I'm setting up a new Quad Core Intel Based PC. I installed the O.S. from an SATA DVD-ROM onto an SATA Hard drive. The installation went quickly and flawlessly. I wanted to get the RAID to work and switched a setting in the BIOS as recommended from this site, ABIT and many other places on the internet... when I went to boot up I got a failure after the inital bootup screen. I tried to reinstall with the disk, but I got the infamous REBOOT at the "Setup is inspecting your hardware..." Now the darn thing is in a reboot loop.
I've changed every known setting in the BIOS, swapped out drives, used IDE CD-ROMs and I'm very stuck. I've got to deliver this computer today.
These mobos have come a long way and since the introduction of the SATA drives, I've had nothing but an Alice in Wonderland experiences trying to get things to work.
Question 1: What does AHCI, RAID and IDE have to do with the fact that my system keeps rebooting on the initial DOS setup screen for windows xp?
Question 2: (more importantly) How the hell do you setup a system from scratch with RAID? I've read conflicting information and nothing jives. I have 2 SATA Hard drives, an SATA CD-ROM drive and a killer new Abit AB9 QuadGT mobo with matching Quad Core processor. Please, step by step... I'm a car mechanic and understand step-by-step.
Thank you kindly in advance.