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P4C800E-D Intel RAID and Promise RAID

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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2005 1:09:37 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

Hi,

I've been running a RAID 0 for the past year on the Promise controller. Now
I want to switch over to the Intel controller due to the Promise controller
is starting to get flaky. I understand what to physically do, but Windows XP
recognizes the Southbridge chip as 82801EB and not as what is etched upon
the chip - 82801ER. I've tried to reinstall the correct drivers but it
defaults to the EB chip. About a year ago I vaguely remember talking to
Intel about this. What they said is when you run from the Promise controller
you get the EB chip displayed. When using the Intel chip you get the ER chip
displayed. Does this make sense??

Lately, installing the correct drivers gives me an error that the chipset is
not compatible with the drivers.

I plan on connecting the two SATA hds to the Intel SATA connectors on the
motherboard, create a new RAID 0 with the Intel utility, reinstall Windows
XP and load the correct Intel drivers. If I do this will the southbridge
chip be correctly identified as 82801ER? Will IAA install? Would it be
better to use Intel website drivers rather than Asus drivers?

Has anyone RMA'd ASUS?? How long does it take to get your board back?
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2005 11:41:51 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

"Clark Griswold" <f@i.net> wrote in message
news:jLednX2dWfa6OmbcRVn-jw@comcast.com...
> Hi,
>
> I've been running a RAID 0 for the past year on the Promise controller.
Now
> I want to switch over to the Intel controller due to the Promise
controller
> is starting to get flaky. I understand what to physically do, but Windows
XP
> recognizes the Southbridge chip as 82801EB and not as what is etched upon
> the chip - 82801ER. I've tried to reinstall the correct drivers but it
> defaults to the EB chip. About a year ago I vaguely remember talking to
> Intel about this. What they said is when you run from the Promise
controller
> you get the EB chip displayed. When using the Intel chip you get the ER
chip
> displayed. Does this make sense??
>
> Lately, installing the correct drivers gives me an error that the chipset
is
> not compatible with the drivers.
>
> I plan on connecting the two SATA hds to the Intel SATA connectors on the
> motherboard, create a new RAID 0 with the Intel utility, reinstall Windows
> XP and load the correct Intel drivers. If I do this will the southbridge
> chip be correctly identified as 82801ER? Will IAA install? Would it be
> better to use Intel website drivers rather than Asus drivers?
>
> Has anyone RMA'd ASUS?? How long does it take to get your board back?
>
>

Interesting, since I'm having the same issues with an AOpen board, which is
the AOpen AX4C Max II.

You are going to have to reinstall WinXP after you rebuild the Raid array,
unless
you image the boot drive first. If you want to use an image, uninstall the
Promise
controller from inside WinXP. To be safe, be sure
that you can build the Intel array first (see below).

Put your two drives on SATA1 and SATA2, corresponding to the ICH5R.
Boot into the Bios ->
Integrated Peripherals->
OnChip Serial ATA Controller->
Set it to Enhanced Mode, then enable Raid, not IDE.

Restart, then (If all goes well) enter the Intel Raid Utility via <cntrl>-I

If you don't see this utility in the Bios (about half way) then somethings
seriously wrong.

Configure your Array. Grab the driver floppy for the 8201ER controller,
insert your WinXP CD, then start the WinXP install. When notified, hit
F6 to acknowledge that you have a Raid driver. You will have to
go through the whole process, which takes the usual 45 minutes.

hth,
tlviewer
January 31, 2005 11:17:25 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

EB = controller set to non raid in the bios
ER = configured as raid in the bios.

IE the reported chip changes when you change the ICH5R bios settings from
RAID to non RAID.

If you want to run as RAID, configure as RAID while running off the Promise
controller. This will allow you to install the drivers onto your current
Windows XP setup so that it will be ready for running of the new
controller - for some odd reason, Intel coded the driver installer to refuse
installation if the ICH5R is not configured as RAID (ie 'ER').

Personally, I would image the existing drive off sonewhere and then only,
image back to a fresh new ICH5R raid config.

BOL
- Tim


"Clark Griswold" <f@i.net> wrote in message
news:jLednX2dWfa6OmbcRVn-jw@comcast.com...
> Hi,
>
> I've been running a RAID 0 for the past year on the Promise controller.
> Now I want to switch over to the Intel controller due to the Promise
> controller is starting to get flaky. I understand what to physically do,
> but Windows XP recognizes the Southbridge chip as 82801EB and not as what
> is etched upon the chip - 82801ER. I've tried to reinstall the correct
> drivers but it defaults to the EB chip. About a year ago I vaguely
> remember talking to Intel about this. What they said is when you run from
> the Promise controller you get the EB chip displayed. When using the Intel
> chip you get the ER chip displayed. Does this make sense??
>
> Lately, installing the correct drivers gives me an error that the chipset
> is not compatible with the drivers.
>
> I plan on connecting the two SATA hds to the Intel SATA connectors on the
> motherboard, create a new RAID 0 with the Intel utility, reinstall Windows
> XP and load the correct Intel drivers. If I do this will the southbridge
> chip be correctly identified as 82801ER? Will IAA install? Would it be
> better to use Intel website drivers rather than Asus drivers?
>
> Has anyone RMA'd ASUS?? How long does it take to get your board back?
>
!