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Master Geek

# 46741 8-Nov-2009 23:11
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I have just installed a RAID card in my dads PC.

It was all working fine, and then decided to play up.

STLab A-230
2 x 160GB SATA (RAID1 on motherboard) (Unknown model of drives)
2 x 500GB SATA (RAID1 on PCI card) (Seagate drives)
1 x LG DVD ROM (IDE secondary master on motherboard)
1 x Samsung CD/RW (IDE secondary slave on motherboard)
1 x IOMEGA ZIP (IDE Primary master on motherboard)
OS: Windows XP SP2

What is happening is that when everything is plugged in, I get the error of "Please insert system disc" etc when it tries to boot the OS. When I unplug the 2 drives on the PCI card but leave the card in, it works fine.

I have checked all of the BIOS settings, and it is set to boot from the RAID array on the motherboard. What gets me is that it worked fine for a while, and then started to do this.

Any help on this would be great, as my Dad needs this setup so as he can do his work on the PC!

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Uber Geek


  # 271144 8-Nov-2009 23:50
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have you tried inserting the system disc? chances are this will fix this error

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  # 271163 9-Nov-2009 08:03

From memory, your pc will be trying to boot of the pci raid card. Setting the boot sequence in the bios does not matter as your bios will not recognise the pci raid card.

When booting your pc you should see an option to press some type of key (e.g. F8) to get into the pci raid card settings. From here you should be able to change the settings so it does not boot from it.

When the drives are disconnected from the pci raid card, it does not try to boot from it as there are no valid drives attached.


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Master Geek

  # 271774 10-Nov-2009 18:46
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I tried the system disc, that only loaded windows setup. I've tried disabling the boot array on both the motherboard RAID and PCI RAID, and any combination of those that I could think of. Still nothing. What really gets me is that it was working fine, and then suddenly started having problems.

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