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    Default is EP45-DS3R SATA RAID 0 + SATA DVD compatible?

    I can't boot off of a new SATA-DVD drive when my EP45-DS3R in RAID 0 mode.

    Relevant hardware:
    1x EP45-DS3R motherboard, BIOS version F10
    2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS SATA 1TB Hard Disk connected to SATA2_0, SATA2_1
    1x Pioneer 20X SATA DVD±R DVD Burner Model DVR-216DBK connected to SATA2_2

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. Reset CMOS, select Load Optimized Defaults, then Save & Exit.
    2. Set MIT-->Performance Enhance = [Standard]
    3. Set Advanced BIOS Features --> First Boot Device = [CDROM], Second Boot Device = [Hard Disk]
    4. Set Integrated Peripherals-->SATA RAID/AHCI Mode = [RAID] and SATA Port0-3 Native Mode = [Enabled] ([Disabled] does not work either)
    5. Save & Exit, Hit Ctrl-I to enter Intel Matrix Storage Manager
    6. Select Create RAID Volume, use all default values to create RAID 0 volume, Exit.
    7. After "Verifying DMI Pool Data....", "DISK BOOT FAILURE..." is displayed.

    My questions are:

    Why is the DVD drive not recognized as a bootable device? It is bootable when RAID is disabled.
    Is a SATA DVD drive supported when the motherboard is in SATA RAID mode?
    Are there any workarounds, new firmware, etc available that would allow me to install the operating

    Thanks in advance,
    Major P.

    UPDATE:::

    Just for grins, I removed a PATA DVD drive from another system and hooked it up, and lo-and-behold, it booted right up off the DVD. So I suspect that currently SATA RAID + SATA DVD = INCOMPATIBLE.

    But I'd really like to use this new drive (Newegg is going to blacklist me for all the RMAs over the last few days), so I'm still looking for help if any is forthcoming.
    Last edited by Major Pita; 10-09-2008 at 02:06 PM.

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    Default Re: is EP45-DS3R SATA RAID 0 + SATA DVD compatible?

    i dont know if you'll be able to boot off the SATAII DVD drive, but if you reconnect it after you've installed your OS it'll work... no problem
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    Default Re: is EP45-DS3R SATA RAID 0 + SATA DVD compatible?

    Well, I've got bad news. I was able to install the OS from the DVD, but when I went to install the first application off another DVD the DVD I/O all but stopped... I suffered through the rest of the install, it did finish OK but from perfmon, it looks like the DVD is timing out, resetting, getting some IO, timing out, etc. not good.

    I installed a PATA DVD from another box and now everything is fine, although it looks like this SATA DVD drive is worthless unless I want to get another SATA controller or go back to non-raid...

    My guess is that there is a bug in the firmware in the microcontroller, and that it probably effects ICH8/9/10R botherboards, not just gigabyte. But this is only a guess.

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    Default Re: is EP45-DS3R SATA RAID 0 + SATA DVD compatible?

    what version of the RAID driver do you have? you might wanna consider upgrading to the newer version which you can get here

    GIGABYTE - Support - Motherboard - Driver - GA-EP45-DS3R (rev. 1.0)

    I doubt that will fix anything, but its worth a try. Also, which SATA ports have you got each device connected to? Try connecting the optical drive to SATA_4 or _5 with the RAID components on SATA_0-3

    I'm not sure why this isn't working for you, because it sounds similar to the setup i've got and its working without a hitch

    EDIT: Wait a second... i just reread the first post... try putting your optical drive in the last SATA port
    Last edited by BongWizard; 10-10-2008 at 06:44 AM.
    NZXT Lexa BlackLine Case with Red LEDs
    Corsair TX-750 Modular PSU
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3P (BIOS F7)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.73GHz (downclocked for the summer )
    OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Heatsink
    2x 2GB Kingston HyperX RAM PC2-6400 @ 996MHz (4-5-5-15)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD in RAID5
    2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 @ 745/1090 in CrossFireX
    2x ThermalTake DuOrb GPU Heatsink
    D-Link Super G PCI WLAN Adapter
    Asus Lightscribe 20x SATA II DVD-DL Burner
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    2x 22" LG W2252TQ-PF Widescreen LCD Monitor (YAY!! Finally got the second one!!)

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    Default Re: is EP45-DS3R SATA RAID 0 + SATA DVD compatible?

    It should work fine in Port 4 or 5, those being on the furthest left

    And to boot from CD, you need to use the F12 And pick the CD drive. Is that how you tried it?

    Disk Boot Failure like you mentioned means your RAID is not setup yet is all, or not set as first boot device. You don't want your CD player set as first, use F12 to boot from CD
    Last edited by Lsdmeasap; 10-10-2008 at 12:19 PM.

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