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Motherboards Help please: Abit IP35 PRO and RAID

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by fivecheebs, 22 Jan 2009.

  1. fivecheebs

    fivecheebs Dont panic!

    19 Feb 2003
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    Hi Guys, Its been a long time since i was here regularly, but i need some assistance. Hopefully someone can help.

    A while ago I built a system for my boss. IP35 PRO, C2D, 4GB RAM, 74GB Raptor, and a pair of 500GB SATA drives in RAID1 with Vista Ultimate 64.

    It has been running fine with no issues other than vista 64 software compatibility probs.

    His sons started using the PC a lot, and they were flummoxed by the Vista UI as they have been getting taught XP in school, so i was asked to format it and put XP on for them.

    I was not able to put XP on the raptor in its current config due to blue screens during the install, before actually getting to install the OS. I remember having some issues when i initially set the PC up by having to remove the RAID drives, then adding them after vista was installed. I tried this but still kept getting plagued by the blue screens. Changing the Intel SATA controller to IDE mode sorted that, and i was able to put XP on the primary partition.

    Now whenever i re enable the RAID setting for the Intel SATA controller in the BIOS it fails to boot at "verifying DMI data pool"... same with ACPI.

    I have tried fixMBR, to no avail. So now i seem to be stuck to only using IDE mode with obviously does away with the mirror which is less than ideal. IDE mode does work with all drives installed however, the pair of 500s are just seen separately, just with the same data on each drive, the data that was on the mirror before i started this process.

    I do have a copy of the Vista install on another partition of the raptor currently, It doesnt work, but i've not tried to fix it yet.

    I am running the latest BIOS

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

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