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

    Hi Fernando 1, Just a quick email to say thanks for the help. I had to do a full re-install since the XP repair didn't work, too much damage I think. The modified OS disk with the drivers added worked fine so I'm now rebuilding my system. Regards and thanks again, Seanmick.
  2. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Hi Fernando 1, Again, many thanks for the help. I am beginning to think that I should do a clean install but I am concerned that I will have the same issues even in this case since it might not correctly load the sataraid drivers on a complete reinstall either. 1) I tried using F8 to prevent the system reboot on failure but I do not get an error message and the system loops trying to restart windows. 2) I have started WinXp using the my IDE drive with the Sata Raid array active and I get the following information: IDE/ATA/ATAPI controller Driver: Microsoft atapi.sys/stopprop.dll. Hardware Id: 10de-036e / Primary_IDE_Channel / *PnP0600 SCSI and Raid Controllers: nVidia nForce 590/570/550 Serial ATA Controller 5.10.2600.0692 Driver: nVidia nvatabus.sys/idecoi.dll/idecoiins.dll Hardware Id: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_37F&SUBSYS_01E11028&Rev_A2 plus three others nVidia nForce Raid Class Controller 5.10.2600.0692 Driver: nVidia nvraid.sys/nvraidco.dll/nvraiins.dll Hardware Id: ACPI\NVRAIDBUS / *NVRAIDBUS 3) The file information on the nVidia drivers I loaded with nLite tells me that they are version 5.10.2600.0691. However, I do not see either idecoiins.dll or nvraiins.dll in either directory, is this an issue? 4) I am still using 4 GB of RAM, I would prefer not to remove them if possible. Would this cause the type of behaviour I am experiencing? Is is really possible that I would not be able to use my Dell OS disk to safely do a complete reinstall? By the way, if I am forced to implement a complete reinstall, I will not most likely not reactivate the RAID 0 array and I will use the disks as two separate sata disks, do you see any problems with this? Many many thanks for all your help, Regards,
  3. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Hi Fernando 1, Many thanks for the prompt reply. I have an update: 1) I re-made an OS CD and included the sata_ide sub-folder as PnP as suggested and this enabled me to get to the install procedure after the license agreement page. 2) The system went into chkdsk and told me the "volume was dirty" and proceded to run chkdsk which reported that it was recovering orphaned files. These included files like system, sam, security etc. 3) Once chkdsk completed, the system then allowed me to enter setup mode. It tells me that it has already attempted an upgrade (done when I first had the problem) and so I allowed it to retry this repair. 4) This proceeds successfully and copies the files to the c: drive. 5) On re-boot, the Raid array is reported as healthy, I can enter its setup mode from the BIOS, the array is 0, helathy, stripe is reported etc. the black Windows Welcome screen then appears, then goes blank as normal prior to the blue WinXp logon screen, the keyboard is energised, the mouse pointer appears briefly but then the system goes into reset mode again and loops attempting to restart Windows. Based on this behaviour, is it possible that I have loaded the incorrect drivers when I made the OS disk or is it a just that the damage is such that the XP repair will not work? The drivers I integrated were downloaded from nVidia, the enclosed Readme file is as follows: This WinXP nForce (C55/MCP55) driver package consists of the following components: Ethernet Driver (v60.24) "WHQL" Network Management Tools (v60.26) SMBus Driver (v4.57) "WHQL" Installer (v5.17) WinXP IDE SataRAID Driver (v6.91) "WHQL" WinXP IDE SataIDE Driver (v6.91) "WHQL" WinXP RAIDTOOL Application (v6.91) "Sedona" I integrated the SataRAID (textmode) and the SataIDE drivers (PnP). I can boot the system to XP normally from the pata drive, will I get full details on the actual nForce chipset under System Information? Many thanks again for all your help, very much appreciated. Regards.
  4. Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

    Hi All, New member here and of course I have a problem with an nVidia nForce raid system. I have a Dell XPS720 with 2x320GB drives in Raid 0 which contains my OS, Win Xp Pro. Unfortunately, a power cut resulted in being locked out of Windows on reboot. I tried safe mode etc to no avail. I then tried a repair using my Dell OS disk and got hung up in the infinite boot cycle with the Not Digitally Signed problem. So now I guess I have a corrupted version of WinXp on my c: drive. I have successfully installed a new Pata IDE drive and loaded the OS on that and all my original files etc are still there but it would be great if I could repair/recover my original system without having to re-install everything. I think that I have implemented the nLite procedure correctly as specified in the excellent work by Fernando 1. I have tried both the legacy drivers provided by Fernando 1 and also the WinXP IDE SataRAID Driver (v6.91) "WHQL" directly from nVidia. In both cases, I get as far as accepting the Windows license agreement (F8) and then I get the BSOD with a message regarding IRLQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. I am unsure if I need to physically copy any files (ie outside of nLite) to the folder in which I placed the copy of my Dell OS disk. Or maybe I don't have the correct drivers for my XPS 720 system? Any help really appreciated, Many thanks.