This isn’t the first time I’ve run into this, but it still boggles my hard-to-boggle mind every time: I cannot fucking believe that if I need to install a 64-bit Windows OS on a machine with Serial-ATA drives, in two thousand and god-damned six, that I need to put drivers on a floppy disk. Not a CD, not a USB key: a floppy.
It’s like saying “before we can start the neurosurgery, the patient needs to be trepanned.”
Can you even buy a non-USB floppy drive anymore?
UPDATE: You’ll love this.
Installing XP/x86-64 on an HP workstation, I not only need to have a floppy drive in the machine, but I also need to use the 32-bit, not the 64-bit drivers that Intel provides, otherwise the installer thinks they’re corrupted. Even though I’m installing a 64-bit OS on a 64-bit machine. That’s the wall I’ve been beating my head on all morning.
Then, it tells me that those drivers are already included with the OS, even though the installer won’t recognize the drive, and you can’t get at those included drivers from the installer anyway. So, I need the floppy drive here so that I can install older drivers than the ones on the boot CD, because otherwise I just can’t get there from here.
Dear Microsoft: Fuck you guys. Seriously.