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Windows XP 64-bit, ASUS P5WD2 Premium, Western Digital Raptors

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I am looking for some help for installing Windows XP 64-bit on a new system I have built. I am not an expert, at building new PCs, nor am I a novice. I have built PCs in the past but this is my first experience with a RAID system.

The problem is when installing Windows XP 64-bit it always goes to blue screen when it gets to the install part of ‘Starting windows..’. The blue screen has “STOP 0x0000007B…” error which I believe is related to the device driver.

I install the drivers for the RAID system via the ‘F6’ key at the start of the windows installation.

My systems components are as follows:
ASUS P5WD2 Premium board
Pentium D 840
2 GB ram
2 Western Digital Raptor (10,000rpm) 75 Gig hard drives
2 optical drives
480W Power Supply

The Raptors are SATA, and I have them plugged in the SATA 0 and SATA 1 pin slots of the mother board. The optical drives are on the Secondary IDE pin slot of the motherboard and both optical drives are set as Slaves.

I have updated the motherboard bios, from ASUS and I have tried drivers, put on a floppy, both from ASUS and the latest from Intel. But every time no matter what I do I am getting the “STOP 0x0000007B…” error.

I have gone into the bios setup and followed the manufactories suggested setup steps, setting the SATA drives to raid then out side of the Bios, during setup up, ‘CTR-I’ to set up the RAID 0.

I have tried swapping power hookups to the drives along with trying different SATA pin connection combination on the mother board to the drives.

I have even tried removing the RAID configuration, via the setup and BIOS, and try to get Windows 64 to install on a single Drive, but still the same error.

Is there some procedure I need to follow to wipe the drives incase they got any bad boot sector data, before trying these different install setups?

At this point I am almost thinking it is a problem with Windows 64 bit and the raptor drives.

I would really like to exploit the potential of my 64 bit setup but at this point I am about ready to try Windows XP 32-bit just to get it working.

My only thoughts are something to do with the IDE setup and the optical drives. Though I do not see how that would affect anything.

Any help or suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
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