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Vista Ultimate and ATA Raid Problem

  • NAS / RAID
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Components
Last response: in Components
March 15, 2007 1:44:02 AM

I recently installed Vista Ultimate on a comptuer that had XP on it. I am using an Adaptec ATA Raid 1200A controller card. While installing Vista i loaded the XP Driver for the card which worked when i installed the RC1 Beta pack about 3 months earler. Well Vista installed fine and when it goes to boot up i see the loading screen for no lie, about 20 min then i can get into vista. If i have to restart or shut down the computer, i have to wait another 20 to 30 min just to use it. Is there a reason why the beta pack worked and now the acutal copy of Vista will not?

Computer specs:

Intel Core 2 E6300
2 Gig's RAM
4 120 GIG Drives
Adaptec ATA Raid 1200A

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March 15, 2007 2:37:26 AM

Yes RC1 didn't require signed drivers or at very least didn't refuse to load them.
March 15, 2007 3:58:19 AM

so what would be the best route? Didn't find that many cards that are ATA compatible with vista. Is there a way to force unsigned drivers or something along the lines of that?

Thanks for your response though
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March 15, 2007 4:03:43 AM

My money is on a driver problem.

I had some trouble with the JMicron controller on my particular motherboard for the first couple of months that I owned it. I could install XP or Vista RC-1 on the array using XP drivers but as soon as it was time for the very first boot into Windows, all that I would get was a black screen. The drivers weren't all bad - I could clone the OS from a lone SATA drive to run on the array once I had pre-loaded the drivers from within Windows.

The clone routine worked as a temporary fix for me until a particular driver and BIOS version combined to solve the problem. I didn't test the two things seperately to see which one might have solved the problem alone but as I said earlier, my money is on the driver. Just keep checking the Adaptec site for a driver update.
March 15, 2007 4:12:35 AM

yea, i have been checking but it dosent look like there going to make a driver for vista, but on the good side i did notice someone saying that this card can work on the Highpoing RocketRaid driver, which there is one for vista, when i downloaded it and compared it to my adaptec windows XP driver, they are almost the same, so i am going to give it a shot, well once this comptuer actully starts up.
March 15, 2007 5:08:10 PM

Just to let everyone know, i ended up last night reformating everything again, but this time when i went to load the driver for the raid i used the HighPoint RocketRaid driver from there site and everything works fine now, under the device manager it still says it can't find a driver for a PCI Communication Controller but everything boots right up without a problem, so if you are having issues with a Adaptect raid card, try the HighPoint RockeRaid drivers, there are ones on there site for Vista, but i think it is only for the 32 bit edition.

Thanks for all the help!