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SATA Raid 1 Driver w/ fresh install of XP problems

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setting up raid 1 with 2 hardrives. zipped raid drivers from mobo cd SB600. during XP pro SP2 setup, hit F6 to download RAID driver but getting 'File X64ahcix64.sys could not be loaded The error code is 4'. No matter how many times i reinstalled on floppy disk, i get the same error. When i tried the file X86, it works until XP install later says it cannot find the file for x86 on the floppy disk.
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Model Name : Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3(rev. 1.0)
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M/B Rev : 1.0
BIOS Ver : F4
Serial No. : 081440*****
Purchase Dealer : newegg
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VGA Brand : Nvidia      Model : 880gs
CPU Brand : AMD      Model : ADX6400CZWOF       Speed : 3.2mhz
Operation System : Win XP 64-bit      SP : 2
Memory Brand : Kinston      Type : KVR800D2N5K2/4G R
RAM Memory Size : 8 GB     Speed : DDR2-800
Power Supply : 500 W

2x500g st 7k 32m sata2 ST3500320 as hardrives
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by:dshroutait
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your link points to a vista.exe file, is this applicable in setting-up an AHCI Radi 1 with XP Pro SP2?  If so, do i use this during the F6 stage?

thanks!
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by:dshroutait
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I apologize,

you should use these http://america.giga-byte.com/FileList/Driver/motherboard_driver_sata_amd_bootdisk_m7x.exe

and yes after you extract those files put them on a floppy disk and hit F6 during the install process
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by:srinister
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no problem.

this was the file i previously downloaded but hoped doing it again might bring a stroke of luck.  unfortunately, the same problem was presented.

something i noticed previously was when i tried the file X86, it works and allows XP install to continue, but later asks for the file again, but this time it cannot find it.  when i ignored the file, the blue screen of death comes when the installer reboots.

after reviewing my hardware, can you tell me if setting-up RAID 1 is possible on this box with XP?

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Yes it is possible, so after you load the drivers in the XP setup, the installation can see the hard drive?
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Also, is it asking for the file again during the XP setup? While its installing hardware devices?
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--when i click x86 file, it proceeds to the partion option.  
--I partioned 100gb off the 500gb drive--no problem.
--it then proceeds to format options (quick or full)--no problem.

--Once the format is completed, it says that it cannot the .IFI of the x86 file.

if i ignore the .INI file the installation continues but when it reboots, the blue screen appears.  at which point i have to enter the BIOS to remove the RAID array and re-define them as RAID 1 to get back to square one.
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Does it ask you to insert a disk for the drivers its missing?
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it does not ask, just says it is unable to locate it even when i leave the floppy disk, which was used earlier, left inserted.

i posted this problem with gigabyte and waiting for their suggestion, and will add to this thread when they do.  but in the meantime, i have been searching the net for solutions.  like most complex problems, the answer lies in the basics; there must be something very straightforward i am overlooking--perhaps in the BIOS?
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Srinister,

http://4directcomputer.com/driver.zip

Try THOSE drivers, those should work for you hopefully. Throw them on a Floppy disk and see what you get.
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by:srinister
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I tried this download and received the same error with x64, and now, with x86 as well.  i am starting to believe gigabyte may hold some secret solution.  if and when they respond, i will still post it on this thread and give you the pts for your hard work.

thanks!
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by:dshroutait
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Instead of using AHCI have you tried just using RAID for the SATA controller in BIOS?
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i tried setting the SATA controller in the bios to AHCI and then to RAID but same results.

correction to what i posted earlier: when i choose the x86 file after F6, it proceeds to the format screen and once finished formating, it says it cannot COPY the ***x86.INF

still no response from Gigabyte support center.
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dshroutait earned 500 total points
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Frustrating LOL.

The only other thing I can tell you to do is Slipstream the drivers into a XP install disk using NLite. Its a crappy work around but it should take care of your issue.
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at this point, why not give the slipstream a try. :-)  i will have to do it later when i have some more time to work on this solution.  if you think of anything else later, please post it here.

once i find a solution, i will post it on this thread to help others who find themselves with a similar situation.
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thanks for trying!
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