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Jon Kuchler
Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2002 - 7:28 pm:   

Hello, I'm having some strange problems that happen occasionally, any input would be appreciated. Sometimes when I boot my system, I get the message "boot drive failure". I press del to enter bios setup and the hard drive is not detected. Usually I can exit setup, even though the drive is not showing, reboot, and the machine boots to windows normally, but sometimes takes a few tries. May be unrelated, but in the past, I have found that unplugging the power to the hd, and plugging back in solves the problem, but that's probably just coincidence.
I've had this box for about 6 months (built myself) and this has been happening for about the last 2 months or so.
I have:
WD 120gig hd
asus a7v266e mb w/ata 100
athlon xp1900
512mb ddr
windows xp pro
Everything is updated (flashed bios)
Any opinions would be appreciated, and sorry for long post, thanks.
Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2002 - 9:28 pm:   

Does your board come with the Promise ATA controller option? If so is this the controller you are using?
Jon Kuchler
Posted on Friday, November 29, 2002 - 11:28 am:   

E.S. Yes and no. This board came with raid, but I am not using it. There are four ide ports, two grey, two blue. I am using the grey ones. Should I try the blue ones? When the system boots, it searches for drives attached to the ata 100 ports and does not find any, so it does not load the bios for the controller. Could that be causing the problem? Thanks in advance.
Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 8:32 pm:   

Try setting up the Promise controller as a non raid via jumpers, I don't remember first hand which ones so check your manual and make sure it is installed via drivers properly before switching to make it boot in cmos. You should get better performance out of your system in this manner and it will also give you the ability to run three more devices as masters on the remaining ide channels.
Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 8:41 pm:   

The board I'm looking at right now has the Promise connectors to the right and just below the atx pwr connector. one blue one black/gray. The Blue is the Primary the black/gray is secondary. The Jumper by the silkscreen numbers is jp2601 Pin 1&2 for ata100 Pin 2&3 for raid 0 or raid 1.

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