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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

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    With hdds connected to the 2 purple controller you must enable Raid for a raid setup under integrated peripherals towards the bottom where it says onboard sata/Ide device to enable and ctrl mode to raid. If you are installing windows to these drives you need to press f6 doring install to supply the jmicron/gigabyte drivers for windows install. With Dvd drive connected to yellow intel controller at top of integrated peripheals set sata/raid ahci mode to disabled.

    This the proper way to have the bios setup for Raid. I did miss a step and that is after making settings in bios and saving on next reboot you have to enter the raid bios ctrl +g for jmicron/ gigabyte (purple) ctrl +i for intel (yellow) configure the raid array that you want and save changes. doring the xp install you have to press F6 when it says and load the drivers for the approprate raid controller to access the drive to format and install windows on to it. if you made the proper changes in bios and connfigured the raid array the the raid controller bios its all down the give the windows installer the proper drivers.
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    I'd clear the CMOS with the pins located near the case switch pins and start over. After clearing the CMOS, load optimized defaults and save and exit. From there you'll need to enable RAID mode on whatever ports you are using (I recommend the yellow Intel ports), save and exit, then create the RAID array in the setup utility. After doing this, you should then be able to load the RAID/AHCI driver and install windows.

    Make sure you use the correct driver. If using the purple ports then you need to load the Gigabyte RAID driver. If using the yellow ports then use the Intel ICH10R driver.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    Would there a benefit for clearing the CMOS? As far as the settings in the BIOS, I think I have everything correct and I did create a RAID 1 (ctrl G) during bootup.

    Unless I'm choosing the wrong driver from the floppy drive during install, I'm stuck.

    I'll get Windows 7 when it comes out!

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    It's always something that's recommended just to make 110% sure you're starting from fresh. Sometimes BIOS values can get corrupt and show enabled/disabled when in fact the opposite is true. It's a good trouble shooting step that'll take you just a couple of minutes to try. At least then you can say you tried absolutely everything.

    there are two drivers and a couple of people who posted here missed that you can scroll down to select what may be the right one, so it's worth double checking. I'd still destroy the current RAID array, reset the CMOS and start again though ,just to have a nice blank canvas to work from.

    have a look around the online shops now for potential special offers on Windowws 7. You've missed the pre-order, but may be able to get a slightly more expensive (still cheaper than when it's released) deal. I got my copy pre-ordered for approx. half price. Windows 7 Home Premium cost me 49.99, and I think full price is 99.99. bargain.

    Until then I can whole heartedly recommend the Release candidate of Windows 7. I've been using it and the beta before it since December 2008 and it's absolutly superb. I haven't had a single BSOD in normal use. The only time it's crashed is when finding my over clocking limits, and any OS would have crashed then. I think you can still download the release candidate, and it's as good as the real thing. It's also a 100% improvement over Vista too IMO. Get the 64 Bit version of the RC and you'll never want to go back to XP unless you have a really under powered machine (and you don't).
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    Well, I've never had problems like this before, but then again, this is my first machine that I've built where XP has given me a problem.

    I have 8GB of RAM, so I will have to get the 64-bit version of 7. The only reason I am attempting to install XP Pro is just to make sure everthing works. As fas as clearing the CMOS, I would have to see how to do that.

    Like I said, I have RAID 1 setup (purple ports) and during bootup all shows that all is fine. I downloaded the "pre Vista" driver from Gigabyte and I believe I am choosing the correct driver. I tried a few of them and I get the same result. Windows cannot find my hard drives.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    jmb36x/XP_Vista_Win7/JMB36X_WinDrv_R1.17.49_WHQL.zip this is the latest version of the driver you need for the raid array on the purple gigabyte ports.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    I had a similar problem getting my RAID 0 set up when installing XP Home Edition 32bit. I used the yellow Intel SATA ports, so I had them enabled for RAID in the BIOS. After setting up the RAID, I had a problem getting the floppy RAID driver installed. Finally figured out that I needed to do a fresh format of the floppy disk before extracting the files to the disk. Even though the disk was preformatted and the files were on the disk, Windows wouldn't install the RAID driver until I did the fresh format of the floppy disk.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    I will try the fresh format of the floppy.

    I downloaded the driver, but since the driver doesn't go on a floppy, does it get slipstreamed with XP Pro SP3?

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    yes you could try to slip stream it into your windows install but there is 2 floppy folders one for 32 bit os and one for 64 bit os. Make sure you chose the correct one and you copy all 4 files to the floppy or usb drive. if you still get windows to see the drives. I would switch controlers set the hdd to the intel yellow ports and your dvd to the purple and see if that works better.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS Settings

    You must create the RAID Array in the RAID BIOS First (Control + I after the bootscreen and before the IRQ Screen) did you do this, or are you further along than that now?

    BIOS Settings should be as follows, with your two drives connected to the first two Yellow ports (SATA2_0 and SATA2_1)

    Integrated Peripherals

    Intel Controller (Yellow Ports)
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) ............. RAID
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work)

    Gigabyte/J.Micron Controller (Purple Ports) (This can be disabled if you do not use IDE Ribbon devices or have anything connected to the purple ports)
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ............. Enabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ........... IDE

    You want to use the Intel (Yellow) ports for your RAID, it is much faster. Be sure you use the intel drivers as well.

    You can get the latest drivers here. Second and third link is what you want, depending on your system 32/64 >>

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filt...=All&submit=Go!

    Drivers need to be placed into this folder structure on the floppy for XP RAID Driver install to properly load the driver

    Quote Originally Posted by SCTony View Post
    You need to COPY all the files on the floppy into a sub-directory named A:\$OEM$\TEXTMODE\ (which you have to create).

    Be sure also that you pick the Correct driver when the choice window is presented to you, ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO
    Last edited by Lsdmeasap; 08-17-2009 at 09:54 PM.

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