Originally Posted by grey_1
You could just edit your boot parameters in /boot/grub/menu.lst
Not sure if that's the correct syntax, but it would boot that way every time after.
On your X-Fi..did you run alsa-config?
I didn't mess much with the X-fi issue.
However, I'm talking about trying to install the OS with the AHCI issue. I don't have many options under PCLinux, but with Debian it prompts me for a Driver Floppy to support it. Once I got the OS installed, it would be non AHCI while XP would be looking for AHCI. I'd have to find the drivers for Linux since XP BSOD's if you try to boot without AHCI on a system expecting it to be there.