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  1. I think I know what you're saying. I setup the Raid through BIOS/Setup. The raid shows up as healthy and all that jazz. When I boot into Windows (on the IDE), it doesn't show up as a single drive under 'My Computer'. I tried using Acronis (image management program) to copy my working image of the IDE HD to the Raided HD's, but it shows them as two seperate HD's ... even though BIOS etc show it as a proper raid. After setting up the raid, and entering "IDE Windows" I went into disk management. It doesnt just show one active raided disk ... it shows two disks: one with the raided size (~460GB) and another drive of single size (~240GB). One is active, one isn't. Sorry if that sounds confusing, I can take some screenshots of what it shows directly aftering formatting and setting up the raid (without trying to install windows).
  2. Well I've tried 4 seperate slipstreamed CD's ... all off the same Windows CD, but the original CD works just fine. One of the four slipstreams I've used shouldv'ed worked, I used nLite every time. The Windows CD I've made them all from is a WinXP with SP2. It works on its own, the slipstream would as well.
  3. Its just regular Windows 32bit. Should I maybe try 64 bit? But yeah, I'm gonna try a full Hitachi format here again soon (takes like 2 hours per drive :mad:) and give it a go. I'll run some fitness tests on the HD's, and if they turn up without errors still, I'll get ahold of ya for sending them in.
  4. I had a similar problem once, after flashing my BIOS. Board would power on, but nothing visually on the screen. - Power down system - Unplug the PSU - Set the CMOS jumper to reset - Let it set for awhile (15 minutes was enough for me) - Put jump back - Connect power and boot up - If it boots up, and you are able to get into the BIOS make sure to load the optimized defaults.
  5. Ok, for the past two weeks I have been trying to get my Raid0 working ... it just isn't happening. I have followed Angry's guide exactly ... only difference is our BIOS version, but I have tried 3 seperate BIOS's including the new beta with the 5.50 raid version. I have every BIOS setting configured like the pics in Angry's guide. Without fail I continue to get the BSOD after the auto-reboot during windows installation (right as the Windows logo appears for first time with the animated blue loading bar). All power/cables are in right spots and I have installed the OS on one of the drives singly. I'm currently running of a 20GB IDE while Im messing with it so I can have an OS to run on. I'm beggining to think I possibly have either a bad MOBO or bad HD's. I have formatted my drives several times using the Hitachi DOS disks, and have installed Windows on one of them. Next to calling Hitachi and having them explicity test my drives, I have to assume they are fine. Here is everything I've tried so far. - F6 with included Floppy - F6 with latest DFI disk from site - F6 with the 6.53 Legacy drivers - F6 with the 6.70 Legacy drivers - F6 with the modded 6.85 drivers as outlined by RGone - Slipstreamed at least 5 windows installations with the above drivers The nVidia raid during boot, and in the initial Windows installation appear healthy and is the correct size, (2)250GB = ~460GB I will take screenshots later if needed to prove the validity of my BIOS settings. I have the majors down for sure though (rest following Angry's guide) *Silicon Raid Disabled *Sata 1/2 & 3/4 enabled *Raid enabled *Raid configured and healthy. I've had lots of help with this previously, and I've tried every last suggestion. I hate sending back the board if there is something I'm not doing correctly ... but I feel like I've turned every stone. Help is always greatly appreciated.
  6. Don't mean to semi-hijack your thread, but what is the difference between Raid-0 and Raid-5? I too have a SLI-DR and was wondering about the new beta BOIS as well.
  7. One last minor problem (I hope its minor). It finally worked when I used the modded 6.85 driver set ... like a charm. Windows booted up, and the first thing I installed was the nvidia drivers .... now I used the 6.85 set, should I not have? Because after rebooting it won't boot up. When I boot up on my other HD, I can't even access it although it shows up as healthy under disk management. Gonna reinstall windows on it again, but Im assuming once in windows I should install 6.53 or 6.70
  8. Downloading the 6.85 driver as we speak. To clarify, just because I hate making mistakes, the driver I am downloading is nForce4 AMD/Intel X16 - Windows XP/2000 (32-Bit) I fully formatted both HD's last night using Hitachi's formatting tools (boots off floppy in DOS) and also used the tool to wipe the boot sector, etc and all that jazz. The drives should be clean as a whistle. I'm gonna make the floppy here in a moment and give it a go. Thanks again for all your help Rgone ... you give great credibility to DFI-Street, DFI itself, and of course you (and the various others guiding me through this)
  9. I'm using a WinXP SP2, and am almost positive that it is 32bit. There is only 64 and 32 Im assuming ... and no system I've used this copy on have been 64. That being said, I have tried using the 6.53 legacy set via floppy/F6. I also tried slipstreaming the 6.53 set into XProSP2 using nlite. Got the same result each time. Another thing I found weird, is that I setup the raid through BIOS/F10 ... everything looked good, said the raid was healthy. When I boot up windows (on a single HD) the drives do not show up raided, in fact they do not show up at all in my computer ... assuming its because they haven't been partitioned/formatted/etc. When I look at disk management however, it shows one of the HD's active, adn the other one inactive. From what I understand, as long as the raid was healthy in BIOS etc, I would be able to see the raid once inside windows. For clarification, my computer has one IDE HD with windows running on it, and two Hitachi's I'm trying to raid. This way I can format and do whatever is needed from the same computer. So if I wanted to try the 6.85 set (which I haven't yet) I would pull the legacy files from 6.85 and then add nvata.cat and nvraid.cat from the 6.53 set? Sounds like a shot, I've tried everything else under the sun. Is it at all possible that my mobo may be at fault? Also, which BIOS should I have. I flashed it with the most recent ones I could find for my board at the DFI site. PS - I did upgrade my drives to 3.0 if that makes a difference, but not untill recently.
  10. They show up under everything as raided, only one giant drive under My Computer etc ... When I go to clone images using Acronis, it shows them as two seperate drives. Is raiding them through disk management not true raiding?
  11. Well, I dont know if this is how this was supposed to work, but here is what I did: Setup my BIOS in "compliance" with Angry's nF4 guide, and then setup my raid through the F10 raid menu. I booted into windows on the non-raided drive and opened up disk managment. I set the two drives I wished to raid to dynamic (they were basic by default). I was then able to use the windows wizard to raid the hard drives.
  12. Well I finally got the F10 menu to recognize the HD's seperately, so I was able to reassing the raid .... its now healthy and all that jazz. I also installed the latest Nvidia 6.70 drivers on my current OS on the 3rd (and non-raided) hard drive. What I had hoped to do was setup this installation with all the neccesary drivers/etc, and then setup the raid and clone this instalation over. If I setup both drives through windows disk managment, I delete the partitions, activate them, create a new partition, quick format, etc. I reboot the computer and setup a new raid, but when I login to windows again it deactivates one HD, and the HD it didn't deactivate shows up as the one HD size (not the stripped size). Any guides on setting up a raid on a computer with 3 drives? (where one is used for a temporary OS, the other two actually being raided)
  13. I've been trying to get my raid working, so to make things easier I installed an extra HD (a 20GB IDE) and installed windows on it. I have my two Hitachi HD's setup and recognized as well. I booted up windows, and fully formatted both of them. I rebooted and when back in Windows, both hard drives are recognized. I restart and go into BIOS, and set them up exactly as shown in Angry's tutorial: http://www.angrygames.com/nf4raid-1.htm After saving the BIOS and restarting, I press F10 when prompted to enter the raid setup ... it only shows one drive. So I cancel and go back into windows, both are still there. I check under windows disk management, and they are both Online/Healthy/Active. What am I missing?
  14. I use nlite, it does all that stuff for you.
  15. This is a new system. The copy of windows Im using does work as I've installed it on several other computers. In fact, I even installed it on one of the hard drives I am trying to raid. I tried using the 6.53 drivers streamlined into XProSP2, and I had the exact same BSOD error on the windows loading screen during install directly after the auto reboot. As far as the DFI drivers, I have tried theirs (the floppy supplied with the motherboard). Unless there are different drivers available on their site.
  16. Yeah, as stated in my original post I originally tried to use the supplied DFI floppy among an array of other variations and possibilities. As we speak I am slipstreaming the 6.53 drivers into a stable version of WinXProSP2. I'm currently running windows of a single drive, and backed up the image in case this doesn't work again ... save me some time in case of another failure. Thanks again for everyone's help, I'll post back once I try again.
  17. Ok, I have seriously tried everything and anything to Raid my new system. I'm getting the typical "Blue Screen of Death" during the install process right as the windows logo appears after the auto-reboot (I understand this to be a common problem with nvidia raid drivers and windows). Here is a check list of everything I have tried so far in order (as close as I can remember): - Setup the Raid in BIOS and through the F10 Bootup menu - The standard F6 with BIOS disk (original disk from mobo) - F6 method but with newer drivers - Flashed my mobo to latest BIOS - Tried both F6 methods again just to be sure - Created slip-streamed windows install using nvidia 6.70 drivers ingegrated - Tried one using the Legacy set - Tried another using the sataraid set - Tried a third using the combined sataraid set (last 3 steps were from a slipstream tutorial I was linked to here) - Pulled drivers from the nvidia 6.70 package to floppy and F6'd it - Slipstreamed the nvidia 6.53 drivers into XProSP2 Nothing is working, I cannot raid. I can setup Windows on a single drive with no problems ... it's simply a raiding/driver issue. I really would like to have Raid0, and hope someone is able to help! The only thing I'm not sure of is that I have been doing Quick Formats when attempting to install ... I cant wait the 1.5 hours per try (god knows how many times Ive tried in the past 3 days). Thanks in advance. Guys, thanks for the tons of feedback ... greatly appreciated. I'm gonna quote and answer in the original post since there are lots of ideas floating around. Yeah, Raid shows up as healthy. I set it up via the F10 menu during bootup. Set to stripping, added the two drives, cleared data, set it to boot, and ctrl+x. During the initial Windows install, my drives shows up as a single drive so I know thats working ok. Tried this pretyy much. I streamlined the 6.53's into a Windows CD and got the same error. I created 3 different slipstreamed CD's using that exact tutorial (as stated in my original post). I used the Legacy drivers, the sataraid drivers, and the combined drivers. I have the initial raid setup just fine through BIOS/F10, and it registers as "HEALTHY". Every time I've attempted to install windows, they have showed up as a single drive, thats not the issue. I haven't tried using the 6.53 drivers with the F6/Floppy method, but they didn't work with the slipstreamed method. I will give it a go trying a floppy, but I am assuming it will be the same result.
  18. Guide made sense, grabbed the latest drivers and nlite. Used a windows cd I had that I know works, and slipstreamed in the neccesary files. I cannot get it to burn correctly for the life of me. Nlite creates the files for me, and I've tried burning the files directly to the CD, and Ive also tried creating an image of the freshly created files and burning the image. No matter what I do I get this error when trying to boot from it "BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSTER SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
  19. I didnt have to resort to the safe boot, but it finally is "back to normal" which right now means it hangs up during the windows install. The fix to this I believe is the Raiding crap with Nvidia. So now Im in the process of slipstreaming the good Nvidia drivers into my windows CD ... hopefully that fixes my original problem. Thanks for the help so far!
  20. - I unplugged ther power - Moved jumper over to clear - Waiting for 15 minutes - Plugged in power, turned on PC - BIOS came up - Loaded the optimized settings - Saved and Exited - Went back to the same problem of nothing
  21. I went to DFI and grabbed the latest BIOS for my board. Flashed them without a problem, and when it finished had me restart. *BAM* I don't get anything now. I have full power to my PC, but nothing shows up visually on the monitor, the monitor doesn't even click like it's gonna turn on. Just nothing. Is there a way to reset my BIOS? Im currently doing the 'Reset CMOS' thing by switching the jumper. BTW, what is the correct procedure in Resting the CMOS ... my manual just shows where the jumper is located, and its two settings. From what I have read, I think Im supposed to power down the PC, unplug the power supply completely, and then switch the jump to reset and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then move the jumper back, connect power, boot up PC, and load optimized? I also called DFI (god damn foreign tech support) and he said I might have to send in my BIOS chip which is crap. Any suggestions or in-sight? Am I able to just buy a new BIOS cihp instead of having to mail it back and forth?
  22. Guide said to have the latest BIOS for the MB ... so I went and grabbed the latest ones. Flashed them just fine, after it was finished it said press F1 to continue/restart. Now my computer won't even boot. How do I reset the BIOS? Or am I screwed?
  23. Guide said to have the latest BIOS for the MB ... so I went and grabbed the latest ones. Flashed them just fine, after it was finished it said press F1 to continue/restart. Now my computer won't even boot. How do I reset the BIOS? Or am I screwed?
  24. Just got my new system all put together. I activated the Raid through BIOS and restarted. It recognized the Raid perfectly (Raid0 btw). I then proceed to install windows, it asks for my Raid disk ... I load the two Nv files neccesary, and continue. Things *seemed* to go well, and when it auto-restarts it gets to the WindowsXP logo for a second, gives me a blue screen for a second (cant read it), then restarts. Maybe bad HD's, maybe bad raid configuration so I put in my HD from my old computer and it gives me the same issues. Any ideas, Im freaking lost.
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