Installing Windows XP Pro on Gateway ML6230

How to install windows XP on Gateway ML6230

Gateway ML6230 is a entry level laptop that ships with MS Windows Vista Home Basic. Being an entry level notebook hardware, Windows Vista uses up most of the system resources so with the shipped software the whole notebook crawls. Installing XP on the same hardware eases the heavy use of resources.

To install windows XP on the laptop you would need the hardware and software ingredients which are summarized below.


USB Floppy Drive. I tested with Memorex (part# 3202 3239)

The following drivers had to be downloaded from the respective URLs. It took me some time to find out the authentic URLs fro the drivers instead of just downloading
ICH7 / SATA Controller Driver
Windows XP SP2
Wired Network Interface Driver
Chipset INF Update
Video Drivers

0. Prepare the ICH7 Driver floppy
1. Install Windows XP using the ICH7 Driver Disk
2. Install XP Service Pack2
3. Install Chipset INF Update
4. Install Video Driver
5. Install wired LAN driver
6. Install Wireless LAN driver - Dbl click on the Marvell EXE file
7. Install Media card reader from c:\cabs\D20003-003-001. Double click on setup
8. Install Audio driver from c:\cabs\D00758-001-001. Double click on setup
9. Install Modem driver from c:\cabs\D00624-001-001. Double click on setup
10. Start windows update.

A note about step #1:
To install windows XP with the ICH7 driver, boot with XP CD. When prompted to specify additional driver press F6. When you use the F6 floppy and specifiy a new device when installing, you only see the following:

"Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH8R)"
"Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA AHCI Controller (Desktop ICH8R)"
"Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA RAID Controller (Server/Workstation ESB2)"
"Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA AHCI Controller (Server/Workstation ESB2)"

None of them will work.

Use arrow keys to scroll down the list and find this one:

"Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH7M/DH)"

This one *will* work.

To find this I did some digging and booted with Knoppix CD. Dmesg told that the controller is ICH7 not ICH8. Later I opened the driver inf and txtsetup.oem files provided and they had 11 drivers on the list. I booted with xp again and used the driver file (F6) from the usb floppy.


flavoredsoda said…
This is extremely helpful!!! I have been struggling with this for the past couple of days in my free time. Thank you!!!
smartxpert said…
Thank YOU for the solution. And YOU saved the day and my time. thank you very much.
Anonymous said…
Thank you, Chetan. A very good writeup. My dilemma is I have no c:\cabs\D20003-003-001 file so am unable to install media card reader driver(s). Do not know how to obtain c:\cabs\D20003-003-001 file, either. All my other drivers, though, are in place and working and the laptop seems to work fine. I do not use the MCR, but sure wish I could install those drivers and get a clean device manager.
Anonymous said…
Chetan please just ignore that earlier comment, left about an hour ago. I found the MSC driver I needed at the Gateway website. All is well and my XP installation is now complete and clean.
Steve said…
Well, I have been trying to get to work the same goddamn machine but have come to no avail...

I will try your steps right now and will tell ya if it worked!!
dingchang said…
Hi there,
Can you please let me know which network driver I should use and where I can find it for my XP just installed in the ML6230 which is really a big trouble...tried to follow your steps but got lost.
thanks a lot..
Dessa said…
Interesting to know.
Anonymous said…
You are genius...
I have been struggling with this for the past couple of days..also,,
me too..
Thank you so very mucho much...
Anonymous said…
You are genius...
I have been struggling with this for the past couple of days..also,,
me too..
Thank you so very mucho much...
범성 said…
You are genius...
I have been struggling with this for the past couple of days..also,,
me too..
Thank you so very mucho much...
I am glad you posted this because i went to lots of forums and i could not figure it out and the funny thing is you were right their are 11 drivers i was on my 7th lol thanks i am loading it up now with xp finnaly
Anonymous said…
So I had a problem with the wireless network drivers too. I searched and searched and finally came to this conclusion which worked as well. Unscrew the panel on the back of the laptop. The raised "tag" for it says m-pci. Unscrew the little screw holding the pcmi card in and then remove the pcmi card and reseat. Turn the laptop on an tada! Wireless networks are recognized.
Anonymous said…

I have a problem in addition to this problem.

My DVD drive doesn't work correctly and I have already formatted the HDD :(

Is there any way I can boot this machine beside using HDD & DVD?

Chetan Bhargava said…
You can use external DVDROM Device to boot and install OS.