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    Default GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    Ok, here's the data...
    GA-P55-USB3 mother board
    Intel i7-860 2.8Ghz processor
    4 GB DDR 3 memory
    4 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 1 Terrabyte hard drives.
    1 Liteon Sata DVD drive.

    All I want to do is create a raid 5 array from the 4 HD's. I've followed the directions in the manual that came with the mb (page 82 says enable PCH SATA Control to RAID(XHD))

    I've left everything else as default (except the full screen logo...that's disabled)

    When I reboot, the machine starts to post...give a brief look at the summary post screen, then goes black with a blinking cursor in the top left of the screen. I've left it there for several hours... just to make sure I wasn't being impatient :)

    I have to reset CMOS to defaults via jumper, or upon reboot I can't get into bios...(if I press DEL, says entering bios, then goes to the black screen with blinky cursor.)

    Any ideas? I've not flashed the newest bios yet... but thinking I might have to.

    Anything would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Tim

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    try flashing to the latest official bios first and see if it still does it,only flash using q-flash,read the guide on the main page
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
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    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    Ok, updated to latest bios (F6) using Q-Flash. Went well, but didn't fix the issue.

    Same black screen with the blinking cursor...

    I've tried removing all but 2 drives to see if that was the cause...nope..same thing. Whenever RAID is enabled on the bios, it won't get past the point above.

    Anyone have any other ideas?

    I might try installing win 7 and seeing if hardware raid can be enabled from there...but that isn't going to fix my real intent of creating on raid5 array and installing win 7 on that...

    I'll keep updating as I learn more :)

    Tim

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    did you set it to ahci/raid in the bios before you installed the os? if so then win7 should install any raid drivers automatically for you,dont switch from ahci/raid back to ahci or ide after as it will install the drivers for those sata modes and ruin the raid
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    The only way I can get the board to get past the "cursor page", is to leave everything set to IDE... IF I set anything to ACHI or RAID it hangs during what I believe is the detection phase...

    I've swapped out the Hitachi drives with Western digital and it works fine when set to IDE. Set to anythinge else, it doesn't finish the post.

    I can't believe it is a bad board...but perhaps...

    Tim

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    it will because the raid drivers arnt installed,you probably need to do a fresh install but set it to raid before you install win7
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    I appreciate the help, but I don't think you're getting what I'm saying.

    I should be able to create a RAID 5 volume BEFORE I install an OS... that way I can install the OS on the RAID 5 array. That's my ultimate goal.

    As a test of the Motherboard, I did leave BIOS set to IDE and Win7 installed fine... however, this won't let me convert the 4 drives to RAID 5... it'll let me do 3...but not the one the OS is on.

    I did this test just because I wanted to make sure the MB works... and it seems to.

    So, again, if I change bios to anything other than IDE, it won't even POST completely. That's the rub.

    Thanks again for giving me suggestions...

    Tim

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    i dont know how raid works so im trying to advise the best i can untill someone who knows more posts comments,i think you have to install the os in raid mode set in the bios,then you can create a raid 5 array,it wont let you because youve installed in ide mode but i could be wrong

    you have to set to raid in the bios then save and exit,upon reboot look for a msg that says "press ctrl-I to enter configuration utility" then you can set up the raid array in raid 0-5
    Last edited by wazza300; 08-04-2010 at 10:56 PM.
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    No worries. I appreciate all feedback, sometimes a new set of eyes leads to different ideas for a fix.

    Tim

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    Default Re: GA-P55-USB3 RAID / BIOS problem / Possible Stupid Question

    Ok,

    Here's the latest...and resolution!!!

    Apparently the P55 chip needs something plugged into one of the PCIe 16 slots in able to set up data paths to the rest of the chipset. As soon as I plugged in a PCIe Graphics card, the RAID controller and ACHI functions came to life.

    I had been using a standard PCI vga graphics card for burn in... NEVER had this issue before on any other motherboards...so I'm not sure if it is unique to the P55 or if it is a BIOS bug/feature...

    So...thanks for everyones help... and I hope this stays around a while in case someone else runs across this issue.

    Tim

    (Oh, created the RAID 5 array and installed win7 without a hitch... just remember, wondows doesn't like to install on volumes greater than 2 TB, so I did have to partition off a small chunk of my 3TB array for the OS .)

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