November 27th, 2003, 05:15 PM #1
Serial ATA raid with Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Well I purchased a two 160gb Seagate serial ata drives and was planning to setup them on the onboard RAID for my motherboard.
I'm not quite sure what the problem actually is, When I installed the drives and created the raid everything went fine, I booted up and installed the driver, it took 12 minutes for it to finally install the drivers. It never quite got to a successful shutdown. Everything just dragged and sat there. I couldn't boot up with the serial ata drives connected and the raid controller installed at the same time.
I rebooted with out the raid in place and deleted the driver, rebooted, reinstalled the driver and made sure it rebooted successfully. I then started up and the raid stopped the boot strap loader sequence, all I see if windows 2000 or 2003 logo, both will sit and hang during the starting of windows, i'm thinking of trying to install windows directly to the drives to see if that would possibly work.
Has anyone experienced an issue like this with their serial ata setup?
My Specs are:
Windows Server 2003/windows 2000
AMD athlon xp 2800+
dcDDR 2x512mb Kingston HyperX PC3200
Asus A7N8X Deluxe Pcb. 2.0, Bios: C1007
Fast track 66 raid controller
I moved my 2x120gb drives to different computers since they had become corrupted and will continue to do so from a problem with IBM. Erasing that helps with a low level format since some data for the drive gets corrupted and IBM's DFT helps
I'm using the latest drivers which are the same at the asus site and on my asus driver disk.
Last edited by Jeordiewhite; November 27th, 2003 at 05:18 PM.
November 27th, 2003, 11:55 PM #2
Well no replys, mind if i do a bump?
I just remembered...
Would anyone know if this onboard raid device has 48-bit LBA that allows for the use of drive sizes exceeding 137 GByte drive capacity?
I'm still not quite sure at all what the problem is, it seems to be possibly a conflict either between the driver or possibly a conflict with any IRQ it was assigned in the bios.
Also anyone know what the SATA_EN1 (3-pin) jumper does on the motherboard?
It mentions it's for serial ata headers, I can't find anything about it and the manual does not explain anything of it.
Last edited by Jeordiewhite; November 28th, 2003 at 12:17 AM.* ¨ )
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November 28th, 2003, 12:09 AM #3
November 28th, 2003, 01:04 AM #4
Well thanks for your reply, however I found a new set of drivers I am going to try, their problem isn't quite the same as mine tho. Oh well I'll keep testing.* ¨ )
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November 29th, 2003, 04:42 PM #5
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If I remember right, I had to install the RAID driver before the OS or anything else, booting directly from the disk with the driver on it. I did a fresh install with no ATA drives or OS, and had no probs. I know there's been several threads on this in this forum. Also, check out the Si website for the latest drivers.ASUS A7N8X-E
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