trouble : XPinstall freezes when 2 HDD connected to hpt366 V1.3 extended controllers

MB is Abit BE6 with 4 IDE slots. First two support ultra DMA33 IDE , while the last two support (Hpt366) ultra66 IDE devices. Every board has the two IDE for HDD and CDrom and a third ,which is smaller for the floppy. The Abit BE6 has two extra IDE slots... for HDD high speed data transfer ATA66...now they're up to ATA133. but at the time i bought the MB (2001) , it was quick. In 98SE i had no problems with these devices... now that i've upgraded to XP...problems. i have trouble getting XP to install with two HDD connected to hpt366 IDE slots. if i connect the copmputer to first two IDE it loads XP. if I try and connect both HDD together or separately to one of the last two IDE slots , my system freezes during installation. i load the hpt366 v1.3 (XP version) drives for the 2 extra IDE slots. but that does nothing. if i have only one HDD connected to the extra IDE , i'm able to load XP. If the system is up and running, One HDD connected to extra IDE and i try to connect second hDD, the system fails to boot. any suggestions??
sputnik1957Asked:
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JDMeisterCommented:
Several things come to mind.

The second ide channels are for RAID (0,1 or 0&1 not 5)
and probably won't work for booting the OS.

All hard drives on the second channel should be identical.

The 98 OS wasn't smart enough to crash.

XP has a few more smarts.

Boot from the first IDE, run your data from the second.

Speed after all is illusionary, and you will very seldom get 66 anyway.

Jerry
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sputnik1957Author Commented:
if i put one drive on the extended IDE and one on the regular IDE. it still won't boot. the only time two HDD work is when they're on the lower IDE. I'm using the correct cable (80 pin).
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JDMeisterCommented:
Boot from the IDE 0 (ZERO) drive, (Thats standard) and then load the latest motherboard RAID drivers that support XP.

XP, just like NT and Win2K has a very specific HCL.
(Hardware Compatibility List)

It MAY be, the mobo just won't work with XP. Double check
if a BIOS update is available.

Keep us posted.

Jerry
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sputnik1957Author Commented:
the MB is not a Raid... it only has extended IDE's. IT's NOT A RAID!
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sputnik1957Author Commented:
the MB is not a Raid... it only has extended IDE's. IT's NOT A RAID!
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JDMeisterCommented:
Bios Version Number?
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JDMeisterCommented:
I just checked the Microsoft HCL.

Sorry, charlie... No luck The Abit BE6 is NOT supported.

http://www.microsoft.com/hwdq/hcl/search.asp

will gert you there.
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sputnik1957Author Commented:
i was told it was... and after going through the pains of trying to get it up and running. i'm inclined to say it's not. thanks for your help in finding a solution ... one way or another.
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