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Collision between a screen and a RAID card under win98

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Hello,
I ordered this very strong computer. It has and Adaptec RAID that supports SCSI UltraWide III and it has a Dual board with 1Ghz Pentium etc ...  
AND a GeForce 3 Elsa Gladic screen adapter.

The computer is dynemite. But it works only on win2k. Under win98 there is a collision between the RAID and the screen cards. Seems like they both use the same address space or something. I'm not sure if this is the exact problem but replacing the screen card to an SDRAM using card solved the problem.

Do you know how I can put together these Two under 98 ?

Note that there are no spare IRQ's in there. they are all used up, and I would consider replacing the RAID card if anyone knows a paralell one that supports UltraWide SCSI III.

Thank you
Dor
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by:c661jmb
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Can I have a pint of what you are drinking!!

Why is your screen in COLLISION with your raid controller card?

Did you throw it?

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Do you use ACPI in win98? if not disable it in BIOS (free's IRQ 9)

Do you use PS/2 Mouse? if not then, Why not?
Do you have an external modem? if not try disabling com port2 (free's IRQ 3 & 4)

Then force ESCD update to rebuild ESCD data.

Win2k is better at handling IRQ conflicts due to better ACPI support.

If you have a VIA chipset have you installed the 4 in 1 drivers? 4.32?
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by:dorz
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collision is perhaps a bad choice of words,
but you understood me.

1) what is ACPI ?
2) of course win2k is better. I have no problems with win2k.
3) there is no external modem, I'll try what you said about freeing com2.
4) what is ESCD and how do I force it to update it's data ?
5) what is the 4 in 1 drivers ?

Thank you for answering me.
Dor
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1) Advanced Power Magement do da!!

4) should be an option in the BIOS. "Force ESCD update"

5) visit www.viahardware.com
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I would use safe mode to change the IRQ of your VGA card after you download the newest drivers for ALL of your hardware and check that you have the newest BIOS in your machine.

I hope this helps !

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SysExpert I think you have the wrong direction. The problem is not only IRQ's but also the DDR memory usage
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SysExpert I think you have the wrong direction. The problem is not only IRQ's but also the DDR memory usage
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by:dorz
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SysExpert I think you have the wrong direction. The problem is not only IRQ's but also the DDR memory usage
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OK, Have you looke at the BIOS in your RAID controller to see if you can change it's configuration ??

Also check the BIOS - load default settings and check to turn off any extra memory caching or shadowing.

That may help !!
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Okay, you are forgetting that this computer runs a win2k also. I would suggest sticking with solutions within the operating system .. if I can.
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Okay, you are forgetting that this computer runs a win2k also. I would suggest sticking with solutions within the operating system .. if I can.
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OK, then let's try this, In win2k, DO a Start- run- WINMSD. print this entire report to a text file.
Now try to use these settings under win98.

I hope this helps !
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Only 2 respondents here.
Maybe my last comment helped ?!
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Okay, so the problem was solved. I'll tell you how and conclude this chapter so everyone knows, but to the best of my knowledge none of you was a part of that solution. Correct me if I'm wrong.

The simple idea was to disconnect the RAID from win98. I installed it on a separate IDE HD and "they live happyly ever after". Win98 does not know there is a RAID array since the RAID HD's are on NTFS filesystem and I back up the entire IDE HD onto one of the RAID partitions when I want.

Thank you very much for trying. When I posted the question I needed help fast and you tried :)

Dor
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