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Hi all,

We'll, I'm already feeling like throing my new toy in the garbage and start a new one, because this just won't work properly no matter what I do obviously.

Anyhow, earlier on I had huge issues in regards to the RAID and getting Windows installed, this took me some time to fix. Windows installation didn't see the volumes. For this I needed to install the driver, which were a pain since it wouln't accept unsigned drivers, but for some reason the drives showed up even if I got this error - funny. Then I could do the furst run of the installation, but, after it restarted the first time it screwed me over and said that the driver were missing or corrupted. Solution to this? Attemt X numbers of tries on installing, then one would in the end work.

This I did, got everything set up - then it ALL raped itself, and it wouldn't boot properly or anything. Removed all drivers, formated them, reset the BIOS and all that darn stuff.
Then I started with the trubble of installing Windows all over again, same issues as above - took me aproxomatly 14 tries before it would install. Had then removed all other harddrives appart from the RAID once, got Windows installed - installed drivers and so on.. booted off, connected the other drives, started up.. boots and goes almoust straigt to the wonderful black screen with an ugly white blinking dash.
Then I powered off, removed all the other drives to see if it would make a difference - now it won't show the POST screen , or everything goes so fast so my monitors wouldnt come back from sleep in time for me to see it (which is why I tried hitting DEL while powering on - didn't help), and then it goes to the Intel Rapid Storage Technology post screen (You know, the one where you do ctrl+I to manage the RAID volumes), but here I can't do anything. It reacts to nothing, ctrl+I doesn't work... nothing.. it just stands there.. and stands there... and stands there... tried rebooting a couple of times.. still the same...

Also on the MoBo what I've identified to be the BOOT DEVICE LED is light red, also the debugger display shows code 62 which - if I'm not reading the manual wrong - is for installation of the PCH runtime services.

Now what the hell to do this time arround? I can't access the BIOS, I can't manage the drives in RAID - it just stands there. Still, nothing..

From what it looks I will have to take out the drives again, format them and start this whole process all over again..

Anyone been close to having some similar issues, or know some possible solutions for it? It just can't continue like this. I'm getting pissed and impatient as I do have better things to do than repeating this boring steps all over to have the bastard crap out on me.
Edited by Ghostscript - 2/2/12 at 2:02pm
     
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Look at all of those stars!

Are you saying you can't access the BIOS during POST at any time?
Edited by That Guy - 2/2/12 at 2:17pm
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Look at all of those stars!
Are you saying you can't access the BIOS during POST at any time?

Exactly, now it's come down to that I see the POST screen every other bootup attemt, but it won't react to any keystrokes what-so-ever. Then it goes to the intel rapid storage post screen - or mostly just go there directly, and freezes..

I am getting very close to just drop the RAID all together and just run from a single disk, as this is getting stupid - can't be afraid of having to restart the computer in fear of it not wanting to boot up properly into WIndows again.

Spent all day they day before yesterday struggeling with it, thought it all worked yesterday intil it crapped out and I spend all damn night trying to get it to do a clean windows install again, then fixing drivers and all now this evening as I got home from work.. and then when it all seemed to work nicely, this happened.. very frustrating I must say..
     
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Reset your CMOS and see if you can run with a single drive set up.
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and now it ironically managed to boot into WIndows, but I bet that if I now try to shut down and start up again, I will have to struggle with the abovementioned again.. but before I do shutdown, any suggestions as to what to do to possibly prevent this issue before shutting down?
     
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Nothing that you can do in Windows that I would need to know.

Are all of your power/data cables attached to the drives? (Securely I mean).

The things that concerns me is that you couldn't access the BIOS at all, it may be a motherboard issue or possibly a USB device issue since your keyboard isn't recognized.
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Well I think I've identified the issue here, and that is the CrossX. The system simply doesn't like it.

I diabled the slot with my lower GPU, and disconnected the cables from it. Booted, worked fine, shut down and booted again, worked fine.. did it a couple of more times.. worked fine.
Also tested to remove both GPU's, and replacing the top one with the other to check and see if it could be the card, works fine.

Next up is to test the lower slot to si if that slot might be defected.
     
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