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March 26, 2005 11:06:15 AM

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

I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to install Win
XP.

I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.

The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the assemblers
specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was ordered
as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):

Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge) an
ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410 chipset
for on board IDE RAID

Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM

Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston

CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS

Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD

A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.

Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte label
containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB User's
manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no relevance to
the problem I have encountered?

The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
I think this is correct?

The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've tried
different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know what
this means??)

The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:

On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
The following four entries are greyed out and are:
X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
Again I think these settings are correct?

On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility entitled
"Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are four
choices;
Create RAID Volume;
Delete RAID Volume,
Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
Exit.

The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
RAID Volumes - none defined and
Physical disks:
Port Drive Model Serial Size
Type/Status (Vol ID)
0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
non-RAID Disk
1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
non-RAID Disk

On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
Strip Size: "128KB" and
Capacity: 306.7GB.
The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the original
four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID Volumes" it
records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that Status
is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"

Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except that
the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message at the
last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".

I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page appears.

If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary drivers,
Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup. This
portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices, the
first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately informed
that:
"Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve
running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".

I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID Driver"
option.

And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much older
machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything it
deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at its
contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of the
folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using with the
onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size, too
large for putting on a floppy anyway.

The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I ASSUME is
NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it says in
this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include the
ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a floppy
and its subsequent installation. It says:

"Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install XP from
the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then supply
serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."

There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones called
'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are irrelevant.
Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one called,
'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.

I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing saying
that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to continue".
Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did not
appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.

I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they sent me a
driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note saying
"About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product spec.,
the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature. Thus,
please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation later."

I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the "S"
prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could not be
found, press any key to continue' appears immediately

I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea where
to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install after
choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0 array.

I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID configuration
several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi drives
is OK.

But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who has a
GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve this
or anyone else who can resolve this problem.

Regards,

RoS
March 27, 2005 1:44:17 AM

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

Hi,

I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to create
the floppy for use with F6 during boot.


HTH




"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>
>
> I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to install
> Win
> XP.
>
> I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
> trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
>
> The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> assemblers
> specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was ordered
> as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
>
> Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge) an
> ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
> chipset
> for on board IDE RAID
>
> Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
>
> Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
>
> CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
>
> Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
>
> A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
>
> Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte label
> containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB User's
> manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
> endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no relevance
> to
> the problem I have encountered?
>
> The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> I think this is correct?
>
> The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've tried
> different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know what
> this means??)
>
> The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
>
> On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
> Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> Again I think these settings are correct?
>
> On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility entitled
> "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are four
> choices;
> Create RAID Volume;
> Delete RAID Volume,
> Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> Exit.
>
> The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> RAID Volumes - none defined and
> Physical disks:
> Port Drive Model Serial Size
> Type/Status (Vol ID)
> 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> non-RAID Disk
> 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> non-RAID Disk
>
> On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> Strip Size: "128KB" and
> Capacity: 306.7GB.
> The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
> capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
> creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
> Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
> original
> four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID Volumes"
> it
> records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
> Status
> is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
>
> Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except that
> the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message at
> the
> last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
>
> I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page appears.
>
> If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary drivers,
> Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup. This
> portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices, the
> first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately informed
> that:
> "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
> that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> involve
> running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
>
> I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
> Driver"
> option.
>
> And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much older
> machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything it
> deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at its
> contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of the
> folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using with
> the
> onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size, too
> large for putting on a floppy anyway.
>
> The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I ASSUME
> is
> NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it says in
> this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
> screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include the
> ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a floppy
> and its subsequent installation. It says:
>
> "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install XP
> from
> the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then supply
> serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
>
> There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones called
> 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are irrelevant.
> Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one called,
> 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
>
> I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
> message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing saying
> that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> continue".
> Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did not
> appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
>
> I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they sent me
> a
> driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note saying
> "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product
> spec.,
> the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature. Thus,
> please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
> later."
>
> I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the "S"
> prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could not be
> found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
>
> I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea where
> to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install after
> choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0
> array.
>
> I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> configuration
> several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi
> drives
> is OK.
>
> But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who has a
> GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve this
> or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
>
> Regards,
>
> RoS
>
>
>
March 27, 2005 1:44:18 AM

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

Hi,

I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed it
properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file txtsetup.oem
could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings up the
"Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve
running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message later.
Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs suggested
by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.

Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.

RoS

"Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> Hi,
>
> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
create
> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
>
>
> HTH
>
>
>
>
> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> >
> >
> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to install
> > Win
> > XP.
> >
> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
> >
> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> > assemblers
> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
ordered
> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
> >
> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge) an
> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
> > chipset
> > for on board IDE RAID
> >
> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
> >
> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
> >
> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
> >
> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
> >
> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
> >
> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte
label
> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB User's
> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no relevance
> > to
> > the problem I have encountered?
> >
> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> > I think this is correct?
> >
> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've tried
> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know
what
> > this means??)
> >
> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
> >
> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> > Again I think these settings are correct?
> >
> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility entitled
> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are
four
> > choices;
> > Create RAID Volume;
> > Delete RAID Volume,
> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> > Exit.
> >
> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
> > Physical disks:
> > Port Drive Model Serial
Size
> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> > non-RAID Disk
> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> > non-RAID Disk
> >
> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
> > original
> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
Volumes"
> > it
> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
> > Status
> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
> >
> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except
that
> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message at
> > the
> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
> >
> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
appears.
> >
> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary drivers,
> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup. This
> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices, the
> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately informed
> > that:
> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> > involve
> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
> >
> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
> > Driver"
> > option.
> >
> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much older
> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything it
> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at its
> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of the
> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using with
> > the
> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size, too
> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
> >
> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I ASSUME
> > is
> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it says
in
> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include the
> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
floppy
> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
> >
> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install XP
> > from
> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then supply
> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
> >
> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones called
> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
irrelevant.
> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
called,
> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
> >
> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
> > message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing
saying
> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> > continue".
> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did
not
> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
> >
> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they sent
me
> > a
> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note saying
> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product
> > spec.,
> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature. Thus,
> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
> > later."
> >
> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the
"S"
> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could not
be
> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
> >
> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea
where
> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install after
> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0
> > array.
> >
> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> > configuration
> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi
> > drives
> > is OK.
> >
> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who has
a
> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve
this
> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > RoS
> >
> >
> >
>
>
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March 27, 2005 1:45:28 AM

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

Oh, and think twice about using raid 0. Either disc fails and the raid is
stuffed.

"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>
>
> I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to install
> Win
> XP.
>
> I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
> trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
>
> The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> assemblers
> specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was ordered
> as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
>
> Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge) an
> ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
> chipset
> for on board IDE RAID
>
> Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
>
> Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
>
> CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
>
> Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
>
> A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
>
> Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte label
> containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB User's
> manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
> endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no relevance
> to
> the problem I have encountered?
>
> The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> I think this is correct?
>
> The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've tried
> different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know what
> this means??)
>
> The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
>
> On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
> Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> Again I think these settings are correct?
>
> On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility entitled
> "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are four
> choices;
> Create RAID Volume;
> Delete RAID Volume,
> Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> Exit.
>
> The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> RAID Volumes - none defined and
> Physical disks:
> Port Drive Model Serial Size
> Type/Status (Vol ID)
> 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> non-RAID Disk
> 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> non-RAID Disk
>
> On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> Strip Size: "128KB" and
> Capacity: 306.7GB.
> The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
> capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
> creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
> Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
> original
> four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID Volumes"
> it
> records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
> Status
> is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
>
> Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except that
> the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message at
> the
> last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
>
> I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page appears.
>
> If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary drivers,
> Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup. This
> portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices, the
> first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately informed
> that:
> "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
> that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> involve
> running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
>
> I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
> Driver"
> option.
>
> And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much older
> machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything it
> deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at its
> contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of the
> folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using with
> the
> onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size, too
> large for putting on a floppy anyway.
>
> The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I ASSUME
> is
> NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it says in
> this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
> screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include the
> ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a floppy
> and its subsequent installation. It says:
>
> "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install XP
> from
> the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then supply
> serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
>
> There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones called
> 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are irrelevant.
> Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one called,
> 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
>
> I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
> message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing saying
> that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> continue".
> Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did not
> appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
>
> I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they sent me
> a
> driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note saying
> "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product
> spec.,
> the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature. Thus,
> please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
> later."
>
> I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the "S"
> prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could not be
> found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
>
> I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea where
> to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install after
> choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0
> array.
>
> I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> configuration
> several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi
> drives
> is OK.
>
> But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who has a
> GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve this
> or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
>
> Regards,
>
> RoS
>
>
>
March 27, 2005 2:49:08 AM

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

Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the manual for
the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID mode.

The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf, and .oem
I think.

Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just double
clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it put the
files straight on the floppy.

Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it prompt a
second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave the
driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.


"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> Hi,
>
> I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed it
> properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file txtsetup.oem
> could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings up
> the
> "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
> that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> involve
> running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message later.
> Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
> suggested
> by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
>
> Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
>
> RoS
>
> "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
> create
>> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
>>
>>
>> HTH
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
>> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>> >
>> >
>> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
>> > install
>> > Win
>> > XP.
>> >
>> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
>> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
>> >
>> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
>> > assemblers
>> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
> ordered
>> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
>> >
>> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
>> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge) an
>> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
>> > chipset
>> > for on board IDE RAID
>> >
>> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
>> >
>> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
>> >
>> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
>> >
>> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
>> >
>> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
>> >
>> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte
> label
>> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB
>> > User's
>> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
>> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
>> > relevance
>> > to
>> > the problem I have encountered?
>> >
>> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
>> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
>> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
>> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
>> > I think this is correct?
>> >
>> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've tried
>> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know
> what
>> > this means??)
>> >
>> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
>> >
>> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
>> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
>> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
>> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
>> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
>> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
>> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
>> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
>> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
>> > Again I think these settings are correct?
>> >
>> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility entitled
>> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are
> four
>> > choices;
>> > Create RAID Volume;
>> > Delete RAID Volume,
>> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
>> > Exit.
>> >
>> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
>> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
>> > Physical disks:
>> > Port Drive Model Serial
> Size
>> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
>> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> > non-RAID Disk
>> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> > non-RAID Disk
>> >
>> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
>> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
>> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
>> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
>> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
>> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
>> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
>> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
>> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
>> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
>> > original
>> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
> Volumes"
>> > it
>> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
>> > Status
>> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
>> >
>> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except
> that
>> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
>> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message
>> > at
>> > the
>> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
>> >
>> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
> appears.
>> >
>> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
>> > drivers,
>> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup.
>> > This
>> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices,
>> > the
>> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
>> > informed
>> > that:
>> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
>> > sure
>> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
>> > involve
>> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
>> >
>> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
>> > Driver"
>> > option.
>> >
>> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much
>> > older
>> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything
>> > it
>> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at
>> > its
>> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of the
>> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using
>> > with
>> > the
>> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size, too
>> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
>> >
>> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I
>> > ASSUME
>> > is
>> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it says
> in
>> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
>> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include
>> > the
>> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
> floppy
>> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
>> >
>> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install XP
>> > from
>> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then supply
>> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
>> >
>> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones called
>> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
> irrelevant.
>> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
> called,
>> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
>> >
>> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
>> > message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing
> saying
>> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
>> > continue".
>> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did
> not
>> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
>> >
>> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they sent
> me
>> > a
>> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note
>> > saying
>> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product
>> > spec.,
>> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature.
>> > Thus,
>> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
>> > later."
>> >
>> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the
> "S"
>> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could not
> be
>> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
>> >
>> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea
> where
>> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install after
>> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0
>> > array.
>> >
>> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
>> > configuration
>> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi
>> > drives
>> > is OK.
>> >
>> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who has
> a
>> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve
> this
>> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> >
>> > RoS
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
March 27, 2005 2:49:09 AM

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

Those 4 files were there - and license and read me txt files. But there is
no reboot stage. After pressing F6. Setup loads file until it asks for the
device support disk. "S" is pressed and INTEL (R) 82801ER SATA RAID
CONTROLLER is prsented for selection. when it is selected, it continues to a
screen saying Setup will load suport for .... INTEL etc. Pressing 'Enter'
then causes more files to be loaded and eventually a page appears saying
that 'enter' will set up XP now. Pressing enter rsults in setup not finding
any hard disks installed!

Should there be a proper reboot?

RoS
"Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
news:D 23e9e$j1v$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the manual for
> the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID mode.
>
> The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf, and
..oem
> I think.
>
> Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just double
> clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it put
the
> files straight on the floppy.
>
> Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it prompt a
> second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave the
> driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.
>
>
> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > Hi,
> >
> > I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed it
> > properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file
txtsetup.oem
> > could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings up
> > the
> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make sure
> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> > involve
> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message
later.
> > Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
> > suggested
> > by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
> >
> > Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
> >
> > RoS
> >
> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> > news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
> > create
> >> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
> >>
> >>
> >> HTH
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> >> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
> >> > install
> >> > Win
> >> > XP.
> >> >
> >> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
> >> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
> >> >
> >> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> >> > assemblers
> >> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
> > ordered
> >> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
> >> >
> >> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> >> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge)
an
> >> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
> >> > chipset
> >> > for on board IDE RAID
> >> >
> >> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
> >> >
> >> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
> >> >
> >> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
> >> >
> >> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
> >> >
> >> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
> >> >
> >> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte
> > label
> >> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB
> >> > User's
> >> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual is
> >> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
> >> > relevance
> >> > to
> >> > the problem I have encountered?
> >> >
> >> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> >> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> >> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> >> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> >> > I think this is correct?
> >> >
> >> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've
tried
> >> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't know
> > what
> >> > this means??)
> >> >
> >> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
> >> >
> >> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> >> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> >> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> >> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> >> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> >> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> >> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> >> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further down:
> >> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> >> > Again I think these settings are correct?
> >> >
> >> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility
entitled
> >> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There are
> > four
> >> > choices;
> >> > Create RAID Volume;
> >> > Delete RAID Volume,
> >> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> >> > Exit.
> >> >
> >> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> >> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
> >> > Physical disks:
> >> > Port Drive Model Serial
> > Size
> >> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
> >> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> >> > non-RAID Disk
> >> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> >> > non-RAID Disk
> >> >
> >> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> >> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> >> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> >> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> >> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
> >> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
> >> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
> >> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is chosen,
> >> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining space.
> >> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
> >> > original
> >> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
> > Volumes"
> >> > it
> >> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
> >> > Status
> >> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
> >> >
> >> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except
> > that
> >> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> >> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a message
> >> > at
> >> > the
> >> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
> >> >
> >> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
> > appears.
> >> >
> >> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
> >> > drivers,
> >> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup.
> >> > This
> >> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices,
> >> > the
> >> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
> >> > informed
> >> > that:
> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
> >> > sure
> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> >> > involve
> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
> >> >
> >> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
> >> > Driver"
> >> > option.
> >> >
> >> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much
> >> > older
> >> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install anything
> >> > it
> >> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at
> >> > its
> >> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of
the
> >> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using
> >> > with
> >> > the
> >> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size,
too
> >> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
> >> >
> >> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I
> >> > ASSUME
> >> > is
> >> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it
says
> > in
> >> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on the
> >> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include
> >> > the
> >> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
> > floppy
> >> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
> >> >
> >> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install
XP
> >> > from
> >> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then
supply
> >> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
> >> >
> >> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones
called
> >> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
> > irrelevant.
> >> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
> > called,
> >> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
> >> >
> >> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard drives'
> >> > message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing
> > saying
> >> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> >> > continue".
> >> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message did
> > not
> >> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
> >> >
> >> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they
sent
> > me
> >> > a
> >> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note
> >> > saying
> >> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on product
> >> > spec.,
> >> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature.
> >> > Thus,
> >> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
> >> > later."
> >> >
> >> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at the
> > "S"
> >> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could
not
> > be
> >> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
> >> >
> >> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea
> > where
> >> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install
after
> >> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a RAID0
> >> > array.
> >> >
> >> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> >> > configuration
> >> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two Hitachi
> >> > drives
> >> > is OK.
> >> >
> >> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who
has
> > a
> >> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to solve
> > this
> >> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
> >> >
> >> > Regards,
> >> >
> >> > RoS
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
March 27, 2005 2:11:54 PM

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

The reboot occurs at the normal point in setup - a lot later after all files
for XP are installed and setup is ready to start runing XP to configure it.

It sounds like you either have the bios settings wrong now, or ince you
tried a disc as an IDE disc you have not re-setup the RAID volume - refer to
the steps you detailed in your original post.

If setup can't see a disc to install on then it is either:
1. The controller is not enabled,
2. The controller is not in raid mode correctly,
3. A RAID volume does not exist on the volume
4. The dics are not plugged into the right controller
5. You are loading the wrong driver.

It is easy to plug discs into the wrong SATA ports, to skip the RAID
initialisation, to feed in the wrong drivers.

Asus may have given you the wrong drivers... but they sound correct.

I suggest you disconnect the discs, and following diagrams in the manual
start again. Perhaps Load Bios defaults and check everything there.

HTH



"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:e6c1e.12807$C7.10690@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> Those 4 files were there - and license and read me txt files. But there
> is
> no reboot stage. After pressing F6. Setup loads file until it asks for
> the
> device support disk. "S" is pressed and INTEL (R) 82801ER SATA RAID
> CONTROLLER is prsented for selection. when it is selected, it continues to
> a
> screen saying Setup will load suport for .... INTEL etc. Pressing 'Enter'
> then causes more files to be loaded and eventually a page appears saying
> that 'enter' will set up XP now. Pressing enter rsults in setup not
> finding
> any hard disks installed!
>
> Should there be a proper reboot?
>
> RoS
> "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> news:D 23e9e$j1v$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
>> Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the manual
>> for
>> the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID mode.
>>
>> The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf, and
> .oem
>> I think.
>>
>> Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just
>> double
>> clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it put
> the
>> files straight on the floppy.
>>
>> Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it prompt
>> a
>> second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave the
>> driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.
>>
>>
>> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
>> news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed
>> > it
>> > properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file
> txtsetup.oem
>> > could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings
>> > up
>> > the
>> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
>> > sure
>> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
>> > involve
>> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message
> later.
>> > Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
>> > suggested
>> > by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
>> >
>> > Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
>> >
>> > RoS
>> >
>> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
>> > news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
>> >> Hi,
>> >>
>> >> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
>> > create
>> >> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> HTH
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
>> >> > install
>> >> > Win
>> >> > XP.
>> >> >
>> >> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
>> >> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
>> >> >
>> >> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
>> >> > assemblers
>> >> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
>> > ordered
>> >> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
>> >> >
>> >> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
>> >> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge)
> an
>> >> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
>> >> > chipset
>> >> > for on board IDE RAID
>> >> >
>> >> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
>> >> >
>> >> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
>> >> >
>> >> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
>> >> >
>> >> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
>> >> >
>> >> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
>> >> >
>> >> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte
>> > label
>> >> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB
>> >> > User's
>> >> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual
>> >> > is
>> >> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
>> >> > relevance
>> >> > to
>> >> > the problem I have encountered?
>> >> >
>> >> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
>> >> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
>> >> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
>> >> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
>> >> > I think this is correct?
>> >> >
>> >> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've
> tried
>> >> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't
>> >> > know
>> > what
>> >> > this means??)
>> >> >
>> >> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
>> >> >
>> >> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
>> >> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
>> >> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
>> >> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
>> >> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
>> >> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
>> >> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
>> >> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further
>> >> > down:
>> >> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
>> >> > Again I think these settings are correct?
>> >> >
>> >> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility
> entitled
>> >> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There
>> >> > are
>> > four
>> >> > choices;
>> >> > Create RAID Volume;
>> >> > Delete RAID Volume,
>> >> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
>> >> > Exit.
>> >> >
>> >> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
>> >> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
>> >> > Physical disks:
>> >> > Port Drive Model Serial
>> > Size
>> >> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
>> >> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> >> > non-RAID Disk
>> >> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> >> > non-RAID Disk
>> >> >
>> >> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
>> >> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
>> >> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
>> >> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
>> >> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
>> >> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
>> >> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
>> >> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is
>> >> > chosen,
>> >> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining
>> >> > space.
>> >> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
>> >> > original
>> >> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
>> > Volumes"
>> >> > it
>> >> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
>> >> > Status
>> >> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
>> >> >
>> >> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except
>> > that
>> >> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
>> >> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a
>> >> > message
>> >> > at
>> >> > the
>> >> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
>> >> >
>> >> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
>> > appears.
>> >> >
>> >> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
>> >> > drivers,
>> >> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup.
>> >> > This
>> >> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices,
>> >> > the
>> >> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
>> >> > informed
>> >> > that:
>> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
>> >> > sure
>> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
>> >> > involve
>> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
>> >> >
>> >> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
>> >> > Driver"
>> >> > option.
>> >> >
>> >> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much
>> >> > older
>> >> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install
>> >> > anything
>> >> > it
>> >> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at
>> >> > its
>> >> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of
> the
>> >> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using
>> >> > with
>> >> > the
>> >> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size,
> too
>> >> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
>> >> >
>> >> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I
>> >> > ASSUME
>> >> > is
>> >> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it
> says
>> > in
>> >> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on
>> >> > the
>> >> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include
>> >> > the
>> >> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
>> > floppy
>> >> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
>> >> >
>> >> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install
> XP
>> >> > from
>> >> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then
> supply
>> >> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
>> >> >
>> >> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones
> called
>> >> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
>> > irrelevant.
>> >> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
>> > called,
>> >> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
>> >> >
>> >> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard
>> >> > drives'
>> >> > message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing
>> > saying
>> >> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
>> >> > continue".
>> >> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message
>> >> > did
>> > not
>> >> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
>> >> >
>> >> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they
> sent
>> > me
>> >> > a
>> >> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note
>> >> > saying
>> >> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on
>> >> > product
>> >> > spec.,
>> >> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature.
>> >> > Thus,
>> >> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
>> >> > later."
>> >> >
>> >> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at
>> >> > the
>> > "S"
>> >> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could
> not
>> > be
>> >> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
>> >> >
>> >> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea
>> > where
>> >> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install
> after
>> >> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a
>> >> > RAID0
>> >> > array.
>> >> >
>> >> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
>> >> > configuration
>> >> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two
>> >> > Hitachi
>> >> > drives
>> >> > is OK.
>> >> >
>> >> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who
> has
>> > a
>> >> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to
>> >> > solve
>> > this
>> >> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
>> >> >
>> >> > Regards,
>> >> >
>> >> > RoS
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 29, 2005 12:28:40 AM

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

I did manage to get raid 0 set up on the sata drives with the Gigabyte
GA-8I915P Duo Pro, though I have sent the board back as my Windows XP kept
rebooting at random.

I actually installed the boot on the IDE but the principle is the same.
The thing to realise is that the sata raid driver is called IAA (Intel
Application Accelerator ).
You need to create the floppy as per the instructions in the manual.
When installing windows you need to press F6 when prompted and insert the
floppy in the drive. (windows will ask for it a second time).
If you are also installing the ide raid then the order of inserting the
floppies is imported as windows will make drive c: the first drive enabled
by the drivers.

I was confused on how to configure the bios so that after installing XP the
reboot would work. I finally figured it at then I also came across a site
which gives a very good guide to installing a Gigabyte motherboard.

http://www.hardwarezone.com/guides/intel-socketT/

regards

John

"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:e6c1e.12807$C7.10690@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> Those 4 files were there - and license and read me txt files. But there
> is
> no reboot stage. After pressing F6. Setup loads file until it asks for
> the
> device support disk. "S" is pressed and INTEL (R) 82801ER SATA RAID
> CONTROLLER is prsented for selection. when it is selected, it continues to
> a
> screen saying Setup will load suport for .... INTEL etc. Pressing 'Enter'
> then causes more files to be loaded and eventually a page appears saying
> that 'enter' will set up XP now. Pressing enter rsults in setup not
> finding
> any hard disks installed!
>
> Should there be a proper reboot?
>
> RoS
> "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> news:D 23e9e$j1v$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
>> Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the manual
>> for
>> the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID mode.
>>
>> The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf, and
> .oem
>> I think.
>>
>> Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just
>> double
>> clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it put
> the
>> files straight on the floppy.
>>
>> Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it prompt
>> a
>> second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave the
>> driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.
>>
>>
>> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
>> news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed
>> > it
>> > properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file
> txtsetup.oem
>> > could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings
>> > up
>> > the
>> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
>> > sure
>> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
>> > involve
>> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message
> later.
>> > Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
>> > suggested
>> > by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
>> >
>> > Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
>> >
>> > RoS
>> >
>> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
>> > news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
>> >> Hi,
>> >>
>> >> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
>> > create
>> >> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> HTH
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
>> >> > install
>> >> > Win
>> >> > XP.
>> >> >
>> >> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to me
>> >> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
>> >> >
>> >> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
>> >> > assemblers
>> >> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
>> > ordered
>> >> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
>> >> >
>> >> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
>> >> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and (Southbridge)
> an
>> >> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in VT6410
>> >> > chipset
>> >> > for on board IDE RAID
>> >> >
>> >> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
>> >> >
>> >> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
>> >> >
>> >> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
>> >> >
>> >> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
>> >> >
>> >> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
>> >> >
>> >> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a Gigabyte
>> > label
>> >> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB
>> >> > User's
>> >> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual
>> >> > is
>> >> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
>> >> > relevance
>> >> > to
>> >> > the problem I have encountered?
>> >> >
>> >> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
>> >> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
>> >> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
>> >> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
>> >> > I think this is correct?
>> >> >
>> >> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've
> tried
>> >> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't
>> >> > know
>> > what
>> >> > this means??)
>> >> >
>> >> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
>> >> >
>> >> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
>> >> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
>> >> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
>> >> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
>> >> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
>> >> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
>> >> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
>> >> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further
>> >> > down:
>> >> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
>> >> > Again I think these settings are correct?
>> >> >
>> >> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility
> entitled
>> >> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There
>> >> > are
>> > four
>> >> > choices;
>> >> > Create RAID Volume;
>> >> > Delete RAID Volume,
>> >> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
>> >> > Exit.
>> >> >
>> >> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
>> >> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
>> >> > Physical disks:
>> >> > Port Drive Model Serial
>> > Size
>> >> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
>> >> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> >> > non-RAID Disk
>> >> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
>> >> > non-RAID Disk
>> >> >
>> >> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
>> >> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
>> >> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
>> >> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
>> >> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
>> >> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
>> >> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max volume
>> >> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is
>> >> > chosen,
>> >> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining
>> >> > space.
>> >> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to the
>> >> > original
>> >> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
>> > Volumes"
>> >> > it
>> >> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says that
>> >> > Status
>> >> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
>> >> >
>> >> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before except
>> > that
>> >> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
>> >> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a
>> >> > message
>> >> > at
>> >> > the
>> >> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
>> >> >
>> >> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
>> > appears.
>> >> >
>> >> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
>> >> > drivers,
>> >> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to Setup.
>> >> > This
>> >> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three choices,
>> >> > the
>> >> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
>> >> > informed
>> >> > that:
>> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
>> >> > sure
>> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
>> >> > involve
>> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
>> >> >
>> >> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID
>> >> > Driver"
>> >> > option.
>> >> >
>> >> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much
>> >> > older
>> >> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install
>> >> > anything
>> >> > it
>> >> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked at
>> >> > its
>> >> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any of
> the
>> >> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for using
>> >> > with
>> >> > the
>> >> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB size,
> too
>> >> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
>> >> >
>> >> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I
>> >> > ASSUME
>> >> > is
>> >> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it
> says
>> > in
>> >> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on
>> >> > the
>> >> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not include
>> >> > the
>> >> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
>> > floppy
>> >> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
>> >> >
>> >> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When install
> XP
>> >> > from
>> >> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then
> supply
>> >> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
>> >> >
>> >> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones
> called
>> >> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
>> > irrelevant.
>> >> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
>> > called,
>> >> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
>> >> >
>> >> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard
>> >> > drives'
>> >> > message. The second one results in a message immediately appearing
>> > saying
>> >> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
>> >> > continue".
>> >> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message
>> >> > did
>> > not
>> >> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
>> >> >
>> >> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they
> sent
>> > me
>> >> > a
>> >> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note
>> >> > saying
>> >> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on
>> >> > product
>> >> > spec.,
>> >> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature.
>> >> > Thus,
>> >> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS installation
>> >> > later."
>> >> >
>> >> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at
>> >> > the
>> > "S"
>> >> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could
> not
>> > be
>> >> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
>> >> >
>> >> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no idea
>> > where
>> >> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install
> after
>> >> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a
>> >> > RAID0
>> >> > array.
>> >> >
>> >> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
>> >> > configuration
>> >> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two
>> >> > Hitachi
>> >> > drives
>> >> > is OK.
>> >> >
>> >> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there who
> has
>> > a
>> >> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to
>> >> > solve
>> > this
>> >> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
>> >> >
>> >> > Regards,
>> >> >
>> >> > RoS
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
March 31, 2005 7:26:43 PM

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John,

What manual? Mine came with a 915P express Chipset user's manual and one
for the IDE RAID function VT6410 chipset. The 915 manual covers the post OS
installation scenario, there's nothing about creating a floppy with the
right uncompressed driver on it. The sata raid driver is called IAA (Intel
Application Accelerator as you say. I only found this out by being directed
by someone in another forum to
http://america.gigabyte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual....
This turned out to be the clearest step by step child's guide to the subject
anyone could wish for. Why the info here (which is from a gigabyte site
after all) isn't in the manual is beyond me. Gigabyte's tech support at
their HQ in Taiwan were hopeless in resolving this problem. The language
differences have exacerbated the problem. This is how their last email began
"Thank you for your kindly mail.
At first, we are sorry for the incontinence you have with our service....."
The guide in the above link has led to a painless RAID array creation and
installation of XP. But for that I'd still be running around like a
headless chicken - or living in the lavatory, as Gigabyte clearly imagine me
to be doing!
RoS

"John Green" <greenjoh@xxx.xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
news:6fP1e.13445$1S4.1387119@news.xtra.co.nz...
> I did manage to get raid 0 set up on the sata drives with the Gigabyte
> GA-8I915P Duo Pro, though I have sent the board back as my Windows XP kept
> rebooting at random.
>
> I actually installed the boot on the IDE but the principle is the same.
> The thing to realise is that the sata raid driver is called IAA (Intel
> Application Accelerator ).
> You need to create the floppy as per the instructions in the manual.
> When installing windows you need to press F6 when prompted and insert the
> floppy in the drive. (windows will ask for it a second time).
> If you are also installing the ide raid then the order of inserting the
> floppies is imported as windows will make drive c: the first drive enabled
> by the drivers.
>
> I was confused on how to configure the bios so that after installing XP
the
> reboot would work. I finally figured it at then I also came across a site
> which gives a very good guide to installing a Gigabyte motherboard.
>
> http://www.hardwarezone.com/guides/intel-socketT/
>
> regards
>
> John
>
> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> news:e6c1e.12807$C7.10690@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > Those 4 files were there - and license and read me txt files. But there
> > is
> > no reboot stage. After pressing F6. Setup loads file until it asks for
> > the
> > device support disk. "S" is pressed and INTEL (R) 82801ER SATA RAID
> > CONTROLLER is prsented for selection. when it is selected, it continues
to
> > a
> > screen saying Setup will load suport for .... INTEL etc. Pressing
'Enter'
> > then causes more files to be loaded and eventually a page appears saying
> > that 'enter' will set up XP now. Pressing enter rsults in setup not
> > finding
> > any hard disks installed!
> >
> > Should there be a proper reboot?
> >
> > RoS
> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> > news:D 23e9e$j1v$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> >> Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the manual
> >> for
> >> the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID
mode.
> >>
> >> The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf, and
> > .oem
> >> I think.
> >>
> >> Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just
> >> double
> >> clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it
put
> > the
> >> files straight on the floppy.
> >>
> >> Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it
prompt
> >> a
> >> second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave
the
> >> driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.
> >>
> >>
> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> >> news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> >> > Hi,
> >> >
> >> > I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I uncompressed
> >> > it
> >> > properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file
> > txtsetup.oem
> >> > could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still brings
> >> > up
> >> > the
> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
> >> > sure
> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> >> > involve
> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message
> > later.
> >> > Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
> >> > suggested
> >> > by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
> >> >
> >> > Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
> >> >
> >> > RoS
> >> >
> >> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> >> > news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> >> >> Hi,
> >> >>
> >> >> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe to
> >> > create
> >> >> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> HTH
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> >> >> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> >> >> >
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
> >> >> > install
> >> >> > Win
> >> >> > XP.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some, to
me
> >> >> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> >> >> > assemblers
> >> >> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS was
> >> > ordered
> >> >> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> >> >> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and
(Southbridge)
> > an
> >> >> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in
VT6410
> >> >> > chipset
> >> >> > for on board IDE RAID
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
> >> >> >
> >> >> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
> >> >> >
> >> >> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a
Gigabyte
> >> > label
> >> >> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a MB
> >> >> > User's
> >> >> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second manual
> >> >> > is
> >> >> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
> >> >> > relevance
> >> >> > to
> >> >> > the problem I have encountered?
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> >> >> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> >> >> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> >> >> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> >> >> > I think this is correct?
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've
> > tried
> >> >> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't
> >> >> > know
> >> > what
> >> >> > this means??)
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> >> >> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> >> >> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> >> >> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> >> >> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> >> >> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> >> >> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> >> >> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further
> >> >> > down:
> >> >> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> >> >> > Again I think these settings are correct?
> >> >> >
> >> >> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility
> > entitled
> >> >> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180. There
> >> >> > are
> >> > four
> >> >> > choices;
> >> >> > Create RAID Volume;
> >> >> > Delete RAID Volume,
> >> >> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> >> >> > Exit.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> >> >> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
> >> >> > Physical disks:
> >> >> > Port Drive Model Serial
> >> > Size
> >> >> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
> >> >> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> >> >> > non-RAID Disk
> >> >> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> >> >> > non-RAID Disk
> >> >> >
> >> >> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> >> >> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> >> >> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> >> >> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> >> >> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
> >> >> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
> >> >> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max
volume
> >> >> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is
> >> >> > chosen,
> >> >> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining
> >> >> > space.
> >> >> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to
the
> >> >> > original
> >> >> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
> >> > Volumes"
> >> >> > it
> >> >> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says
that
> >> >> > Status
> >> >> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before
except
> >> > that
> >> >> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> >> >> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a
> >> >> > message
> >> >> > at
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
> >> > appears.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
> >> >> > drivers,
> >> >> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to
Setup.
> >> >> > This
> >> >> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three
choices,
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
> >> >> > informed
> >> >> > that:
> >> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer.
Make
> >> >> > sure
> >> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This
may
> >> >> > involve
> >> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or
RAID
> >> >> > Driver"
> >> >> > option.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a much
> >> >> > older
> >> >> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install
> >> >> > anything
> >> >> > it
> >> >> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've looked
at
> >> >> > its
> >> >> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any
of
> > the
> >> >> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for
using
> >> >> > with
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB
size,
> > too
> >> >> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard, I
> >> >> > ASSUME
> >> >> > is
> >> >> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although it
> > says
> >> > in
> >> >> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed on
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not
include
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to a
> >> > floppy
> >> >> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When
install
> > XP
> >> >> > from
> >> >> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then
> > supply
> >> >> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
> >> >> >
> >> >> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones
> > called
> >> >> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
> >> > irrelevant.
> >> >> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be, one
> >> > called,
> >> >> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard
> >> >> > drives'
> >> >> > message. The second one results in a message immediately
appearing
> >> > saying
> >> >> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> >> >> > continue".
> >> >> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This message
> >> >> > did
> >> > not
> >> >> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days they
> > sent
> >> > me
> >> >> > a
> >> >> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a note
> >> >> > saying
> >> >> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on
> >> >> > product
> >> >> > spec.,
> >> >> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID feature.
> >> >> > Thus,
> >> >> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS
installation
> >> >> > later."
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe at
> >> >> > the
> >> > "S"
> >> >> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem could
> > not
> >> > be
> >> >> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no
idea
> >> > where
> >> >> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and install
> > after
> >> >> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a
> >> >> > RAID0
> >> >> > array.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> >> >> > configuration
> >> >> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two
> >> >> > Hitachi
> >> >> > drives
> >> >> > is OK.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there
who
> > has
> >> > a
> >> >> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to
> >> >> > solve
> >> > this
> >> >> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Regards,
> >> >> >
> >> >> > RoS
> >> >> >
> >> >> >
> >> >> >
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2005 5:41:53 PM

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Can you double check that address please?



"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:TEU2e.19246$C7.14202@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> John,
>
> What manual? Mine came with a 915P express Chipset user's manual and one
> for the IDE RAID function VT6410 chipset. The 915 manual covers the post
OS
> installation scenario, there's nothing about creating a floppy with the
> right uncompressed driver on it. The sata raid driver is called IAA
(Intel
> Application Accelerator as you say. I only found this out by being
directed
> by someone in another forum to
>
http://america.gigabyte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual...
ich6r_e.pdf.
> This turned out to be the clearest step by step child's guide to the
subject
> anyone could wish for. Why the info here (which is from a gigabyte site
> after all) isn't in the manual is beyond me. Gigabyte's tech support at
> their HQ in Taiwan were hopeless in resolving this problem. The language
> differences have exacerbated the problem. This is how their last email
began
> "Thank you for your kindly mail.
> At first, we are sorry for the incontinence you have with our
service....."
> The guide in the above link has led to a painless RAID array creation and
> installation of XP. But for that I'd still be running around like a
> headless chicken - or living in the lavatory, as Gigabyte clearly imagine
me
> to be doing!
> RoS
>
> "John Green" <greenjoh@xxx.xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:6fP1e.13445$1S4.1387119@news.xtra.co.nz...
> > I did manage to get raid 0 set up on the sata drives with the Gigabyte
> > GA-8I915P Duo Pro, though I have sent the board back as my Windows XP
kept
> > rebooting at random.
> >
> > I actually installed the boot on the IDE but the principle is the same.
> > The thing to realise is that the sata raid driver is called IAA (Intel
> > Application Accelerator ).
> > You need to create the floppy as per the instructions in the manual.
> > When installing windows you need to press F6 when prompted and insert
the
> > floppy in the drive. (windows will ask for it a second time).
> > If you are also installing the ide raid then the order of inserting the
> > floppies is imported as windows will make drive c: the first drive
enabled
> > by the drivers.
> >
> > I was confused on how to configure the bios so that after installing XP
> the
> > reboot would work. I finally figured it at then I also came across a
site
> > which gives a very good guide to installing a Gigabyte motherboard.
> >
> > http://www.hardwarezone.com/guides/intel-socketT/
> >
> > regards
> >
> > John
> >
> > "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> > news:e6c1e.12807$C7.10690@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > > Those 4 files were there - and license and read me txt files. But
there
> > > is
> > > no reboot stage. After pressing F6. Setup loads file until it asks
for
> > > the
> > > device support disk. "S" is pressed and INTEL (R) 82801ER SATA RAID
> > > CONTROLLER is prsented for selection. when it is selected, it
continues
> to
> > > a
> > > screen saying Setup will load suport for .... INTEL etc. Pressing
> 'Enter'
> > > then causes more files to be loaded and eventually a page appears
saying
> > > that 'enter' will set up XP now. Pressing enter rsults in setup not
> > > finding
> > > any hard disks installed!
> > >
> > > Should there be a proper reboot?
> > >
> > > RoS
> > > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> > > news:D 23e9e$j1v$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> > >> Make sure you have the disks in the right SATA ports, check the
manual
> > >> for
> > >> the right settings for the right controller to be in the right RAID
> mode.
> > >>
> > >> The floppy disc contents should be about 4 files: .cat, .sys, .inf,
and
> > > .oem
> > >> I think.
> > >>
> > >> Did you use the program as I described? IE on another machine, just
> > >> double
> > >> clickit and it should prompt for a floppy or folder perhaps. Have it
> put
> > > the
> > >> files straight on the floppy.
> > >>
> > >> Did you see confirmation on screen that the driver loaded? Did it
> prompt
> > >> a
> > >> second time for drivers on floppy - it will if you loaded them. Leave
> the
> > >> driver disc in the drive until the machine reboots.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:vPa1e.12712$C7.3528@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > >> > Hi,
> > >> >
> > >> > I've re-done that driver Gigabyte sent. I don't think I
uncompressed
> > >> > it
> > >> > properly first time round. It now goes beyond the "the file
> > > txtsetup.oem
> > >> > could not be found, press any key to continue" stage but still
brings
> > >> > up
> > >> > the
> > >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Make
> > >> > sure
> > >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may
> > >> > involve
> > >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program" message
> > > later.
> > >> > Also disabled the On-Chip Primary PCI IDE in Integrated periphs
> > >> > suggested
> > >> > by someone else but this just caused a freze during boot up.
> > >> >
> > >> > Problem still there. Losing hair by the minute.
> > >> >
> > >> > RoS
> > >> >
> > >> > "Mercury" <me@spam.com> wrote in message
> > >> > news:D 23afs$669$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> > >> >> Hi,
> > >> >>
> > >> >> I think you need to run the program ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe
to
> > >> > create
> > >> >> the floppy for use with F6 during boot.
> > >> >>
> > >> >>
> > >> >> HTH
> > >> >>
> > >> >>
> > >> >>
> > >> >>
> > >> >> "RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
> > >> >> news:XJ81e.12538$C7.10017@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I am unable to configure RAID 0 on a brand new computer so as to
> > >> >> > install
> > >> >> > Win
> > >> >> > XP.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I know this is lengthy but I just don't want to miss out some,
to
> me
> > >> >> > trivial, but in reality vital piece of information.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The following components were assembled for me (the brief to the
> > >> >> > assemblers
> > >> >> > specifying that the SATA drives would be a RAID O array. No OS
was
> > >> > ordered
> > >> >> > as I plan to install my own Windows XP Pro with SP2):
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro
> > >> >> > The chipset is (Northbridge) an Intel 915P Express and
> (Southbridge)
> > > an
> > >> >> > ICH6R providing on-board SATA RAID. There is also a built in
> VT6410
> > >> >> > chipset
> > >> >> > for on board IDE RAID
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Hard Drives: 2 x SATA Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Memory: 2 x 512MB 533MHz DDR2 Kingston
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > CPU: P4 - 540 3.2G 800PS
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Graphics: Sparkle 6600GT PCI E 128MB TD
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > A DVD recorder and DVD combo is fitted.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Gigabyte supplied an Intel 915 series MB Utility CD under a
> Gigabyte
> > >> > label
> > >> >> > containing "Chipsets/Serial-ATA/RAID/Network/Audio Drivers"; a
MB
> > >> >> > User's
> > >> >> > manual and an IDE RAID Function User's Manual. This second
manual
> > >> >> > is
> > >> >> > endorsed "Only for Chipset VT6410 Used" and I assume it has no
> > >> >> > relevance
> > >> >> > to
> > >> >> > the problem I have encountered?
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The CMOS and BIOS settings are as follows:
> > >> >> > In CMOS, IDE Channel 0 Master and 0 slave are the DVD drives.
> > >> >> > Channel 2 Master is S_ATA1- HDS722516VLSA, Slave is NONE and
> > >> >> > Channel 3 Master is S_ATA3-HDS722516VLSA, Slave again 'NONE'.
> > >> >> > I think this is correct?
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The HD boot sequence is in the Advanced BIOS features page (I've
> > > tried
> > >> >> > different combinations except for one labelled "LS120". I don't
> > >> >> > know
> > >> > what
> > >> >> > this means??)
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The entries in the Integrated Peripherals page read:
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > On-Chip Primary PCI IDE [Enabled]
> > >> >> > SATA RAID/AFCI Mode [RAID]
> > >> >> > The following four entries are greyed out and are:
> > >> >> > X On-Chip SATA Mode Auto
> > >> >> > X PATA IDE set to Ch.1 Master/Slave
> > >> >> > SATA Port0/2 set to Ch.2 Master/Slave
> > >> >> > SATA Port1/3 set to Ch.3 Master/Slave
> > >> >> > There then follows USB settings, which are enabled and, further
> > >> >> > down:
> > >> >> > Onboard H/W RAID [Enabled]
> > >> >> > Again I think these settings are correct?
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > On rebooting I press Cntr I to enter the configuration Utility
> > > entitled
> > >> >> > "Intel application Accelerator RAID Option ROM v4.0.0.6180.
There
> > >> >> > are
> > >> > four
> > >> >> > choices;
> > >> >> > Create RAID Volume;
> > >> >> > Delete RAID Volume,
> > >> >> > Reset Disks to Non-RAID and
> > >> >> > Exit.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The Disk/Volume Information panel says:
> > >> >> > RAID Volumes - none defined and
> > >> >> > Physical disks:
> > >> >> > Port Drive Model Serial
> > >> > Size
> > >> >> > Type/Status (Vol ID)
> > >> >> > 0 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> > >> >> > non-RAID Disk
> > >> >> > 1 HDS722516VLSA80 a serial number 153.3GB
> > >> >> > non-RAID Disk
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > On choosing "Create RAID Volume", I accept
> > >> >> > the default name: "RAID_VOLUME0;
> > >> >> > the RAID Level: "RAID0(Stripe)";
> > >> >> > Disks: "Select disks" (not changeable);
> > >> >> > Strip Size: "128KB" and
> > >> >> > Capacity: 306.7GB.
> > >> >> > The "Help" panel says that the default in capacity is the max
> volume
> > >> >> > capacity using the selected disks and if less than the max is
> > >> >> > chosen,
> > >> >> > creation of a second volume is needed to utilise the remaining
> > >> >> > space.
> > >> >> > Clicking 'Enter' to create the specified volume reverts back to
> the
> > >> >> > original
> > >> >> > four choices but the information panel has changed. Under "RAID
> > >> > Volumes"
> > >> >> > it
> > >> >> > records the choices made in the last step and additionally says
> that
> > >> >> > Status
> > >> >> > is "Normal" and Bootable is "Yes"
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Under the "Physical Disks" head, the information is as before
> except
> > >> > that
> > >> >> > the Type/Status head now reads "Member Disk(0) in both cases.
> > >> >> > Again is this correct? NB. In previous attempts I have had a
> > >> >> > message
> > >> >> > at
> > >> >> > the
> > >> >> > last stage that "There is not enough space to create a volume".
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I exit and reboot with the WinXP disk in. The Windows Setup page
> > >> > appears.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > If I do NOT press F6 and expect Win XP to provide any necessary
> > >> >> > drivers,
> > >> >> > Windows proceeds to load files. When it reaches "Welcome to
> Setup.
> > >> >> > This
> > >> >> > portion of the Setup program prepares etc" and offers three
> choices,
> > >> >> > the
> > >> >> > first being to Setup XP now. If I press enter I am immediately
> > >> >> > informed
> > >> >> > that:
> > >> >> > "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer.
> Make
> > >> >> > sure
> > >> >> > that...any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This
> may
> > >> >> > involve
> > >> >> > running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program".
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I try the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or
> RAID
> > >> >> > Driver"
> > >> >> > option.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > And here is the dilemma. The Gigabyte CD, when run on this, a
much
> > >> >> > older
> > >> >> > machine, analyses the machine and will automatically install
> > >> >> > anything
> > >> >> > it
> > >> >> > deems necessary but assumes an OS is already loaded. I've
looked
> at
> > >> >> > its
> > >> >> > contents. There is no Help file or anything explaining what any
> of
> > > the
> > >> >> > folders contain or identifying which drivers, if any, are for
> using
> > >> >> > with
> > >> >> > the
> > >> >> > onboard ICH6R chipset. Most of the files are in the multi MB
> size,
> > > too
> > >> >> > large for putting on a floppy anyway.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > The IDE RAIDE function manual, which came with the motherboard,
I
> > >> >> > ASSUME
> > >> >> > is
> > >> >> > NOT relevant and deals only with the VT6410 chipset. Although
it
> > > says
> > >> > in
> > >> >> > this manual that 'information on all chipsets should be listed
on
> > >> >> > the
> > >> >> > screen, please select the proper chipset model', it does not
> include
> > >> >> > the
> > >> >> > ICH6R. But it does describe transferring a driver from the CD to
a
> > >> > floppy
> > >> >> > and its subsequent installation. It says:
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > "Boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers. When
> install
> > > XP
> > >> >> > from
> > >> >> > the HDDs in Serial ATA controller, press F6 as XP boots up, then
> > > supply
> > >> >> > serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk."
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > There's a choice of 17 RAID drivers on the CD which include ones
> > > called
> > >> >> > 'Promise, Hance rapids, and Si3144 - none of which I think are
> > >> > irrelevant.
> > >> >> > Also present, however, are two which I thought just might be,
one
> > >> > called,
> > >> >> > 'GIGARAID' and the other 'SCSI'.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I've tried the first one but this does not solve the 'no hard
> > >> >> > drives'
> > >> >> > message. The second one results in a message immediately
> appearing
> > >> > saying
> > >> >> > that "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found, press any key to
> > >> >> > continue".
> > >> >> > Pressing a key takes me back to the previous stage. This
message
> > >> >> > did
> > >> > not
> > >> >> > appear when I tried the Gigaraid driver.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I have contacted Gigabyte's support site and after some days
they
> > > sent
> > >> > me
> > >> >> > a
> > >> >> > driver - ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe - to download, with a
note
> > >> >> > saying
> > >> >> > "About the issue you mentioned in your earlier mail, based on
> > >> >> > product
> > >> >> > spec.,
> > >> >> > the board comes with ICH6R chip and it provides SATA RAID
feature.
> > >> >> > Thus,
> > >> >> > please use attached file to create a driver disk for OS
> installation
> > >> >> > later."
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I have loaded a floppy containing ich5(r)_(raid)_boot_disk.exe
at
> > >> >> > the
> > >> > "S"
> > >> >> > prompt but again the same message that the file txtsetup.oem
could
> > > not
> > >> > be
> > >> >> > found, press any key to continue' appears immediately
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I am awaiting Gigabyte's response to this but currently have no
> idea
> > >> > where
> > >> >> > to find the correct driver I can transfer to a floppy and
install
> > > after
> > >> >> > choosing the "S" option and then proceed to install Win XP in a
> > >> >> > RAID0
> > >> >> > array.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > I some desperation I loaded Win XP successfully in a non-RAID
> > >> >> > configuration
> > >> >> > several days ago, which at least tells me that one of the two
> > >> >> > Hitachi
> > >> >> > drives
> > >> >> > is OK.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > But I cannot sort out a RAID0 array. Is there anyone out there
> who
> > > has
> > >> > a
> > >> >> > GA-81915P Duo Pro and 2 SATA hard drives who can tell me how to
> > >> >> > solve
> > >> > this
> > >> >> > or anyone else who can resolve this problem.
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > Regards,
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> > RoS
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> >
> > >> >> >
> > >> >>
> > >> >>
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
April 1, 2005 5:41:54 PM

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

This is the link, typed out because I can't remove the underlining which
hides 5 underscores where the spaces are!

http:/america.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual/maual_sata_raid_os_ich6r_e.pdf

Or go to www.duxcw.com , enter the forum on motherboards and chipsets and
use the link as it appears in the response to the question I asked there.
Godd luck.

RoS
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2005 11:07:45 PM

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I'll try the second way because that address won't work for me. In fact even
the base website won't let me in.
http://america.giga-byte.com
?????????????????????????????????


"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:t283e.19985$C7.12151@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> This is the link, typed out because I can't remove the underlining which
> hides 5 underscores where the spaces are!
>
>
http:/america.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual/maual_sata_raid_os_i
ch6r_e.pdf
>
> Or go to www.duxcw.com , enter the forum on motherboards and chipsets and
> use the link as it appears in the response to the question I asked there.
> Godd luck.
>
> RoS
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2005 11:24:38 PM

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

ok, I see the problem.
Needs one more "/" near the start & needs an "n" in manual.
Sorry..............
http://america.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manua...
_ich6r_e.pdf


"RoS" <kermitbaby@bigpond.com> wrote in message
news:t283e.19985$C7.12151@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> This is the link, typed out because I can't remove the underlining which
> hides 5 underscores where the spaces are!
>
>
http:/america.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual/maual_sata_raid_os_i
ch6r_e.pdf
>
> Or go to www.duxcw.com , enter the forum on motherboards and chipsets and
> use the link as it appears in the response to the question I asked there.
> Godd luck.
>
> RoS
>
>
April 1, 2005 11:24:39 PM

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It's been one of those dasy!
April 2, 2005 6:13:45 AM

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

I did read about the BIOS version issue - but had decided to stay with the
original unless/until firm advice came to do otherwise.

The weird thing is that the driver Gigabyte sent to me appears to be the
same as that on the Motherboard CD, instructions for the use of which were
spelt out in simple, step-by-step terms in the pdf. manual on the 'american'
gigabyte site, the address of which I had extraordinary difficulty in typing
out correctly in my post yesterday (my apologies Bruce M - see what happens
when you try to correspond with Gigabyte!). But when I downloaded and tried
to use the driver Gigabyte in Taiwan sent, even after I had successfully
uncompressed it onto a floppy (which initially I hadn't done), it still didn
't work. I kept getting the 'no hard drives' message. When I followed the
instructions in the manual, however, i.e. transferred the necessary driver
files from the motherboard CD (they were there all the time) and used this
during setup, the RAID array was created and WinXP loaded without a hitch.

A lot of the trouble I encountered was because of the complete lack of any
help or information files on the motherboard manual, similarly the absence
of any similar 'Read Me' files on the CD, the lack of an 'american' type
manual dealing specifically with this topic and also the use of
gibberishspeak by Gigabyte's Tech Support dept. An organisation as large as
Gigabyte can surely afford to employ someone with the necessary literacy
skills and English as a first language. If they did then perhaps a reply
sent out intending, presumably, to express regret for any inconvenience
caused might not actually read,

"Thank you for your kindly mail.
At first, we are sorry for the incontinence you have with our service."

I tell you, incontinence will be the least of your worries if you have to
endure too much contact with Gigabyte in Taiwan!

Although the required files WERE on the CD, there wasn't a clue, anywhere,
on which one was the correct one, let alone on how to get the thing
successfully onto the computer at the 'press S' stage.

Finally my own ignorance in simply not knowing about the need to uncompress
the .exe file onto a floppy - or HOW to do it - led me down the wrong track
at the start. That lack of know-how - now remedied by the excellent
'american' manual made me misinterpret the very first reply to my original
post (although, mystifyingly, the correctly prepared floppy did not set up
the array as I have described earlier).

And that's the moral to the tale! To everyone who posts advice in posts,
please don't assume that the poor guy with the headache at the other end
knows much more than how to switch the thing on. He mightn't have a clue
about uncompressing files onto floppies etc., black DOS type screens might
give him the scraeming heebie-jeebies, he might even be suffering the after
effects from having been in contact with Gigabyte! Do spell it out, piece
by piece!

Regards,
RoS
!