to continue” I press enter and xp powers up fine.
    I am now working on the drivers and should be fine. Will post back with the results of the driver install.
    Thanks again.

  50. Danny permalink
    March 19, 2008 4:09 am

    how to access bios on the gt5404 ?

    Press F2 when the computer first starting up.

  51. rick harbin permalink
    March 27, 2008 7:31 pm

    i have a gateway gt5428 desktop. i down graded to windows xp from windows vista last year. i have the 15 in 1Media Card Reader. i cant get any of the card slots to work. i have looked for drivers to no avail. i am most interested in getting the sd slot to function, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I never installed specific media reader driver on Windows XP, the driver was taken care of by Windows XP and Windows Driver Update. For your reference, the Vista driver for the 15 in 1 Media Reader can be found here.

  52. Jatin permalink
    April 17, 2008 8:38 pm

    I recently bought a Dell 1525 Inspiron Notebook with Windows Vista Home Premium installed on it. I was able to install XP pro by playing around with the BIOS. I downloaded the compatible drivers for my hardware with XP Pro and installed then one by one.
    When I installed sound drivers, my audio device (Integrated Stereo Sound) on the Intel 965GM chipset did not detect the sound drivers even though they were installed.
    Can u please help me in pointing to a trusted source from where I can download the sound drivers and install them. I have already tried lots of sources but can’t get hold of correct drivers till now.

    Please help me. !!!

    Thanx in advance.

    Try the followings:

    1 Sigmatel HD Audio

    2 Sigmatel HD Audio

    3 Sigmatel HD Audio

    4 Sigmatel HD Audio

    5 Sigmatel HD Audio

    Hope that any of them works.

    If you don’t mind, let me know the process you’re going through in installing Windows XP on this Laptop.


  53. Lou permalink
    April 20, 2008 8:46 am

    Thank ever so much for the help, I have been running Window XP Pro for some time now but now it won’t allow me to install any thing, it says it is a corrupt file even if I download of the internet.

    • Andrew permalink
      August 18, 2010 3:47 pm

      I am also getting this error message. File can’t be corrupted, I’m downloading straight from…and mulitple files are coming up as “file is corrupted” when I try to extract them. Please help! Thanks so much!

  54. sherman dos santos lima permalink
    April 23, 2008 6:35 am

    gostaria de baixar drives para o gateway para instalar o windows xp na minha maquina

  55. BooBear permalink
    May 30, 2008 5:54 pm

    This stuff seems so complicated and stressful. I have a Gateway GT5622 with Vista Home Premium I’d like to downgrade to XP, but all this stuff seems way to complicated. I read somewhere that even the BIOS needs to be flashed for XP instead of Vista. I definately agree that the Gateway website is NOT HELPFUL. Vista is ok, and I’ve done a bunch of safe tweaks, but I don’t like how it thrashes the hard drive no matter what. I also get glitches when recording audio. My Windows 98 SE computer is much less powerful, but more reliable.

    I’ll have to look into the specs for GT5622. More importantly, you need the ATA/S-ATA driver for that computer when installing Windows XP.

    Get the driver here:

    I’ll have to get back to you for that. Please check back.

  56. James permalink
    June 10, 2008 9:10 am

    I installed a new WD3200JS 320gb hard drive on my Gateway GT5408 pc. Trying to install Windows XP home edition on it and comes up saying ” no disk in drive”, setupdd.sys , Page_Fault_in_nonpaged_area. Would this be bacuse of missing drivers or what? If so, where do I get these drivers from? Thanks for helping me. Send me an email if possible about this problem.

    The driver can be found here.

  57. June 16, 2008 4:50 am

    I Have A GT5404 And Have Encountered A Few Other Problems… (BTW Thanks For Posting This Blog… It Helped A Great Deal…)

    1. I Downloaded [ BIOS Update 0034 [CL94510J.86A ] Which Is The .exe Version… But I Get An Error That Says It’s Not The Right Version… After Cross Referencing I Don’t Understand Why… It’s Suppose To Be The Right Version For My MOBO…

    2. Where Are The SATA Drivers I Need For XP..? And Can They Be Installed Without Having To Reformat..?

    ((( For Anyone That Has Any Answers To This And A Few Small Questions Concerning Video Card Lag ))) Skype Me If You Have It… It Would Be Much Apreciatted… Username: dwyck22

    The BIOS from Intel will not work with GT5404. You have to get it from Gateway.

    I’ve posted the Gateway SATA drivers on this blog.

    If you’re already have Windows XP installed, then you can always reinstall the SATA drivers without reformatting.

  58. June 28, 2008 12:10 pm

    I have a GT5404, and I’ve followed your instructions, and the XP installation now does in fact recognize the drive. However, upon formatting, when the computer restarts, it comes up with an error:

    “A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart”

    And I can’t get past there. Should I change the bios option from Native to Legacy, too?

    Thanks a ton!!

    Try that and see what happens.

  59. tiger permalink
    July 4, 2008 8:11 am

    how can i change it to legacy???? cant load windows xp and the pic is still down can oyu help please????

  60. Lol permalink
    July 5, 2008 3:24 am

    I bought 6 Gateway MT6223b laptops which were preinstalled with vista. I needed to downgrade to xp to fit in with our network/domain (I am the ict technician in a school and it’s hard enough for teachers to learn one OS, two would confuse them too much), Anyway I slipstreamed xp pro and the sata drivers onto cd using nlite and all went well until the audio device problem reared it’s ugly head. Nothing seems to work. When the drivers do load the device “cannot start code 10”. Any suggestions? Here’s the strange thing, out of three i’ve prepared so far, the sound works on one of them. Wierd eh?

  61. Lol permalink
    July 5, 2008 3:43 am

    When I say nothing seems to work I am just refering to the audio, everything else works okay. Gateway are not helpful (won’t buy their products again) Sigmatel have been taken over and don’t do downloads of drivers.

    What is the specific model number for the HD Audio?

  62. tiger permalink
    July 6, 2008 11:41 am

    Still need help on changing to legacy can some one help?

    Go into the BIOS and look for the SATA settings – and change it to ATA.

  63. Dude_in_need permalink
    July 7, 2008 7:16 pm

    Downgrading to XP Pro x64 edition from Vista Home Premium on my gateway GT5404 (Upgrade in my opinion). System comes stock w/250gb HD. Added a second HD 120gb. This is the drive I will be installing XP x64Proon.Tried this once and man what a hassle! First time I did so windows update would not let me install SP2. Fine..Let it run as is and went to install Firewall and AV and was not able to because of the failed Win Update. Firewall and AV required OS to be updated to SP2. Any way that was just one problem in a list of many. Could any one give me the exact drivers needed for the install of XP Pro x64 on my GT5404, and perhaps give me some insight as to why I am not able to update x64 Pro to SP2? I will try to find the exact error message when installing SP2 update from Win Update. As for now herei s what is in my rig.Probably would have been better off building from the ground up but the price was right at the time.

    Pentium D Proc (Intel ViiV) 800mhz FSB
    2gb Dual Channel Crucial Ballistix Ram (PC6400-800mhz)
    EVGA Nvidia 9600 GT Vid card
    Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE sound card
    ULTRA X-Connect 500watt PS

    I have not tried installing Windows XP 64-Bit on this machine. I only have drivers for the 32-bit XP. Have you tried downloading the Windows XP 64-Bit SP2 or SP3 separately? That might help.

  64. Dude_in_need permalink
    July 7, 2008 7:19 pm

    Just to add to my last post I am using a dual boot configuration..(F10) @ startup.

  65. tiger permalink
    July 17, 2008 9:51 am

    Thank you for all your help people this is a life saver for my bizz. Thank you

  66. tiger permalink
    July 17, 2008 5:25 pm

    I need the link to get the lan driver, sound driver,etc I tryed to find a link on here but nothing worked. Please help. Thank you

  67. tiger permalink
    July 17, 2008 5:25 pm

    sorry i forgot its the 5408 gateway

  68. Tiger permalink
    July 23, 2008 1:35 pm

    can some one please help i got a gt5408 i got xp on it but can not find the lan driver or the sound driver. need help finding them. Thank you so much

    They are the same with GT5404 drivers. Search for GT5404 on this blog and you will find the links.

  69. tiger permalink
    July 28, 2008 10:57 am

    I tryed to install the lan driver it sayed can not install not the right download for this computer

  70. August 11, 2008 9:27 am

    Thanks for the help. Great article.

  71. August 12, 2008 1:06 am

    Thanks for all the links posted here..

    I’ve now managed to get my Gateway GT5072b to live happily with XP pro SP3
    There are still a few bits that dont seem to have the right drivers, but nothing that is causing me any problems so far ( Ethernet controller and the raid controller).

    Thanks again, and if anyone knows which ones i need to get these working it would be most appreciated.

  72. migs permalink
    August 15, 2008 2:18 am

    How can I enable the USB and CD-ROM to autoplay? I’ve followed the registry edit to enable cd autorun…upon loading of cd it seems like it’s trying to autorun or autoplay it but after several seconds an error occurs.

    I can’t even make use of the driver cd for my laptop coz even if I manually browse and select the autorun icon, it won’t start. Also I can’t activate the AutoCad and Adobe Acrobat Registrations because it won’t permit me to do so.

    Need help badly.

    Thanks in advance!

  73. migs permalink
    August 15, 2008 2:22 am

    Another one…

    After Installing XP on a friends laptop, there’s no audio device detected though it works fine on Vista. I have the audio driver for XP but it won’t load coz it can’t find the device.

    Any help pls?

  74. David permalink
    August 20, 2008 3:52 pm

    help with gateway gt5404 installing XP pro. every time i try to redo the partition it tells me my computer needs to be shut so it cant be damaged. or windows cant preform this task becuase there are critical setup files to finish the intall process.

    i want to install xp how? to get around this stupid error blue screen.

    Are you using Windows XP Pro CD to repartition the hard-drive?
    You need to use Windows XP Pro with SP2 CD for successful install on GT5404.

    If you are using the CD already, you might have problems with the optical drive.

    Let me know how it goes.

  75. David permalink
    August 20, 2008 5:04 pm

    yes i am using xp pro cd it has sp 2 on it already

    Two things you want to check. In the BIOS, set the S-ATA into legacy mode. I don’t quite remember the actual wording. Basically, it’s telling the BIOS to present SATA hard drive as regular ATA hard-drive.

    Your CD might have problems being read. It could be the disc, or the optical drive.

  76. David permalink
    August 20, 2008 5:40 pm

    i went to legacy mode and it let me format and set the partition

    my question is why do i see so many extra partitions 4 in all down below in a box.

    whats the difference about ata and legacy?

    I am not really sure why there are so many partitions. Sometimes the card readers will come up as its own partition.

    When you set the S-ATA to legacy, it doesn’t require S-ATA driver during installations. Most likely Windows XP installation disc does not have the specific driver. You can set it so S-ATA mode after you installed the chipset, etc.

  77. David permalink
    August 20, 2008 5:49 pm

    i need the following drivers

    ethernet controller
    pci simple communications
    sm bus controller
    vga compitable

    are they hard to find?

    You can find links to the driver somewhere in the posting or comments on this blog.
    I’d put them together in one posting so people can find them easier.

  78. David permalink
    August 20, 2008 7:12 pm

    os installed Quickly works great boots up fast. it says unsupported hardware type whe nit first boots up then goes to xp load screen pc work fine any way to get rid of that annoying error unsupported hardware type.

  79. David permalink
    August 21, 2008 5:31 pm

    i need the pci device driver what device is that?>>

  80. Tim permalink
    September 3, 2008 8:37 am

    David…That’s the chipset drivers

  81. Vanessa permalink
    September 11, 2008 4:36 pm

    hello… im from Mexico, i need your help, i have the GT5622, and i need to know if anybody have all drivers for Windows XP sp2.

    Please if you know where can i find the drivers please send me an e’mail, thank you so much!!!

  82. Sean permalink
    September 24, 2008 12:17 pm


    Thanks so much for your help here, you are just terrific!

    I am going to keep Vista, just so much stuff I would have to replace to downgrade.

    So I am going to increase the box’s performance instead.

    I want to change the processor to start.

    What specifications for a new processor would I be looking for, on a GT5428, please.

    Thank you again for all your hard work to help us here!

    You can replace the stock processor with a Core 2 Duo. I have it posted somewhere on this blog about the CPU upgrade. I’ll update this later.

  83. Edward McDonald permalink
    December 28, 2008 4:53 pm

    Which XP pro drivers would work with the Gateway GT5428 Desktop system. I bought this system online with Vista installed and it isn’t worth a crap. So I am downgrading to XP Pro which is a much better OS. Any suggestions and help would be appreciated.



  84. Edward McDonald permalink
    December 29, 2008 5:28 pm

    Also the motherboard that is in the GT5428 is a E210882 wich is an Intel board but i’m not shure if it is a D95G. Any help on drivers would be appreciated.



  85. Stanley Welch permalink
    December 31, 2008 6:34 am

    What cheap PCIE video card would work with the GT 5408?The integrated video is shot,and all I want is a picture on my monitor.


  86. Edward McDonald permalink
    January 1, 2009 7:43 pm

    Try this video card, a eVGA GeForce 7200GS TC PCI-E Video Card 128-P2-N428-LR, 128MB GDDR2, w/ VGA, DVI-I and S-Video for $30.00. You can get it at Directron.COM. Its the cheapest that I have been able to find.

    Hope it works for you.


  87. jim permalink
    January 9, 2009 3:57 am

    ive read this blog and it is great ! i wish i had seen it when i had decided to downgrade . i found all the info myself between gateway and intels website but it took me days especially with the audio issue. i actually have an emachine with the d945gcl mobo and the cf94510j.15a.0026 bios and i just wanted everyone to know for sure that intels update does not work gateways cf94510j.15a.0038 does if you are going to upgrade to a core 2 duo. i found out the hard way !

  88. David permalink
    January 9, 2009 7:18 am

    I have a Gateway GT5408 I am trying to downgrade from Vista to Windows XP Pro, I can get Windows XP disk running, but I get to a point before the installation & get this error:

    Technical Information:
    *** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0xF76440BF, 0xF7A90208, 0xF7A8FF08)

    *** pci.sys – Address F76440F base at F763D000, DateStamp 3b7d855c

    how can I get around this or what is causing this?


  89. David permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:14 am

    hey I got it, didnt have SP2 slimstreamed into XP, that fixed the installation, now i Need to see if how the drivers go.

  90. David permalink
    January 10, 2009 4:44 am

    To get the modem to work on this GT508 I did the following:
    Installed LAN driver, then VGA Driver, then installed Chipset Driver, then ran Windows Update once Network Adapter was working, Windows Was able to find Modem Driver & Then I Installed Sound Driver. Working good, no more crappy Vista, now XP is running smoothly.

  91. February 8, 2009 9:47 pm

    Is there an updated BIOS for the W3609? I have ver. CF94510J.15A.00282006.1213.1629. I’m running Vista Home Premium Thanks

  92. sarthak permalink
    March 2, 2009 10:58 pm

    help pls.,,
    i have installed xp sp3 black edition to my machine.sigmatel audio driver failed to intall..what shall i do

    • March 3, 2009 12:58 am

      Try finding the latest driver from sigmatel. Otherwise you have to install all the drivers before installing SP3.

  93. Joe permalink
    March 5, 2009 12:18 pm

    I have a Gateway GT5408. I just downgraded to XP…Im having trouble with the ethernet driver.The device manager has a yellow question mark by the “ethernet controller” device. I hate the gateway phone support..Can anybody help me out with where to find a driver…

  94. tess permalink
    April 19, 2009 6:18 pm

    i was changed from w vista home to windows xp 2002says i have no sound ,volume, etc ..i have tried everything help, i do not know how to fix this…

  95. May 15, 2009 10:39 pm

    Dude, thank God for this page. I told some friends that XP would work alot better than Vista on their computer and I had problems finding the drivers. The machine is a GT5408. I used the link to the drivers and everything has installed fine. Haven’t had any problems with getting any of the drivers to install.

    This truly was a godsend. Thanks again!

  96. Mushota Mwamba permalink
    June 1, 2009 7:06 am

    Thanks soo much! Gateway support is pretty bad… why they can not post drivers for XP does not make good business sense.

  97. Armando_G permalink
    July 10, 2009 7:11 am

    anyone tried to get everything on a gateway working with windows 7?…..

    I have a gt5072b and I’m gonna have a crack at it today..

  98. Wayne Smith permalink
    July 18, 2009 10:38 am

    My Gateway GT5404 can I connect it to my television to watch downloaded movies and what do i need to do it. Thanks.

    • July 21, 2009 11:31 pm

      If your TV has the correct input. Preferably HDMI or DVI. Then you must have DVI out on your computer.

  99. Phil permalink
    September 11, 2009 2:29 pm

    Does Can anyone tell me If I download the drivers first or do install xp first. Idk wat to do I’m trying to salvage my comp. It doesn’t work with vista anymore so Ima try to install xp

  100. Bob permalink
    October 3, 2009 9:03 pm

    I’ve got a friend with a GT5408 and he recently switched to XP Pro Sp2. All the drivers seemed to install just fine, aside from the on board SigmaTel audio device. We’ve tried everything, updated the chipset drivers with the links provided on this site and tried various driver updates, and all the suggestions and advice mentioned in this article’s comments — nothing works. Things either freeze up or he gets an error saying his board isn’t supported. Anyone have any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  101. Randolph Haber permalink
    October 21, 2009 7:14 pm

    Hi. I can’t seem to locate a driver for my Gateway GT5428. I need the audio driver for the Sigmatel High Definition Audio. Any help?

  102. January 7, 2010 2:34 pm

    @101 Bob and @102 Randolph: I just installed XP on a GT5408. I used the driver in comment 23. After it unpacked, I ran the setup program in the CAB sub-dir. Works fine for me.

  103. mountainwolffe permalink
    March 14, 2010 4:18 pm


    everest ultimate hows my bios version as being intel. yet the intel bios upgrade starts CL94510J.86A, the bios in the board now starts with CF94510J.15A it wont allow me to flash, I have tried all the ways intel has for downalods, how do I force the flash?
    the board is a D945GCLG1 intel board. coryville, not coryville 2.

  104. Dee permalink
    April 4, 2010 10:16 am

    Hello, I have a Gateway GT5408 and I wanted to speed it up or upgrade it a bit. It has a d945gcfg1 mobo and a Core2 Duo Processor E4300 (1.8 GHz) cpu. I wanted to know if I get 4GB of RAM and a new CPU would help. I’d like to get Windows 7 on it and game on it also. I’m thinking about getting a HD 5770 for gaming. I’m also getting a case to put it all in.

    Will I be able to play current games without any issues and use Windows 7 on it?

    Thanks in advance.

  105. Bob permalink
    April 5, 2010 5:17 pm

    i also got a gt5408, i downgraded to xp but i need a sound driver, please help me find 1

  106. mountainwolffe permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:40 pm

    you need this driver file name for this board, i have the same one.


  107. mountainwolffe permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:44 pm

    you need this driver file name for this board, i have the same board. D945GCL.
    running 4gig Wintec AMPX duel channel PC2-6400 gaming ram, intel pentium D 820 Duel core 2,8ghz, Nvidia 8800GTS O/C edition, running gears of war, crisis, battlefield 2, battlefield bad comp 2, fear, and a few others.


    • mountainwolffe permalink
      April 6, 2010 8:46 pm

      i also duel boot from XP and win7 without issues.

  108. Trioxide permalink
    April 8, 2010 6:16 pm

    Have the GT5408 from TigerDirect. Been working fine with Windows XP but now I want to run a RAID on some of the HDs, not the windows drive. Go into BIOS and change the setting from IDE to RAID and now I can’t see any of my HDs whether they be formated in NTFS or FAT32 so Windows fails on boot. If I change BIOS back to IDE then works fine. How do I get to work in RAID? Gateway so no help and have been able to find zero on the web to fix this.

  109. Shirley permalink
    September 15, 2010 6:01 am

    I have a Gateway GT5418E computer with Vista Windows, and tried after I bought it to convert to XP Windows. It wouldn’t let me. I’m not too knowledge smart about computers, so I let it go. I’m doing genealogy and it isn’t compatable with Family Tree program, which I was told it was, but the download didn’t work. I’ve lost about 8 years of work because of this. Can someone tell me how to put XP Windows on this computer?

  110. Tom permalink
    January 4, 2011 5:41 pm

    Thanks for the help. I couldn’t find the audio driver before I came across you site. I never did find the modem driver, but I can work around that.

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