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I've had my LP nF3 UT 250gb for two weeks now and the main problem I have is that when starting the PC from cold (where it has been sitting off for a while), the SATA 3/4 drives (2 Maxtor 120gb 7200) don't get recognized. The result is either my PC hangs at "Detecting array", or it gets past that and hangs at the loading DMI (just before Windows), OR the hard drive boot sequence somehow changes in the bios and points to my data IDE drive first (which has no OS) and the Maxtor RAID drives 2nd.

 

To fix this, I have to continually go into the bios, go into the Standard CMOS Features section, and re-recognize the drives on the Intenal phy SATA 3 and 3 (chnage them to Auto from None). Then, if the dive sequence changed, I have to go into the Advanced BIOS Features and change the Hard Drive Boot Priority to the RAID striped drives to be first, rather than my IDE data drive.

 

I'm running the 10/15 Jesse bios, but I am not overclocking at all.

 

What gives. This is a real pain in the a$$. Is there a fix for this? Should the board be RMA'd?

 

Please help.

 

nToxiK

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  • 2 weeks later...
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I get the same thing every once in a blue moon (noteably when I unplug or flip the switch on my PSU, re-energize, and then boot).

 

However, my board is a NFIIU400S-AL, which is a NF2 board with SATA RAID support. Doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, it seems to hang in the same spot yours is - during array detection. It shows the NVidia RAID BIOS 4.60, the phrase "DETECTING ARRAY", and then nothing. Normally it detects the array just fine, and blows right past that and into the XP boot process.

 

If I CTRL+ALT+DEL, it always runs fine on re-boot... never hangs twice in a row.

 

I'm pretty sure that 4.60 is the latest NVidia BIOS release for the controller, and I know other board manufacturers also have the problem in their NVRaid boards (MSI in particular), so it doesn't sound like a DFI issue.

 

If anyone has any insight I'd greatly appreciate it.

 

Thanks

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Well I'm RMA'ing my board as well. I don't have any UV lighting in my PC so that is not the problem.

 

DFI - what are we supposed to do about this? What is the solution? I hope that I don't get another board back from DFI with the same problem.

 

nToxiK

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No converters. These are Maxtor SATA 120gb 7200 drives that I was i've have had previously installed in my ASUS A7N8X Deluxe without a single RAID issue.

 

And yes, these drives were reformatted for the DFI board.

 

nToxiK

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no converters. native SATA data and power here. BTW, have used both native and legacy power on my drives, no change.

 

bad news for me - can't rma to newegg... says i have to deal with dfi directly.

 

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Yes, RGone is a DFI tech... the link in post #5 gives his position/analysis of the issue, which was addressed in another thread.

 

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