Try putting the Western Digital HD jumpers on Cable Select, or temporarily taking it off the cable during the installation.
You could also try setting the memory timing speeds to the BIOS defaults during the OS installation.
Both mixing and matching Western Digital hard drives with other brands with regular master/slave jumper settings and having memory speeds that are too high in the BIOS have been known to hang up Win2K and WinXP during Setup.
Try using just IDE 1 and IDE 2 for the devices, if you aren't using the RAID controller.
Where and why are you pressing F8 during Setup ... is this where you accept the license agreement? If you were trying to load the RAID driver, you should have pressed F6 while Setup was still in text-mode.
Do you have the first bootable device in the BIOS set to CD-ROM? Are all the hard disks and optical drives detected correctly?
Personally, I think I'd try loading the OS on the Maxtor drive jumpered as the Master, and then add the WD drive at a later time jumpered as Cable Select.
Did you partition the drives in advance, or are you attempting to do this with the OS CD? You might get better results by partitioning with the FDISK utility on a <A HREF="http://www.mirrors.org/archived_software/www.bootdisk.c..." target="_new">Win9x startup disk</A>, making the system partition active, formatting, and then installing the OS, with a reformat of the system partition during the OS installation.
If all else fails, flash the BIOS, and try again. Be sure to save the old BIOS on a freshly formatted and physically scanned floppy disk, just in case.
The 2 hard disks are connected to the raid controller.
And yes, it's a copy. But there is no prob on the cd. Installed many times on other computers without problems.
I'll wait with wxp 'till the hammer comes out for an upgrade. I have now a mobo with VIA !! chipsets.
The fastest cpu of today will be slow on the same day next year.
Why don't you try only one drive at install? This way, you could definitetly determine whether it is one disk or the two disk configuration that is at fault.
I also found this review at pricegrabber (see weaknesses):
>>Reviewed by: rgallow, from TN Date reviewed: 10-Aug-02
large cache size makes acessing data very fast
installation takes a while because of the need to download a program from the Western Digital website
So far I love this drive. Even though it's 80G it takes no time at all to access files. Installation was simple after I downloaded software from Western digital, but before that windows wouldn't recognize it. Over all a very good drive.<<
Do you this software? Maybe a software drive config issue?
Quality is better than name brand, even regarding beloved AMD.
hmmmm, was always a little unstable though.
Gave blame to W98, instead of mobo.
Have now some probs with psu connector on mobo. Bad contact.
Sometimes computer restarts, like if somebody pushed the reset button. In fact it's not really true. In the BIOS I've enabled "power-on after power fail". So the comp automaticly starts after a powerfail. That's why it looks like if it restarts.
But if I don't have any problem, it's very powerfull:
Seti@home, mediaplayer (webcam+radio), IE (webcam), IE (java), PowerDVD, Winamp (visualization+DSPeffect), WinMX,... are running on the same time. No stability problems, nothing.
The stability problems, I think, depends on the startup of the computer. Sometimes have a lot of probs, sometimes none.
I'll buy a new mobo with the Nforce2
I have XP1800+ and the mobo can take as max the XP1900+, so I don't have much room to OC.
If I buy the boxed version of the "hammer", will I get a box of nails for free??
I had the same problem on my 8K3A+ so try this as it worked for me. The way I got XPee to install was to put the Hard Drive on the first RAID controler. Hit power, switch wait until it shows RAID checking for drive info or what ever it shows and then the Ctrl & H to get into the RAID setup, In the raid utility set the HD to boot, saved and exit. I then went on to install XP. XP then installed with out any more problems.
BTW,you could try to turn off the RAID in bios and see if XP will install that way!