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post #11 of 14
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"Have u turned on enhanced SATA mode?"

Not that I know of, I don't even know what that is, let alone how to turn it on. There isn't anything mentioned in the BIOS about enhanced SATA.


"Is it a SATA2 drive?"
Nope, it's just normal SATA (as far as I can tell anyways, and the manufactorer website has it just as SATA not SATA2).


"There should be a jumper on the back which sets sata 150 mode"
On the back of what, the motherboard? How will changing the SATA mode affect or help anything?


"I wouldnt say that it is a driver problem sounds more like ram to me .I had a similer problem with ballistix tracer ram tried some ol crap i had and loaded it up no problem ..If you have some other ram about give it ago may work for you too"
I have 2 sticks of 1Gb G.Skill ram, although I took one out just to eliminate the possibility that there was a problem with the way the RAM was set up. I'm pretty sure it's not a RAM issue, because wouldn't the computer just not even boot without the RAM? I can get to the point where windows is done loading all its generic drivers, and then it bluescreens.


"In my ears it sound like incompatibility.
I asume Bios detects the disk!
What happens if you use another disk?"
I dunno, I suppose it could be incompatibility but I doubt it. BIOS does detect the hard drive, but it shows it as having 0mb. From what I hear, this is normal for a SATA drive until the drivers are installed that allow the system to access the HDD. I tried putting in my friend's IDE HDD, and it worked just fine, so that's why I think it's a problem with my HDD.


"What interface? SATA 1/2, what controler, What about Bios, is it OK there? is it updated?"

I don't know what interface it is, how do you tell? I'm trying to install windows xp sp2. Using SATA 1. I don't know how to check what controller I have. BIOS should be fine I think, I have an ASUS mobo and I thought they generally were up to date? I suppose I could update my BIOS just to be safe, how would I go about doing that?


"check your bios to see if your HDD can be set to IDE instead of RAID"
It doesn't seem to have an option to do that. I've been messing around with the RAID options, but it seems like no matter what ones I pick, upon turning on it will go straight to a screen that says, "NVIDIA RAID IDE ROM BIOS 4.84" and "Detecting array...", but it will never find the arry, and just sit there forever. I need to take out the HDD and then go into BIOS to get out of this loop heh.


I hope that helps you guys help me!

Thanks,
Pete
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post #12 of 14
EDIT: You might want to read the next post also, before doing anything :

Yes you are stuck with the Raid Bios, because Raid is enabled. Disable it!!

There are diferent menues for it(always in main Bios), but it might be as simple as going to IDE configuration, and "flip" Raid to IDE.

That's the first step. Refer to your MOBO manual if you have to.

Also make sure (again your MOBO manual ), that you have plugged the HD into a Primary connector. Some SATA connectors are ment for storagediscs. A good idea might also be to have just that one disc in the machine, untill you have figured this out.

Don't try to install anything, before bios detects and shows the disc correctly.

You update Bios by going to ASUS's homepage, download the biostool and newest bios for you MOBO.

The disc being SATA(1), forget everything about jumpers.

You did the RAM block switch, so forget about defective RAM.

You tried another HD, so forget about anything being defective in your PC. Only posiblity of things being defect, is your new HD, or the controler it's connected to, but lets try to get it running before declaring it dead.

I'm pretty sure this is not because the parts are incompatible. I think it's just a case of misconfiguration. We'll figure it out.
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I just read up on your MOBO.

1. You should plug you HD into the port labled SATA1.

2. Go to Bios: Load default settings. hit F10-Enter.

3. Go to Bios: Advanced-Onboard devise configuration-NVRAIDConfiguration: Disable Raid on all. (should be that way now). Hit F10-Enter.

4. Go to Bios BOOT menu. Select your CD/DVD as first boot devise, and your new SATA as second Boot devise. Hit F10-Enter.

5. Go to Bios. Now you should be abel to see your disk correctly. If yes, proceed.

6. Put your XP cd in your CD/DVD drive. Hit F10-Enter, and install Windows.

I asume it's an XP SP2 you have, othervise you might have to partition your disc, and install on a partition smaller than the "pre SP2 limit". It's 137Gb or somewhere in the neighbourhood of it.

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Oiy! it turns out the drive is messed up... one of my friends looked felt it running and said he could feel that the head is loose because it's bucking. He lent me one of his HDDs till I get a new one (his is SATA as well, and I had no problems whatsoever setting it up).

Thanks anyways for the help,
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