For a new XP installation, I set up RAID-1 (2 – WD 800JD/80GB) employing the built-in controller on a recently installed BioStar P4M80-M4 motherboard. I also have 4 IDE hard drives connected via the two channels provided on the motherboard. This configuration works fine, with the exception of having to ‘F9’ at startup to manually select the ‘Bootable Add-In Cards’ at the boot menu; if the IDE drives are not attached the system boots automatically. (The necessity of having press F9 every time is not the main problem, but I would be glad to know a way around it.)
When I connect an optical disk (or any hard drives) to the Ultra 100TX2, the startup sequence appears normal until it hangs up following “Verifying DMI Pool Data” and goes no farther. I assume that this is due to a conflict between the onboard SATA Controller and the Ultra, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to resolve it.