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Everything posted by MikeD

  1. Bighart, I don't think you're pointing to the correct driver. Do some reading about 'textmode drivers'. I think you're looking for a file called txtsetup.oem. -Mike
  2. Integration of AMD / ATI SB7XX textmode RAID / AHCI drivers on an XP install CD I recently purchased an ASUS M4A78-EM motherboard with an integrated RAID controller. My goal was to build a low power home RAID server. I used the following components, 1 x ASUS M4A78-EM AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 2 x Seagate Barracuda LP 1T HDDs ST31000520AS 1 x Samsung 500 G HDD 1 x IDE Optical Drive 1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core 1 x Kingston HyperX 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 1 x APEVIA X-QPACK The Mobo came with no written instructions for setting up RAID and installing Windows XP and the documentation on the included CD also made no mention of this After much searching and research I learned I'd need to use a tool like nLite to create an XP install CD with textmode RAID drivers for my mobo "slipstreamed" onto the install CD. Too bad the ASUS support web site makes no mention of any of this. In fact when you search downloads for this mobo it doesn't even include the textmode drivers for this motherboard. After about a dozen attempts I managed to track down the correct drivers and create an XP install CD that worked. In summary you'll need to do the following to create an XP install CD with drivers for this mobo. 1, Download and install nLite 2, Download the ATI Catalyst 9.6 Motherboard/Chipset RAID drivers for XP from the link below. This includes the textmode drivers and txtsetup.oem file you'll need to include on your XP install CD. http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst...ed/xp32-chipset 3, Start up nLite and be sure (at the least) to select tasks "Integrate Drivers" and "Create a Bootable ISO" 4, Use the nLite "Integrate Drivers" screen to "Insert" the textmode RAID drivers you downloaded at step 2 5, Use the direct burn option to burn a bootable install CD 6, Go into the mobo's BIOS and under "SATA Configuration" set "OnChip SATA Type" to "RAID." Save your BIOS settings and exit. (Your HDD's will no longer appear in BIOS.) 7, When prompted hit CTRL-F to set up your RAID array in the Option ROM Utility. I set my PC up with the 2x1T HDDs in a RAID 1 array (for my data, music, pictures etc) and the 500G HDD as a standalone for the OS and Apps. 8, Boot up the PC with the install CD inserted. Do NOT hit F6 when prompted. If you added the correct drivers to your install CD XP Setup will recognize your HDDs If they don't show up you've done something wrong, either included the wrong drivers (most likely) or made some other mistake. I took me about 10 attempts to get this right. I think these drivers and this approach will work for other M4A78 (maybe even M3A78) mobo variations and other AMD motherboards that use the South Bridge 700 / SB700 / SB7XX / 780G chipset. -Mike D
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