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Asus A7V333 Motherboard and Promise Ultra100 TX2 Controller Card

Posted on 2003-10-23
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Ok TECH's I need some help here.

I have a Asus A7V333 motherboard. I also have 3 Promise Ultra100 TX2 Controller Cards that came with the Western Digital 200GB hard drives. Anyways, on PCI 1 I have my ethernet card and on PCI 2, 3, and 4 I have those 3 Promise cards and nothing on PCI 5. I have all hard drives filling up 2 of the cards and they show up perfectly. But when I put hard drives on the 3rd card they do not show up during the boot process. When I boot my computer it shows the card and it's bios with what hard drives are on each card but only displays 2 cards.

I called Promise and they said it has to do with my BIOS space. I dont see how this can be becuase my motherboard should be able to support 5 PCI Cards and all work perfectly. I dont see how this isn't working. So if any TECH out there has any ideas for me that would be great.

Please email me at divxman02@hotmail.com if you got any suggestions for me. THanks so much.

-Shawn
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Is it not the case that the MB already has a builtin promise interface?

Presumably they meant the capability of the bios to deal with three identical devices and how the PCI bus master will be able to distinguish amoung them.

If you run the promise utility to contruct the raid device, are you able to see the drives on the third card?

Have you tried or able to use the builtin promise interfaces?

Arnold
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I had a similar problem that might be helpful. I was trying to run a single Promise Ultra100 TX2 Controller on the A7V333, and it wouldn't work. It turned out to be a conflict between that and the onboard controller. If you disable the onboard controller (the promise one, not the standard IDE one) using the motherboard jumper, the other cards might work ok. I have moved on to a Promise FastTrack TX2 now, but I ran the Ultra 100 for months without a glitch.
Hope that helps
silent_waters
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