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I'm trying to install windows (PC spec below, not sig rig) and when I get to the point where I should chose the partition space it marks "Examining disc0.." and then just sits there. Is this some sort of hardware incompatibility?

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Hmmm... it is an older chipset, try setting the HD to SATA 1.5GB/s. Is the HD detected in the BIOS screen?
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how long does it sit there?
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post #4 of 25
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I have already set the jumper on the hd to 1.5Gb/s the model number shows in the bios and in the boot select screen. The HDD light will stay on for around 10 mins as it "examines" then stays off and the screen still shows the same message "Examining 74065Mb drive 0.."
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post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Flower View Post
I'm trying to install windows (PC spec below, not sig rig) and when I get to the point where I should chose the partition space it marks "Examining disc0.." and then just sits there. Is this some sort of hardware incompatibility?

Asus K8NE Deluxe (754 Nforce 3 chipset)
AMD 3200+ 2.2GHz
Maxtor 80Gb Sata II HD (Jumper set to SATA I)
380W power supply
Winfast A400 Graphics card


I had the same problem with the exact board. I ended up having to download the Silicon Image Serial ATA drivers, then load them on a floppy. When the Win XP starts loading, you will have to hit F6 to load 3rd party drivers. It will continue loading, then it will ask you to specify drivers to load. At which time you will have to hit S to specify drivers. Insert floppy, select drivers, then hit enter to finish. Now the OS install can recognize the hard drive.

Good luck!
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post #6 of 25
I forgot to mention, the board has 2 sets of SATA connections. The upper 2, located above the AGP slot are the native NF3 connections. The bottom 4, next to the USB headers, are the silicon image ones. The NF3 should load without the F6 function as long as you have XP SP1. However, the Silicon ones need the drivers from the floppy.
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post #7 of 25
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I downloaded the file but when I run the setup (On another PC) it extracts but then disappears I have the floppy ready in it's drive but nothing happens please help!!
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Flower View Post
I downloaded the file but when I run the setup (On another PC) it extracts but then disappears I have the floppy ready in it's drive but nothing happens please help!!
Yes, it's incompatible. Disconnect it and change it or it will toast, like mine did. I don't wanna sound alarmist, but Maxtor is not compatible with nForce3 or 4, and Maxtor knows it.

Send Maxtor an Email demanding them a new firmware and flash the HDD. IMHO you should change that HDD with any other brand.
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post #9 of 25
Maxtor is junk really, I'd pick up a seagate instead, never seen a seagate die, or even have problems before lol
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I downloaded the file but when I run the setup (On another PC) it extracts but then disappears I have the floppy ready in it's drive but nothing happens please help!!
Sorry, that was the wrong link. That was the windows installable driver. Here is the correct link. I'll also attach the file. Just copy the files to the floppy.
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