Originally Posted by TehQuietRiot
I just got this board together with a Venice 3000+ and got it all going yesterday. I come from an socket-A 2500+ so overclocking has been a whole different experience. But that's not the point - yet.
What I found bizarre is that I could not get the board to boot Windows when I chose the non-RAID option. My 2 WesternDigital SATA drives are not in RAID, so I chose the non-RAID option in the Bios, and I was able to run the Windows installation CD, identify, format, and copy files to the desired drive, but I was not able to get Windows to start after the first mandatory restart.
I fiddled so much that I finally reset the Bios settings and realized that the SATA controller screen would pop-up during POST when the Bios was set to a RAID configuration. Now the board quickly recognizes the harddrive as bootable and loads Windows.
Is that a bit weird?
when you loaded the bios, were you asked to load a floppy to make a bootable sata disc? I was and each time I updated or changed the BIOS I had to remake the bootdisc. Then when you load windows you load the bootdisc. I actually left the disc in the drive and when prompted, just pressed 'yes' to load the discette. In the manual it says you don't need to make a discette, but I couldn't load the drivers until I did. I have the single HD, so don't run RAID either, but I don't have any problems.
If anybody knows any different, they may be able to help, but that is my experience.
BTW, I am running XP, I know the windows version does make a difference.