Raid Controller and installing XP pro on raid 0 help


G

Gabriel Knight

Hi all, im not able to install windows xp pro from an array of two hard
drives on a raid controller card. I have the raid card installed in a PCI
32bit port on a desktop motherboard. The Raid card is a LSI Logic MegaRAID
Sata 150-6 raid controller card that also has "SER523 REV B2" on the PCB
with 6 Sata ports, I have used the jumper for the 32 bit PCI on J1 as stated
in the manual on page 16 of 26 from here:

http://wikisend.com/download/171288/C62106-002_SRCS16 Hardware Guide.pdf

im using raid 0 with just two hard drives that from my best knowledge have
been setup good enough from the wizard in the bios of the raid card. I have
also tried to use the driver for xp on a floppy disk from here: under the
driver section for win xp 32bit

http://www.lsi.com/support/Pages/Do...ductcode=P00581&assettype=0&component=Storage
Component&productfamily=Legacy RAID Controllers&productname=MegaRAID SATA
150-6

I choose the raid card in win xp setup from the floppy but when it gets
after the screen saying "windows (or setup) is starting" and I choose to
press enter to "install windows now" it says no hard drives are found or
detected. I am using an Asus Motherboard P5KC. In the mobo bios it has:

Boot device priority - Raid: (bus 05 dev 02) pci raid Ad (so it has
detected the array)

interrupt 19 capture - enable/disable (I have tried both)

Sata configuration - compatable
- enhanced
- disabled

I have tried all of the above with win setup not finding the array

As the pc boots after the post I see:

[PCI 5/2] self tests ok, IRQ 15
[PCI 5/2] intel raid controller SRCS16 firmware ver 7135
[PCI 5/2] dram =64mb (sdram)
[PCI 5/2] port-0 -- ST31000524AS
[PCI 5/2] port-1 -- ST31000524AS
[PCI 5/2] 1 logical drive(s) found on the host adapter

1 logical drive(s) handled by bios

another message after the post is:

JMicron Technology Corp. PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE Raid controller Bios V1.06.69
copyright (c) 2005 JMicron Technology. http://www.jmicron.com

Detect drives done, no any drive found.

and another is:

Raid controller bios version G401 (build Jun 22, 2004)

So I have tried to use both the standard windows and the downloaded file
from the raid cards web site on a floppy for win setup to detect the array
but its a no go, I have played with the compatability and enhanced and
disabled setting in the mobo bios for the sata configuration, and used both
"enable and disabled" option for interrupt 19 capture. I have tried deleting
and rebuilding the array from the two hard drives aswell and initialising
them and setting them to boot priority "0".

OR - is it not possable to install xp pro on an array/raid 0 do I have to
install xp on a single drive and then use the raid card and hard drives
seperatly?

Thanks, GK.
 
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T

Ting Hsu

im using raid 0 with just two hard drives that from my best knowledge have
been setup good enough from the wizard in the bios of the raid card.

This is a digression, but I do not understand why people use raid 0.

If something happens to one drive in a raid 0, then you lose the
entire raid. Moreover, because of how failure rates work, you actually
increase your chances of catastrophic failure under raid 0, than if
you did not use raid in the first place. And if performance were a
concern, wouldn't an SSD be better?

Raid 1, 5, 6, those I can understand (I personally use raid 1).
 
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Paul

Gabriel said:
Hi all, im not able to install windows xp pro from an array of two hard
drives on a raid controller card. I have the raid card installed in a PCI
32bit port on a desktop motherboard. The Raid card is a LSI Logic MegaRAID
Sata 150-6 raid controller card that also has "SER523 REV B2" on the PCB
with 6 Sata ports, I have used the jumper for the 32 bit PCI on J1 as stated
in the manual on page 16 of 26 from here:

http://wikisend.com/download/171288/C62106-002_SRCS16 Hardware Guide.pdf

im using raid 0 with just two hard drives that from my best knowledge have
been setup good enough from the wizard in the bios of the raid card. I have
also tried to use the driver for xp on a floppy disk from here: under the
driver section for win xp 32bit

http://www.lsi.com/support/Pages/Do...ductcode=P00581&assettype=0&component=Storage
Component&productfamily=Legacy RAID Controllers&productname=MegaRAID SATA
150-6

I choose the raid card in win xp setup from the floppy but when it gets
after the screen saying "windows (or setup) is starting" and I choose to
press enter to "install windows now" it says no hard drives are found or
detected. I am using an Asus Motherboard P5KC. In the mobo bios it has:

Boot device priority - Raid: (bus 05 dev 02) pci raid Ad (so it has
detected the array)

interrupt 19 capture - enable/disable (I have tried both)

Sata configuration - compatable
- enhanced
- disabled

I have tried all of the above with win setup not finding the array

As the pc boots after the post I see:

[PCI 5/2] self tests ok, IRQ 15
[PCI 5/2] intel raid controller SRCS16 firmware ver 7135
[PCI 5/2] dram =64mb (sdram)
[PCI 5/2] port-0 -- ST31000524AS
[PCI 5/2] port-1 -- ST31000524AS
[PCI 5/2] 1 logical drive(s) found on the host adapter

1 logical drive(s) handled by bios

another message after the post is:

JMicron Technology Corp. PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE Raid controller Bios V1.06.69
copyright (c) 2005 JMicron Technology. http://www.jmicron.com

Detect drives done, no any drive found.

and another is:

Raid controller bios version G401 (build Jun 22, 2004)

So I have tried to use both the standard windows and the downloaded file
from the raid cards web site on a floppy for win setup to detect the array
but its a no go, I have played with the compatability and enhanced and
disabled setting in the mobo bios for the sata configuration, and used both
"enable and disabled" option for interrupt 19 capture. I have tried deleting
and rebuilding the array from the two hard drives aswell and initialising
them and setting them to boot priority "0".

OR - is it not possable to install xp pro on an array/raid 0 do I have to
install xp on a single drive and then use the raid card and hard drives
seperatly?

Thanks, GK.

Some random ideas...

1) Slipstream the driver, using Nliteos, and make yourself a new installer CD.

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part1.html

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/pictures/a6.jpg

The driver support is limited to certain formats of driver installers.
Perhaps a folder of files with txtsetup.oem would work ?

The purpose of doing this, might be to skip the "press F6" stage entirely...
Keep the new CD, with the machine.

2) If using "press F6" method, some RAID drivers must be installed *twice*.
Now, I don't know what you press to do that. The driver stack consists of
a "dummy pseudo SCSI" entry, and then the real driver. And that counts
as installing the same driver twice (i.e. "until it is satisfied").

3) Boot devices (or devices using Extended INT 0x13 access while you're using
them), need sufficient low memory space for the BIOS code to load. On some
systems, if you have two NVidia video cards, some other motherboard storage
controllers, that exhausts the space needed by the RAID card BIOS chip.
Space is grabbed on a first come first serve basis, so the last controller
to attempt to load its BIOS code, loses out. You need to shut off some
other stuff, so the RAID BIOS will load. I don't expect that's your problem,
but it's something to keep in mind when adding RAID cards.

This is the original article on the topic.
It was contained in an email from Tyan Tech Support to a customer.
The body of the email was posted in the following thread.

http://forums.2cpu.com/showthread.php?threadid=29994

HTH,
Paul
 

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