I "completed" my first build last week and cannot get Vista to install; it refuses to recognize the HDD.
When Vista asks for the drivers for the HD and I point to the mobo's install disk, Vista can read the disk and see the drivers.
However after it attempts to load the drivers it gives the following message:
"No Drives were found."
"Click Load Driver to provide Mass Storage for Installation"
I have also attempted to specify the HD as ACHI with similar results.
The build consists of:
GPU: XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770
CPU: AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz
RAM: 4GB OCZ Reaper (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
PSU: ROSEWILL RP600V2-S-SL-S 600W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
OS: VISTA HOME PREMIUM 64BIT
OD: SAMSUNG SH-S222L IDE
Everything powers up, all the hardware is recognized in BIOS.
I attached the HDD to another machine (XP Pro 32-bit) and it was correctly recognized.
Though I could not format the drive successfully with XP(?)
BIOS is Award Software
The Optical Drive is set to IDE Channel 0 Master
The HDD is set to IDE Channel 2 Master
Memory is correctly recognized
There's no Floppy Drive.
Floppy is listed as disabled
The HDD is specified for Hard Disk Boot Priority
CDROM = 1st Boot Device
HDD= 2nd B.D.
CDROM = 3rd B.D.
(Again, No Floppy)
OnChip SATA Controller = Enabled
OnChip SATA Type = Native IDE
I have had 2 new HDD's that were not recognized. 1 Seagate and 1 WD.
To format the drives I put them in a USB enclosure and formatted on another PC.
Don't ask why they would format Via USB and not SATA, I dont know. All I know is that it worked for me.
Couldn't help but notice you have the cdrom listed in the boot sequence twice. I'd disable the 3rd boot device option.
"OnChip SATA Type = Native IDE"
Should be AHCI, I think.
To be honest though, I was really tired when I installed mine. Took me three tries before it would finally install properly.
Had to download the ACHI raid drivers from the Gigabyte support page for my mobo. I don't use raid, but if you read the file description, it said that this driver was specifically for single SATA drive use. Go figure. Good Luck.
You should be able to manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage to the manufacturers specs in the BIOS. After you do that, it's a good idea to test the RAM with memtest86+ overnight to test for RAM errors. Properly functioning RAM will not return any errors when set to the correct speed/timings/voltage.