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Win 2K and Promise Ultra TX2 100 prob...

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Rick C.
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 8:09 pm:   

Hi, all.
I was running Windows 98 and did a nice clean install of 2000 Pro. Even did an fdisk and format for NTFS. While I was running 98, I was using a Promise Ultra 100 TX2 IDE controller card. Before installing 2000, I read in the Promise instruction book that if the boot drive is connected to the card, move it to the motherboard controller (since the card is plug and play). I did that and the install went very well and everything is ok. I then loaded the driver for the card, shutdown, moved the hard drives (2 of them on one channel) back to the controller card. Everything ok until 2000 got just about done booting up. At that point the primary drive started to shut down and start back up repeatedly. So I had to move the drives back to the motherboard IDE controller. I haven't tried to remove and re-install the card yet. (I'm using a 80 conductor IDE cable that came with the card. And the latest Promise driver.) But I guess that would be the next thing to try...after that maybe separate the 2 drives from being on one channel. So...any other ideas?
Thanks much.
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 8:46 pm:   

If a reinstall of the driver doesn't work try changing the boot sequence in the bios to boot from SCSI as the Promise card is treated like a SCSI card.
Rick C.
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:38 am:   

I'm not sure that option is available in the bios. I think the only choices are hard drive, cd-rom, floppy and network drive.
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 9:52 pm:   

What mainboard do you have? Win2k will stack a bunch of IRQ's ontop of each other and with some devices this is a real kicker even though bus mastering is common now. Move the controller card to another PCI slot. Separate the 2 drives or better yet leave the second drive off completely than try a boot up with the one drive hooked up. If all goes well shutdown reconnect the second drive and format it to NTFS if it isn't already.

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