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Asus A8N-SLI Premium Windows XP Pro Install Continuously Reboots

    I am having some trouble reinstalling windows on my machine. Specs are as follows

Asus A8NSLI Premium (Bios v 1009)
1 WD Raptor 74GB SATA (On SATA 1)
2 160GB Seagate SATA II Drives (RAID 0 on SATA 2,3)
Plextor DVD Drive (On SATA 4)
2 Geforce 7900GTX SLI
SB XFI Fatality

Please let me know if you need more info.

I have had a working installation on  this system before, so this is a new problem. This does seem to be a fairly common one, though n on of the solutions I have read on other boards have worked yet. When I went to reinstall windows, I put in the floppy with the SATA RAID drivers from the nforce4 6.7 series. It went through the first few steps of the installation fine, but when it came time to copy files over to the HD, I got a "Setup cannot copy the file: nvraid.sys" error. If I skipped over it, it had issues with copying all the files it needed for the nvidia driver. If I let it copy the rest of the files I got a blue screen of death. I tried this with the 6.53 drivers with no improvement.

I then decided to try to slipsteam the drivers.
I used nlite to do so with a custom WIndows XP PRO SP2 installation. I used the 6.83, 6.7, and 6.53 drivers. I also tried using nlite to make the iso and then burning it with Nero, or letting Nero compile the bootable CD. All of them had the same result. A successful install right up to the first reboot (after the graphical stage of the install) and it continuously reboots.

I then read that I needed to replace the text in Nvidia's txtsetup.oem with the following:

d1 = "NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI)",\disk1,\

scsi = nvraid

nvraid = "NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)"
nvatabus = "NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)"

driver = d1,nvraid.sys,nvraid
inf = d1,nvraid.inf
dll = d1,nvraidco.dll

driver = d1,nvatabus.sys,nvatabus
inf = d1, nvatabus.inf
dll = d1,idecoi.dll



id = "GenNvRaidDisk","nvraid"
id = "*_NVRAIDBUS","nvraid"

id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_008E", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0085", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00D5", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00EE", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E3", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00E5", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0035", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0036", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_003E", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0053", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0054", "nvatabus"
id = "PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0055", "nvatabus"

This also had no effect.

This seems like a tough one, so any help would be appreciated. I have already been through about 1o0 Custom Windows XP2 Setup disks!

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4 Solutions
Justin CollinsIT Support TechnicianCommented:
Is there an nvraid.sys file on the floppy?  Maybe the file got damaged.  Try redownloading the driver and making a new floppy disk with the Sata Drivers on it.
Justin CollinsIT Support TechnicianCommented:
Bad Floppy Drive maybe?
Wandering_Jesus_FreakAuthor Commented:
Sorry, it is not the floppy drive. ALso, I have used several disks. Also, as I have said in the original description, even slipstreaming the driver isn't working...
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Are there any other drivers you could try? It looks as if you have tried 3 bad nonworking versions. Are you trying to install the OS to the raptor or to the raid0? Also, your board has 2 different sata controllers, a silicon image and a nvidia one. Did you connect the drives to the controller you are trying to install the drivers for?
There are also newer Bioses available, so a bios upgrade may be usefull.
Wandering_Jesus_FreakAuthor Commented:
I tried all of the above answers. In the end, none of them was the final answer. For some reason, I could not install Windows XP with SP2. I had to install XP with no service pack in order for ANY of the drivers to work. I am not sure why, but at least it works!

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