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  1. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Hey Fernando, Thanks for the quick reply, yes I had seen those packages but didn't try them since my board is non-AHCI. So I tried the 9.98 versions and the results..... They work , not only did the BSODs go away, but I could push the system as hard as I want to with no issues. Also, hard drive activity behaves as you would expect in the windows xp perfomance window. Before there was always 10-20MB/sec of write activity, even if the drive was just reading or being idle. And now it shows idle states that are idle, just read activity when reading, etc. Basically 9.98 drivers are better on a nforce 570 ultra amd rig no question. The update process was a little funky though and I thought you would be interested in the results/process. I probably should post this to the other thread, but since we are already talking here I used device manager->update driver to do the update. Here were the steps. 1) Went to SCSI and RAID controllers -> NVIDIA nForce RAID controller -> update driver -> and selected the sataraid folder. The system updated the raid controller driver to 9.98. Strange thing though, before there were 3 separate NVIDIA nForce Serial 550/570/590 ATA controllers (one for each pair of SATA ports, 6 total). Updating the RAID controller also updated just the first SATA controller (the one with both raided HDs attached). The other 2 SATA controllers were left at 6.99 version. 2) Rebooted, rebooted again, now in device manager -> SCSI and RAID controllers there was 1 updated raid controller, 1 updated SATA controller and 2 older 6.99 SATA controller. 3) Used update driver to update the other 2 SATA controllers. Doing so moved them out of the SCSI and RAID controllers area and into the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers area. 4) Rebooted, now the SATA controllers all had the 9.98 drivers, but one was listed in the SCSI and RAID controllers area and the other 2 in the IDE section. Strange. 5) I then used the installer to update the Ethernet, SMBus and Mediatool. The installer first asked to uninstall old and reboot, on restart it installed the drivers. 6) On next reboot, there was now listed an "Other PCI controller" (or something close). There was also no local network connection. There was no option to rollback driver on the PCI controller. Selected install driver and selected the ethernet directory from your package. Install reboot. 7) Network functionallity was now back and the system looked good except for the misplacement of the SATA controllers. 8) Opened the MediaShield tool which is now version 5.10.2600.663 (is this right). Disturbing results. The 465GB raid drive was now listed as 0.37GB and healthy even though the drive was fully functional. Started a rebuild to see if that would help, it is now at 40029% and counting. I'm assuming this is the old media shield and it is not fully compatible with the new drivers and the installer did not update it. Any idea what to try to fix this, is there something else I missed? Might just do a clean install and see how that goes. Thanks again, your packages rock!! Tom
  2. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Hi Fernando, This is my first time posting and I wanted to thank you for all of your advise, posts and work over the past few years. I've read a lot of what you have put up on different boards and it has been so helpful. NVIDIA should definitely pay you something.. I wanted to give you some feedback on how the drivers are working on my chipset since you have asked for this before and also for some advise. I've been struggling for 4 weeks with getting an nForce 570 RAID setup stable and have run out of things to try. The system is: ASUS M2N-E motherboard nForce 570 Ultra AMD chipset Athlon x2 4000+ CPU (Brisbane stepping) G-Skill memory 2 sticks 2GB each Western Digital 500GB hard drives RAID 1 setup on SATA ports 1 and 2 (1.0 & 1.1) Windows XP x64 SP2 clean install (only VMWare workstation 6.0.2 installed) nForce 6.99 drivers latest BIOS/all windows updates The install process you outlined with nLite went fine and the RAID setup is working. However, when the hard drives are put under a little bit of work, performance drops to a crawl (< 1MB/sec, when normally ~20MB/sec when copying a file). If I really stress the system I can guarantee a BSOD with either IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. For example, if I try to copy a 10GB file on the host and suspend/resume two vmware guests at the same time, HD performance becomes horrible and then a BSOD happens. Microsoft says that the combination of these two faults can be due to faulty drivers. For hardware tests, I have tried 3 different pairs of memory, all of which pass memtest+ 1.70 for days. I have also stress tested two different Athlon CPUs for days. All tests pass fine, I am convinced this is not a hardware issue. Also tried different SATA cables. Reinstalling the system without nForce RAID drivers makes the BSOD goes away with the same tests. So it is definitely not a motherboard/software issue, other than maybe the RAID controller. Any ideas on what else I can try? Turning NCQ off allowed me to push the system harder, but did not fix it. You may ask why do this and the reason is that I run a few guest OSes and sometimes I might have to startup and shut down more than one at a time. If the system crashes and invalidates one of the vmware guests, this is a problem, sort of defeats the whole purpose of using raid. I might just have to give up and go back to a non-RAID setup, but as a last resort I wanted to see if you had any ideas or hopefully if you had heard of this problem before. Thanks so much, Tom