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post #1 of 12
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Hi Guys and Gals

Just got a now MOBO and some discs.

Asus P5RD2-VM
2 x Maxtor Dmax10 80 gig eSATA2

It all works fine, as long as I use the dicsc without raid, BUT.

When I go into bios and enables the SATA Boot Rom, (This is the only way I have found, to make Raidbios show up), Then the raidbios does pop up in the end of POST. However it takes about 90 sec to identify the two discs, and then......blackness for some minutes. Then It reboots, and prompts me to reset Biossettings.

If I unplug the discs, I can get into Raidbios just fine, and all seems to work. (well besides the lack of the discs that is)

Have updated Bios, and read all manuals and all I could find on the net. Nothing!!

I'm blank on this! Is there something about MaxD10 SATA2 and raid or??

Every bit of info is greatly appreciated

Thanks
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post #2 of 12
Don't know much about raids yet--will soon; but did your board disk come with something called Via Raid tool? Or the like? I know I have it, tho I can't use it yet. Maybe it does something. I have noted some people having probs with initial raids tho. Sorry I can't help much--hope you get good answers soon.
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No tool suplied, just the driver for pre OS installation.

The controler is an onboard ULi M1575.
Raid Bios v 1.1D

Thanks for replying
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what's the CPU on that one--socket wise? Or have ya already downloaded the newest drivers by now--and downloaded the other aux stuff from Asus?
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I think yer BIOS is way old--just enuf to get started. This is Asus.com, and I think I got the MB right. Tried to show the rest but it tried to copy 238 files, which this server rebelled at. Your update should be an 05XX something, and I think you'll get a raid tool if ya look around thereabouts. It may or may not help your case. http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us


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Thanks, but I have update the bios to newest version 0503.

No change.

Thanks though
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post #7 of 12
Well, post the fix when ya find it. I'm gonna go through it soon enough.
good luck, and sorry I couldn't help you.
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On the Via Raid tool. Mine is VIA VT8237R (Southbridge chipset) An integrated RAID controller for 0,1, JBOD options. You didn't say if you're using RAID 0 or RAID 1...I'll guess RAID 0..

(note quote) If you are using XP copy first RAID driver from the support CD to floppy before creating RAID configs. (there's more if that sounds familiar)

1. Onboard boot rom = enabled
2.save changes and exit
3.Entering VIA Tech Raid Bios Utility

anyway then ya create the array--do performance etc.

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The Application Window
Following is the main window of VIA RAID Tool:
[IMG]http://www.overclock.net/mk:@MSITStore:C:\\Program%20Files\\VIA\\RAID\
aid_tool.chm::/web/images/appWin.jpg[/IMG]
Show/Hide application's main window:
When the application has started, the main window hides itself automatically. To show the application window, you can either double click the application's taskbar icon, or right click its taskbar icon and then click the Open Program command on the popup menu.
To hide the main window, you can click the "Minimize" or "Close Window" buttons[IMG]http://www.overclock.net/mk:@MSITStore:C:\\Program%20Files\\VIA\\RAID\
aid_tool.chm::/web/ShowHide.gif[/IMG] on the upper-right corner of the main window.

To exit VIA RAID Tool, you can either click Operation => Exit on the menu bar or right click application's the task bar icon and then select Exit Program.
Layout of application's main window:
There are two panes in the main window:
The left pane presents a current system tree view for disk arrays and disks not in any array. It also shows a tree view that displays RAID controllers, IDE channels and the physical locations of all disks. You can shift these two tree views in left pane by clicking the first toolbar button (button image is [IMG]http://www.overclock.net/mk:@MSITStore:C:\\Program%20Files\\VIA\\RAID\
aid_tool.chm::/web/images/viewmode.bmp[/IMG] or [IMG]http://www.overclock.net/mk:@MSITStore:C:\\Program%20Files\\VIA\\RAID\
aid_tool.chm::/web/images/ViewMode1.bmp[/IMG]) or press shortcut key CTRL+H. These two tree views are called Array View(view by devices) and Controller View(view by controllers) respectively. The application window above is an example of the Array View, and the window beneath is an example of the Controller View:

[IMG]http://www.overclock.net/mk:@MSITStore:C:\\Program%20Files\\VIA\\RAID\
aid_tool.chm::/web/images/adapterTree.jpg[/IMG]

The right pane shows detailed information for the currently selected tree item in the left pane, such as information of a disk, a RAID controller...etc.
You can use the TAB key to shift current focus between the left and right panes instead of clicking in one of these two panes directly by mouse.
Main functions:
By VIA RAID Tool, you can create various types of RAID disk arrays, remove disk arrays, synchronize mirror disks...etc. Further details for these features are presented in the following Functions Overview.

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there's a pic, if it works...the tags won't

probably already done this, but...
maybe not.

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post #9 of 12
Might not be the answer your exactly looking for but go out and buy a PCI Raid controller, you can pick a good one up for about £20, not only will it run silky smooth but it actually gives you slightly better performance because it reduces resource usage on your system
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post #10 of 12
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MDF: Yes it sounds familiar, but the problem lies before that point in the eventline, and the controler and Raid bios is ULi, so I don't know what the Nvidia tool could do for me?

BysOn:

yes but if I want to make use of the eSATA2 speed and features, I believe the price for a controler is way higher, if I go for good names like Promise or Adaptec or... the price starts at around 100USD and climbing fast

It is true, that a SATA1 (150) controler is dirt cheap :-)

I was hoping for some kind of solution though. Perhaps the problem would go away if I tried another HDD brand?

Or am I forgetting something in the main Bios?

But thanks for the input!!

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