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thlnk3r, the optical drive LED blinks as normal. Upon recollection, though, the CD doesn't sound like it spins up, though, after the LED blinks.

As far as choosing boot devices at POST, I haven't seen one.

Weird. LOL

I'll be back in a few; I'm going to try something.
    
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As far as choosing boot devices at POST, I haven't seen one.

Weird. LOL

I'll be back in a few; I'm going to try something.
Joe, try hitting the "F" key at POST to see if that brings up the boot menu.
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I am the Club Village Idiot!

So, remember how I said I had switched the SATA optical drive to the nVidia controller? I have two SATA opticals on this machine, and I only hooked one of these up to the nVidia controller...

The Village Idiot put the WinXP disk in the WRONG SATA optical.

So now I discovered this error, put the WinXP disk in the correct optical, and now I can boot into the DVD ROM drive as I should.

Now there's a new problem: I can't seem to load the RAID drivers from the floppy drive. I hit F6 when prompted, the installation routine searches for the drive, and it tells me it cannot find the drivers on the floppy.

At least we're making progress, eh?
    
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Now there's a new problem: I can't seem to load the RAID drivers from the floppy drive. I hit F6 when prompted, the installation routine searches for the drive, and it tells me it cannot find the drivers on the floppy.
Joe, which drivers did you download off the DFI website? There are quite a few...I have a feeling you might of downloaded the wrong ones? The select is quite long. Is this the DFI CFX3200 we are working with?

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Negative on the driver DL. These drivers are from the floppy provided with the board.

As near as I can tell (by exploring the floppy disk on my functional Darth Ominous), the correct drivers are here. I have a hunch I'm exploring at the moment, however. Might have something to do with my USB floppy drive.

I'll report back if I find something instructive.

I'll also DL drivers from DFI onto a fresh floppy disk, as well, just to rule things out.

Thanks for all the help so far, good buddy! I owe you lunch AND dinner after all this.
    
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As near as I can tell (by exploring the floppy disk on my functional Darth Ominous), the correct drivers are here. I have a hunch I'm exploring at the moment, however. Might have something to do with my USB floppy drive.
Joe, double check the floppy disk and make sure it has the, "TXTSETUP.OEM" file. I believe that is the file that provides list of drivers to choose from (for the Raid controller) during the XP installation.
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Yep, that file is there.

I seem to recall reading somewhere in my preliminary research for this project about this Txtsetup.OEM file. Whether or not I can remember what I read was, though, is another thing altogether...
    
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If I remember right, a USB floppy is not accessible by the XP installer. Try either a simple thumb drive or temporarily running a standard floppy drive. (Or try Vista or Win7, both of which natively support RAID.) It could not hurt to also try just getting the driver from nVidia's website, which is what I ended up doing for my nForce3 board.
     
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If I remember right, a USB floppy is not accessible by the XP installer.
Blitz, are you sure? I did the Raid install on both my GA and DFI boards with a USB floppy drive (Windows XP) of course it probably wouldn't hurt to try a FDD.
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I've read conflicting stories about USB floppy drives. I think the most logical conclusion that I can derive is that some, but not all, USB floppy drives are usable.

Fortunately, I've got a normal floppy drive lying around here somewhere...
    
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