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installing windows xp sp3 to raid-1 on ICH10R bsod

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I just built a new system, every part brand new, and I'm having trouble installing xp.  It's an intel G45 board with the ICH10R southbridge.  The board is a Foxconn G45M-S.  I have two WD hard drives set up in a raid-1 mirror (ports sata1 and sata2), I set it up in Intel matrix storage manager, and in the bios I have the hard drives set to raid mode (out of IDE and AHCI and raid options).  Booting to a windows xp sp3 cd enters setup fine but as soon as setup is finished loading drivers I get a blue screen (0x0000007B) instead of the partition setup screen.  This is after hitting f6 and using a cd with the ich10r drivers integrated, both the Intel and Foxconn offerings.  I don't quite know what to do from here.  Everything works fine if i do not use raid and instead change the hard drives to IDE mode.  Anybody have any ideas?
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This isn't a solution, but it may be a relevant personal experience. I just went through a similar installation hell getting Vista Ultimate 64-bit onto a RAID boot disk on an ABIT AB9 QuadGT motherboard, which uses the Intel ICH8R southbridge, a precursor to ICH10R.

The bottom line for me still isn't 100% clear, but the basic idea seems to be that the motherboard's BIOS contains some ICH support code, and in my case that code was well behind the Intel development curve. Installation only worked properly when I went back to Windows drivers from the same era as the motherboard firmware. (I also switched my RAID drives to high-numbered SATA ports as described here, but that's apparently a Vista-only issue.)
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aligigi earned 250 total points
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I had the exact same symptoms with an ICH10R on a 2003 server.
I integrated the drivers with nlite and bsod. The solution for me was to download the drivers frojm:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProductID=2101&DwnldID=17413&strOSs=44&OSFullName=Windows*%20XP%20Professional&lang=eng
I put the driver on a floppy and installed it the old fashion way (press F6)
and it worked.
I used nlite to integrate drivers lots of times before, but this driver just didn't work, so I got the floppy
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ok I will borrow a floppy from work and try it the old fashioned way, then update here.  Thanks for the help
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OK I have gotten further but I have also run into another problem.  the newest intel matrix storage driver (that aligigi supplied the link for) worked after I integrated it into the cd.  This is, even though I had tried foxconn's ich10r raid driver and apparently a different version of intel's.  Windows setup now recognizes the array and I can create a partition for setup to install on, but after it copies its files and reboots, setup freezes on the 35 minute mark at the "installing devices" stage.  It is fully reproducible.  This is giving me a big headache.
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I have figured out my freezing at 35 minutes problem.  I did this through checking the setup log in the console after rebooting in the middle of setup.  After looking at my original question I can say that aligigi answered it and helped me get to the next stage of this problem.  closed
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What did the problem turn out to be, sailmarc?
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I figured it out but did not solve it.  I think I need to open a new question because it certainly deviates from the original question.

when the setup froze at 35 minutes i took the cd out and rebooted.  the system restarted setup and prompted for a cd. at this point i opened up the console and nav'd to c:\windows and opened up setupapi.log.  In this log I found out I could see which devices were causing the conflicts.  It turns out that machine.inf, which I believe is the default pci bus driver, among other things, was hanging it.  the log says that this driver is incompatible with the hardware.  the same thing is happening for cpu.inf.  I wish I knew what to do, I feel like xp's default drivers are too old and the g45-ich10r chipset is too new?  any ideas are welcome...
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Also, I deleted machine.inf and cpu.inf from the systemroot/inf directory and installation completed all the way.  Entered cd key, set machine name, etc.  But on first boot, the system reboots immediately as the windows logo loading screen appears.  loops from then on.  Either the hardware is bad, which I haven't had any other indication of this, or i need to somehow get compatible versions of machine and cpu.inf drivers into the windows cd.
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Yikes, that's a weird one. I have not heard of an installation incompatibility stemming from the PCI interface before.

You might try slipstreaming in all the XP drivers supplied by Foxconn if you think it's a true hardware incompatibility (with nLite).
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or, I might try upgrading the motherboard bios to f07 from f05, which the release notes are "Fixed pci vga card can't enter OS issue."  If this works....
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it worked :]
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Argh, how frustrating... :-) Thanks for the update!
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