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BIOS not recognizing keyboard when attaching IDE drives to an existing RAID 0 array.

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I'm currently running WinXP Pro on a RAID 0 array with two SATA drives.

I've got one old 30Gb IDE drive that still has WinME loaded on it.
I've just gotten a brand new 160Gb ATA 133 drive.


Problem: Whenever I hook up either of the two IDE drives (individually or together) I'm suddenly not able to get into my BIOS setup. I get a "NO keyboard detected" error.

With none of the IDE drives hooked up, BIOS recognizes my keyboard and I have no problem getting into it.

So, how can I get into the BIOS after I've installed the IDE drives to configure the Boot order so that WinXP loads from my RAID array instead of having WinME load from the IDE drive ??


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Motherboard: ASUS K8V with the latest BIOS version installed.

I've tried alternating which IDE drive is hooked up to the Master & Slave end of the cable. The jumpers on both drives are set to CD (cable detect). I've tried hooking the IDE cable to the Secondary and Primary IDE slots on the motherboard, with no effect at all.

When the IDE drives are hooked up one of two things randomly happens. Either WinME will startup or I'll get a black screen with some text at the top stating that I need to reboot and select a bootable device.

My keyboard is nothing special. It's a 4-year old Compaq multimedia board. I've tried connecting the board to every available USB and PS/2 port, yet it still doesn't get recognized with the IDE drives connected.
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by:NewStarion
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I solved the issue of my keyboard not being recognized when trying to hook up the SCSI drives.

Turns out that my 4-year old keyboard was too old !!

I don't know the nitty-gritty of it, but something about it not sending singals fast enough to the motherboard or some such wierdness.

Anyways, I grabbed the 2-year old keyboard off of my other system, connected it and it worked perfectly.  I was able to get into the BIOS and set up the two IDE drives and choose the boot order.
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Try changing the IRQ for your Raid adapter in the bios.
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Did any of our solutions work?  If so accept an answer.  If not let us know more about your problem so we can help you.
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