After installing RocketRaid 133 and restarting, the bios can see the adapter and the HDDs, but it is unable to boot OS (WinXP). I get the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). I tried multiple times, reconnecting the hardware, different PCI slots, even a second adapter (modifying two computers), with no luck. I really would like to get this up and running. Thanks.
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If you want to configure raid 1 and install OS freshly then follow these steps.
1) make ready all the required h/w. 2) Swith on the server. 3) when post starts reading SA532 controller press F8 button . 4) you will enter into Raid card bios. 5) select View to know any existing logical drive. 6) select Create logical drive,select both hdd's by pressing space bar. 7) press F8 to confirm changes,save and exit. 8) Enter into bios and set the boot controller order smart array controller as 1st. 9) press escape button and restart the server. 10) boot with cdrom and proceed for os installation. 6)
You question is not very clear. When you set the BIOS, you say it works well for several weeks. Does it change again automatically? If this is the case, replace the CMOS battery. (Usual battery model is CR2032).
If you have WinXP installed on both HDDs, set to view hidden and system files, and copy the NTLDR file from SATA disk to the IDE disk. If your NTLDR files goes missing from time to time, it is definitely a virus. Use a reputed AntiVirus software (I recommend Kaspersky).
If it is a boot virus,
- first backup your files to CDs.
- Remove partitions from both HDDs.
- Reset the BIOS.
- Restart the computer and install OS.
- Install a good VirusGuard.
If you wan to fresh install, here you can do ::
Try following steps. Restart the PC, Press Delete for some time It will lead you to BIOS setting Go to the Boot Priority menu, select DVD ROM as First Boot and HDD as Second Boot Now Insert your Operating system CD: Vista Ultimate Restart the PC and when screen says " Press
any key to continue" hit "enter" Let the CD load and then select New Installation Format the drive by pressing L, and then create three partition , 100 GB for Vista Ultimate, 100 GB for Windows 7 and rest for data. Hit enter and let os Load After complete OS loading, system will restart and
again you will see " Press any key to continue" DO NOT PRESS ANY KEY. OS will boot and register it with microsft. create login and then remove OS DVD,
Insert the Windows 7 DVD restrt the system, Hit enter when it says " enter any key to continue" select new installation, point to the earlier created partition for windows 7 installation proceed with same procedure. after complete installation, when you restart the pc, you will find both the BOOT entries at booting. do not forget to load device drivers on both the OS.
Insert your installer to the lap top then try to change the boot up priority by entering the bios. Try to press del key while your lap top boot. If these deosn't wok try F1 or F2 thesame process. If you have enter the BIOS, look for the boot priority which includes the First Boot, 2nd Boot and 3rd boot. Change the 1st boot to CDROM and the 2nd boot to hardisk. Then save the changes by pressing F10. your PC will reboot and it will direct you to the OS installation.
Your system is probably trying to boot from a USB drive. ZT systems for some reason will put USB hard drives ahead of drive 0 in the boot sequence. You can correct this in the BIOS. Another problem I had with mine is that the BIOS would not pick up the USB drives on a cold boot even though everything went fine with a restart. Cycling the power on the external after boot up solves this problem.
I don't think you can boot off of the ATA-133 so you will have to boot off of the IDE on the mobo and have the DVD drive jumpered cable select on the 2nd IDE. Boot that way to make sure the system boots. Shut down. Then instll the ATA-133 adapter with NO DRIVES on it and boot. The system should ask you for drivers for the new hardware. Intall the drivers. Shut down. Attach the new drives to the ATA-133. Reboot. You still might have to go into admin in windows and assign drive letters to the new drives. Anyway, if you are trying to boot off of a drive on the ATA-133 adapter, I don't think you can do it. I have mostly used Asus boards with Award Bios and there was no way to point the boot process to an add-on ATA Controller.