Can't install Windows XP on an LSI MegaRaid 320-1 from Dell

I have a Dell Poweredge with a Dell Perc4 Scsi raid card/LSI Megaraid 320-1 and i am trying to install windows XP on it.  The problem i am having is that after i hit F6 and install the proper drivers in the setup, Windows XP then tells me it can't find any harddrives?  Does anyone have any ideas as to what i am doing wrong?
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ethnarchAsked:
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CallandorCommented:
Are the drives actually detected if you boot into the SCSI controller's BIOS?  Are the jumpers set correctly for each SCSI id?  Is the RAID array properly set up?
ethnarchAuthor Commented:
yes it is the raid card detects the drives i already set the array up and it even says 1 logical drive detected when booting up
ethnarchAuthor Commented:
If you have specific way of checking more accuratly maybe i could give you a better answer.  To my knowledge it is setup however though.
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ethnarchAuthor Commented:
another way i know that it is there, is that i can see it in the FDisk utility
CallandorCommented:
The next line of investigation would be the driver you use after pressing F6 - if it's the wrong one, the RAID array will not be seen.
ethnarchAuthor Commented:
well i am using the driver from LSI Logic, maybe dell has done some re-engineering on the card and those drivers will not work?  

Dell does not seem to give out any drivers for this card for Windows XP.  So i am stuck with the LSI ones.  

It would be just great if someone could help or point me in the right direction to find out what drivers i should be using.
CallandorCommented:
Ok, it sounds like you'll need someone who has the correct driver and experience installing on this machine.
ethnarchAuthor Commented:
so is there anyone out there that has done this before?

Can I maybe flash the bios on the card with the LSI Logic Firmware?
maninblac1Commented:
I had this done for me about 2 weeks ago.  I believe i still remember the steps.   Okay, if this is a modern dell which is sounds like it is.  You'll have to set up your BIOS to recognize the RAID before windows does.  Enter your bios and you should see 4 settings in the hard disk area....(i think that's what it's called)  IDE OFF SCSI and SATA, or possibly RAID or maybe even SCSI/RAID.  If you're doing a RAID you're probably using a SATA hard drive, this shouldn't matter.  If you see any type of RAID option select it, all else fails try the SCSI option, anythings else select SATA or IDE dependent on your drive.  Your BIOS should automatically prompt you to reformat your harddrive at this point, I think.  Either way, when you set up your RAID you're going to lose any data you have on your drive so if you have to format it 10 times before it works.  No harm done.  After the RAID has been set up in your BIOS, you can procede with windows install, you'll hit F6 to set up a SCSI or RAID controller.  And windows will note it and move on.  You should have your Dell/Intel SCSI/RAID drivers floppy disk ready.  It won't accept the drivers in any other manner.  After you put in the disk it'll ask you what you want to do how, partitions etc.  And then proceed with normal windows set up.  I'm sorry i'm sketchy on the details, i didn't actually do it myself, i have a dimension 8400 for note, with a 500GB RAID 0 SATA setup.
tmj883Commented:
You need to install a Server OS(NT Server,2000 Server, 2003 Server) as XP most likely does not have the correct drivers, at least this has been my experience with PowerEdge Servers. Dell is very proprietary and has their own BIOS in the PercController.
If you insist on XP, you may need to install a 3rd party pci SCSI/RAID controller instead of the PercController.
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ethnarchAuthor Commented:
Ok so i figured it out, All i had to do was flash the Bios and firmware on the LSI Logic Controler and Windows XP recognized it.

TMJ883 you are quite wrong, I have installed Windows XP twice now on 2 different poweredge servers. One with an SATA Raid controller and now with a Scsi Controller and both work great the first of which has been running for several months 24/7 now with no problems.  The Program that we are running from can't be used on Windows Server 2003 but we need really stable computers that have good speed which is why we are using Servers for this specific application.

So for Anyone else who might be interested the Perc 4 single controller from dell is in fact a MegaRadi 320-1 Controller from LSI Logic and can be flashed with the LSI Firmware/bios.

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tmj883Commented:
So it's no longer a Perc Controller(dell Bios), which is in order with my statement. Not so wrong after all. The flash simply makes it a third party controller by removing the proprietary Dell firmware.
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ethnarchAuthor Commented:
ugh some people just always have to be right, You did also say "It can not be done" as in impossible.  Now i would have went and bought a whole new computer if i followed your logic.  Therefore in my opinion you were wrong accept it it's alright to be wrong. It does happen time to time nobody is pefect.  And if you are upset i was not attacking you i am just clarifying for someone else who might be interested and reads this thread.
ethnarchAuthor Commented:
yes this is correct
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