Slipstreaming AMD RAID_Xpert x64 Drivers into Server 2008 x64

Hello all,

I am having issues getting Windows Server 2008 x64 installed on my new AMD PC, which uses an Asus M4a785-M motherboard. When I performed an installation of Windows XP Pro 32-bit, I used nLite to integrate the RAID drivers that came on the driver CD for my motherboard. The files included were:
ahcix86.cat
ahcix86.inf
ahcix86.sys

However, during the Windows XP installation, my RAID disks could not be detected. After a lot of effort, I found out that I could download the RAID_Xpert drivers from here:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?driver=Integrated/xp32-chipset

Which were 3 files similar to the above, but named RaidXpert.cat, RaidXpert.inf, and RaidXpert.sys, respectively.

So, with my Server 2008 x64 image, I used vLite (similar to nLite) to slipstream the ahcix64 drivers from my driver CD to see if Server 2008 could install and detect my RAID disks, no go. So, I thought I'd do the same thing I did before: find the RAID_Xpert drivers. Sadly, the equivalent driver page for vista doesn't provide the OEM drivers for RAID_Xpert, as was the case with the XP drivers. The link below should show that:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?driver=Integrated/vista32-chipset

So, I went as far as to extract the contents of the .MSI files for RAID_Xpert from AMD/ATI's site, no luck. I can't seem to find anything along these lines that will allow me to create a Windows Server 2008 x64 bootable DVD that can detect my RAID disks on this motherboard.  Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!
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dogbertiusAuthor Commented:
Well, got the installation going so far, but it requires that I use a USB flashdrive with the drivers on it (ahci64.sys, etc). Strange that vLite integrated them and they are not detected automatically during setup.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
To fix the VLite problem, you would need to edit the INF file and change the locations to match the media.  It would be easiest to simply leave out a drive letter (i.e. \RaidXpert\<filename>.
On a different note; even MS recommends you install the O/S on a non-raid, simple drive, so you can fix it later, if you need to without losing your data.
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