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Ok, here is the deal.

 

I've been getting some really wierd blue screens over the last couple days. Now stupid me, I failed to write any of them down, but they were rather few and far between. I thought maybe something in my system was unhappy with my overclock. So, I dropped back to defaults the other day until I'd have time to check my OC and see what the issue was. Last night my system, simple refused to complete a boot.

 

It gets through the initial booting sequence and displays my CPU and the Ram timings. It then displays the "nForce4 Ultra" bit and then sits here for about 15-20 seconds. Then on the following line it displays "Detecting IDE drives ..." And hangs completely.

 

Now, I have 2 80 Seagate ATA drives on a Raid 0 on the IDE1.

 

If I reset the bios and disable the raid everything works fine. With or Without my Overclock settings. As SOON as I enable the Raid option in the bios..I go back to getting the lockup shown above.

 

Now I'm starting to think my Southbridge has started to toast as it's the nForce Raid controller that was running those HD's! Or should I look more towards the HD's? They show as available if the Raid is disabled. I'm trying hard not to kill them to test this theory atm, as I have a bit of non backed up work files on them ATM.

 

See my Sig for the rig in question.

 

Thanks in advance for any help you people might be able to provide.

 

O.

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Athlon 64 3000+ (939) Venice @ 9x300 (2700)

Zalman CNPS9500 Zalman fan.

Temps: 27 idle / 41 full load.

DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D (623-3 Bios)

OCZ Platinum PC3200 2X512MB 2.5,4,3,7 1T @ 2.8V Running @ 300Mhz

ATI X850XT 256mb

PSU?

 

If there are any other drives connected, try disconnecting them.

 

Good Luck,

Dave ;)

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Nope only the two drives! And if I disconnect them it runs! Don't have another drive around to test how far it loads though.

 

 

O.

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Hmm...looks like a lot of people are having Raid issues this week! Well just bumping my post. sorry! Trying to keep it on page one for a little longer!

 

Anyways to make this a valid post. To update: I can no longer get into the bios if I have anything attached to the IDE ports. Not sure about SATA, as I don't have one! Anyways, if I have anything on the IDE ports the system hangs on the splash screen and refuses to let me enter the bios or do anything else for that matter.

 

O.

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You might try them on another system to test your HDD's, you could also try to Flash BIOS again to another version just to test. Then you can assume if HDD's are working fine in another system and with a new BIOS in it that if you hook up the IDE cables to them and it hangs again your raid controler maybe shot. also i did not see what powersuply you are using.

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Antec TruePower II -550Watt. I've been running this machine with this powersupply and setup for 5 months now.

 

THe only things I did recently besides use the machine: 2 weeks ago I reformatted and re-installed winXP.

 

I also pulled the CPU to clean the AS5 from it when I installed my CNPS9500, that was about a week ago.

 

Everything worked fine for about 4-5 days like that then boom. I've been very careful to keep an eye on my temps etc. everything is great. I even made sure my 9500 was flat and had good contact with the core. So I don't see how that could have caused the issue!

 

Anyways, theres a little bit more history or ya. :)

 

BTW: Is the nF4 Raid controller part of the chipset? or is it seperate on the motherboard? I was thinking maybe it was overheating? If it's integrated into the chipset then that can't be it since my chipset fan and the subsequent case airflow has it running at the 39-40 range load with voltage at 1.6

 

O.

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Have you tried unplugging it? This sounds weird but I've had a really bizarre issue a couple times where my SLI-DR "lost" my NVidia RAID controller and it wouldn't register it until I removed the power cord and let it sit for a minute. Of course, I then had to go into the BIOS and reorder the boot sequence to pick my RAID array again after :P

 

Soft resets and using the power button did nothing.

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I refreshed the bios and completely unplugged everything (including the battery) and waited. I can now post back into windows, BUT now I can't run an overclock AT ALL!! and I had to put my raid over to my secondary IDE and my CD-Rom drives onto my primary IDE! If I try putting things back together normally then I get the same problem!

 

It's like my Raid doesn't want to work on the primary IDE. I was able to boot of the primary IDE with just the harddrives attached, and no cd-rom on the secondary, but I need the CD-rom to be able to do my backup that is sorely needed!

 

I'm really confused as to what could be causing this??? CPU is Prime95ing with no errors, and my ram seems to be doing just fine. I'm really starting to think the chipset took a long dive off a short pier. Grrr..But I'm still not 100% sure how to test this.

 

O.

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Well I spent a couple hours messing with this board last nite. And sofar no go for fixing the problem, disabled the raid, reformatted the drives, but nothing seems to want to work if I use the primary IDE! My drives are also loosing data. starting to die again and it's been less then a day reformatted and re-installed.

 

Still can't touch my OC at ALL and I can't even run ATITool for my videocard as my drivers for the videocard are shot already. something really doesn't like the IDE controller on this board.

 

Fixed the problem by RMAing the board and I'm getting the Lanparty UT RDX200. Gonna play with it for a little while and then go from there!

 

Thanks for the help though guys, kept me going at it long enough to at least get my data off the drives before giving up! :)

 

O.

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