Puter worked fine with 2 wd raptor drives in raid config. I took them out and put in idd drive and loaded windows xp on it and then I put in a new maxtor 160gb drive and now the bios does'nt detect any hard drive. It detects the floppy and cd only. I also tried a new 800w ps but no change. I tried ASUS but never got a reply. Thanks for any help. Jim
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Re: asus a7n8x deluxe
Please make sure your HDD are in proper configuration.
An IDE device have two cofigurations.
Master and slave.
Any motherboard will have two IDEs.
Primary and Secondary.
You can connect two drives to one IDE in Master and slave configuration.
This is determined by setting a small pin called jumper setting.
You should visit the following website to know more about setting jumper for a Hard disk.
This way you could solve your problem.
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1. If the HDD has jumpers make sure to set the one you want to boot from as the master.
2. Go into your BIOS and choose which device to boot from first.
Also just to be sure disable all other drives and boot with the single drive to ensure that it actually works. There are bootdisks that can help with booting issues one being called ultimate boot cd but i wouldn't touch settings unless you know what your doing.
Excellent motherboard. I've owned two of them, best socket A motherboard ever. Nvidia nforce chipset, soundstorm audio. You can definitely burn the drivers to a disk or pen drive for installation after you've reinstalled windows. Windows xp may even have drivers that will work for the network card. So you may just be able to go to asus's website with that system and install directly to the system. You will know if the network card is working when xp asks to activate, try to activate and it will tell you if you have a network connection or not. I would burn all the drivers and software to a disk though just in case. Downloading the drivers and saving them on a CD is easy. Just download and save the drivers/software to your "my documents folder" when downloading from asus. Then open my computer double click on the cdrw drive or dvdrw drive whichever one you have and drag the files from your documents to the cdrw//dvdrw window. Once you've done this you will see at the top of the window "files ready to be written to cd". At the top in the left column in window you will see "write files to cd". Insert a blank cd-r or cd-rw and click write files to cd. That's it once its finished you can use the cd to install the software. If you have any trouble or questions reply to this and I will be glad to help you. I miss my A7N8X-E I sold mine to my friend 5 years ago and its still running strong and I used it for 2 years before him.
You sure you installed the ASUS RAID drivers when you installed Windows? Ya need to get the drivers off the ASUS disk, transfer them to a floppy, hit F6 when windows tells you to (during windows install...you only have a second or 2 to see the message!)) and use the floppy to install them. Might take a few tries to get it right.
A stab in the dark. Sound like the MB BIOS expects and is written to have the OS on the
IDE slot. After that I would add one SATA drive at a time to see if it matters and to see if one of the drives are causing the problem.
I had the same issue a while back. You need to reinstall windows on the new PC. Your motherboard is expecting to see a certain hard drive that has the windows boot sector on it. If it doesn't see that exact hard drive the computer will never boot... so quick fix, just reinstall windows and everything should work fine. ~gnomer