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Unable to install XP on new DFI lanparty nf3 250gb board

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Used search function but could not find anything like the symtom/solution for my problem.

System:
mobo: dfi lanparty ut nf3 250gb
mem: 2x512mb of OCZ
drive: 2 identical seagate IDE baracuda 40gb each (master & slave on primary channel)
video: NVidia 6600GT

Problem: After enabling the Raid function and the two target IDE drives, setting hard drive boot priority to ...SCSI...; save and reboot

F10 to set up the raid; it report healthy afterward.
reboot

Boot from CD (win XP pro), F6 to add third party drivers from floppy
then proceed all the way to formatting the drive/partition.

Here is where the problem comes: after formatting, the system reboot itself and can't continue: error loading operating system (if I did not choose to boot from CD which will repeat the set up all over again).

I expected that it would continue to load windows OS after formatting.

Do I miss anything ? Hopefully, someone with the same board share some info with me.

Thanks,
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Are the drives showing in the BIOS correctly?
Are they in the correct IDE slot on the MB?
Anyone else have any input... I don't see anything else that would cause his delema.
    
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I just had an issue with loading Windows on a mobo with that chipset (different manufacturer). After doing a bit of research, I found that chipset sometimes sets RAM voltage (vdimm) too low for some reason. Adjusting the vdimm from auto to 2.8 volts solved the problem, and everything went smoothly after that. This may or may not help. There are several similarities between the two setups, so it may be worthwhile to try.
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Conflicting hardware also could have an effect.
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Thanks for reply folks,
There is no sign of conflict hardwares, everything is in the correct slot, Bios report everything it recognized.
One weird thing I found after it fails to continue the installing OS process is that when you go back into BIOS setup (Del), the IDE drives are no longer recognized there as it was set to NONE. I have to manually set it to AUTO and have it searched for the drive then it will find them. It was not like that prior to the install OS process.

I will try increase vdimm to 2.8 per suggestion. Just wonder if my OCZ memory can handle stuff like that?
I will also enable all SATA port for RAID eventhough I do not have SATA drives, just IDE (some sites suggested to turn all SATA channels on although you only have drives on one channel).
If you know of some thing else, please drop me an email or reply to this post.
Thanks in a million.
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Have you tried a different copy of windows? It could have been corrupted somehow.
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i think ur problem could be ur ide raid setup.....

what i would suggest u do is first update ur mobo bios to the latest version making complete backup of the existing bios....

then plug in ur drives one at a time and detecting the drives on the bios....

make sure at this point of time the raid is not enabled yet.....

if ur are able to read both drives...enable raid...try with raid 0 first (mirror)

then start windows setup...do the installation of the raid drivers and make sure u choose the correct drivers....(make sure u have the raid drivers in a diskette)

during formatting of the drives, take careful note of the existence of both drives...if u can see them both u have screwed up....

but if u see only one drive with almost double the capacity then u r on the right track....

do this and report back here of the outcome....

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post #8 of 8
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Alright,
After updating the BIOS; downloaded from DFI site, I have tried both raid 0 and 1; both failed after formating (seeing only one drive which is good): rebooting after formating and started the process all over again.
I have tried not to use raid and it installed XP pro fine.
I do think the raid is the culprit but I don't know how to get around it. Anyone else knows some tricks for this board ?
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