Cannot install vista on RAID 5 array

I am having trouble installing vista. I set up three HD's as a RAID 5 array using the Intel ICH9R chipset utility. If I have the Bios Set to use SATA as RAID, it shows up in the installer as the proper volumes,  but it won't let me install it. It says "windows cannot find a device that meets its specifications"

What do I do?
dglyhAsked:
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Does the mobo have a driver utility to make an installer for Windows?

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dglyhAuthor Commented:
Its an ASUS P5k-E, i don't know about that, I tried loading the drivers, I did an emulated floppy to make the driver bootdisk and copied it to a usb drive, loaded the driver in vista install and it still wouldn't allow. Formatting or create new partition doesn't help either.

I have the RAID splitting 3 160 GB drives into an 80 and a 240.

I cannot install on either
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GeyybeccaCommented:
You would need the raid drivers and specify them during initial set-up by hitting F6
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dglyhAuthor Commented:
initial set up of vista?

How do I choose them?
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
The RAID array will not be understood by the Vista installer, thus you need to provide a piece of software to provide understanding.  The software is most-likely on your mobo's CD/DVD-ROM or can be obtained from the manufacturer's web-site.  The software will either create a floppy, or a package that can be placed on a USB thumb-drive.  During the Vista installer, there is an option to select the destination HDD.  If no HDD or volume is found, then you can load software and re-try that portion of sdetup.

That is what you need to do.
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dglyhAuthor Commented:
i tried that and I selected the driver that was provided by the diskmaker utility but it still would not take
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
How did you provide the driver?
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dglyhAuthor Commented:
I made a virtual floppy drive and I used the make disk utility then I copied all to the root of a USB drive and I selected the driver that showed UP (ICH9R) RAID in the Vista install when I did load driver
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Have tried just copying the driver to a USB thumb-drive?
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dglyhAuthor Commented:
its in a cat file
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
cab file?

Then the contents must be extracted to a non-compressed directory.
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dglyhAuthor Commented:
after the third restart after I selected the driver, it accepted the install? Does the installer have a driver memory?
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Doubtful, the installer copies many of the files it needs to RAM, then to a pagefile.  It could be the driver file was kept on that pagefile, which is not cleared on reboot.  
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