Ok, here is my issue... i have been having trouble with this motherboard for a while now and everything still kinda worked so i brushed some of the problems aside.
the mobo i about 2 years old now. i think there is something wrong with the mobo's RAID controller. i posted this thread a couple of weeks ago using my 2x250GB Seagate 7200.10's in RAID0 (http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...d-0-array.html
). as you can see the graphs were way below normal for a RAID array.
so last week during the Black Friday craze, i picked up 2 WD 640GB Caviar Blacks that were on sale. so i reinstall everything and everything seems much smoother and faster. i did an HD Tune benchmark and it seemed about the same as others that i have seen in one of the benchmark threads.
this morning i wake my system up from hibernation and it locks up on me. i restart it and as soon as it loads into windows i see some of the cores spike in usage in my sidebar gadget and then i hear the hard drives click, and then a message pops up from the Intel RAID Matrix Storage Manager saying that there is an issue with my RAID volume. then i get a BSOD. i reboot and it tells me i am missing "BOOTMGR" or something like that. i reboot again, it goes into Windows, then BSOD again!
i have gotten the message before from the storage manager about the RAID array with my Seagates, but i checked for bad sectors and verified the RAID volume and it was 100% fine. this leads me to believe my RAID controller is nerfed.
i guess i could have some bad drives from newegg, although i highly doubt that. i was having issues before with two drives in RAID. my RAM is new, and there is no indication that there is a CPU issue. so i am left with the motherboard. so, think its time to RMA? i just hate that if i do, ill be without a computer for ~3-6 weeks while i wait for something in return
. any advice?