I’m leaving my PC behind and I wanted to format the hard-drives. I had dual boot with Fedora Core 1 that no one will ever use and I also wanted to make sure no residue of my personal information is left behind. I started having problems right from the get-go. I have an IWILL VD133Pro motherboard with RAID support. The windows XP setup gets stuck/hangs at the “setup is starting windows” without an explenation. Typical. You can press F6 at the beginning of the install to supply setup with the driver that came on floppies with the MB. Who the hell keeps those for 5 years? Of course, they are nowhere to be found on IWILL’s webpage and there is no answer from their tech support. Typical.
This all seemed familiar as I vaguely recall going through this fiasco once before. I searched the web for quite a while and finally found the solution. You need to press the undocumented F7 when it prompts you to press F6 (!) in order to skip the requirement of these drivers. Go figure.
Anyway, I tried to include all the appropriate keywords for this solution so it is easier for the next guy that is out of luck to find.