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Asus A8N SLI RAID showing both drives as "degraded"

When i bootet this morning, the drives were shown as "degraded" in the RAID-Bios. I continued booting and Windows asked wheter to start in safe-modes or in normal mode. Windows bootet normally after i chose normal mode, but the message in BIOS still displays and every time i reboot, windows asks again which mode to boot. (as if i had not shut down properly)

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    The system shuts down with blue screen but sometimes never boots in win xp or in safe mode.

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This problem usually occurs if: 1) The computer never finished booting 2) A sticky button on you keyboard (F8 or Control Key for win98) 3) Less Memory for windows xp and ME. Try checking if all the memories as well fixed on the board and are being read. 4) Corrupt system files. 5) Incorrect bios configuration (Try changing the bios settings to optimum performance of fail safe to confirm that. All the best.

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