Windows 7 RC1 and nForce3 SATA RAID

Hello all,

I have a DFI Lanparty UT nF3-250Gb motherboard, and currently have a RAID 0 array across two 320GB SATA drives.  I can install Windows XP with no problems by loading RAID drivers at the beginning of setup, and I have even been able to install Vista and the Windows 7 beta by just doing an upgrade of the XP installation.  Since there are no Vista-compatible drivers for nForce3, I can't do a clean install of anything newer than XP, but Vista and 7beta have ran well for months at a to the problem.

I just did a clean XP installation, and tried updating to the Windows 7 RC1, but every time I try it I encounter a stop error when it reboots to continue the setup process.  Here are the error codes I get:

0x0000007B (0x80786B58, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

My understanding is (or was) that anything that ran Vista should be able to run 7 - and since I ran the beta with no problems, I am really unsure as to why the release candidate will not load...have there been significant changes between build 7000 and 7100 that would cause this?

Any suggestions would be very, very appreciated! Thanks!
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You can upgrade from Vista

"Can I upgrade directly from Windows Vista to the RC?
Yes. If you're running Windows Vista, you can install Window 7 RC without having to back up and reinstall your programs and data. But to be on the safe side, please do back up your data before you start.
I agree with you that if it worked in the beta the RC should only work better.  For that reason I suggest you re-download and re-burn the DVD.
I would do a low level format on both disks and try it again. I have had similar issues in the past and this fixed it.
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aesdttAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks guys - I'll try those suggestions and report back...if anyone has anything else to suggest though, please do and I'll give it a shot too!
It doesn't look like there is an upgrade path from XP.

"Can I upgrade directly from Windows XP to the RC?
If you are running Windows XP, you'll need to back up your data (preferably on an external device) and then do a clean installation of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. After installing Windows 7, you will need to reinstall applications and restore your files. If you need help with the installation process, please see the Installation Instructions. "
aesdttAuthor Commented:
OK, upgraded from XP -> Vista, then Vista -> 7RC1, and I am in business...thanks!
Thank you much.   : )

You could also try the XP drivers.  People have been having decent luck using various XP drivers on W7.
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