ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe SATA Drive Problem

Hi, I have a 2 additional WD SATA drives that are plugged into SATA 2, 3 respectively. However, they will not boot up with the primary SATA drive in SATA1.
The system goes into a loop and does not end the loop, until you disconnect the second and third SATA drives. The drives will not boot even plugged in externally.

They are all recognized by the BIOS without any problem.


AMD 64 FX-60 Dual Core
Moboard ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
2 Gigabyte OCZ DDR2 / 800
2 - Asus 7900 GTX 512MB
74 Gigbyte WD Raptor Hard drive
2- 250 Gigabyte WD Hard drive
SB X-Fi Xtreme Music
Plextor 716A DVD Burner
Plextor 760A Dual Layer DVD Burner
Thermaltake 700 Watt Power Supply
Windowx XP SP3
Case: Antek NSK4400
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Are you trying to boot from the WD drives?

Or are you trying to boot from the Raptor and you feel the other drives are stopping that from happening?

What is your Boot Sequence set for in BIOS?

Are the 2 WD drives in a RAID configuration or are you just using them for storage?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Default the BIOS settings first so no RAID would be enabled there. Boot into BIOS and see what exact configurations you do have set there for drives. Are they set for RAID mode? If yes then disable RAID and use SATA mode.
looks like a bad disk to me..can you test each on another system?
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You have to enter Bios ---> Boot Device Priority and make sure the right one is in the first place.
rtc79Author Commented:
Hi Davidlevans13, I am trying to boot from the Raptor hard drive. The 250 GB drives are strictly for storage. The BIOS settings for Boot Priority is the Raptor is first boot device; second is the Floppy; third the DVD.
rtc79Author Commented:
Hi nobus, I have swapped drives, and they work fine on my other computer and vice versus.
There are DEFINITELY bugs with the disk controller of this motherboard.  I know this from first-hand experience with this exact same motherboard.  

If you do some google searching, you're going to find others who have several related problems.  A whole bunch of people seemed ok with their XP system until they put on Service Pack 3, but that's not the only issue.

If you try connecting both an IDE and your primary SATA hard disk I believe you will find THAT does NOT work either!!   Apparantly having a USB flash drive inserted can also throw it for a loop.

Another is, you may find if you examine your System Event Log that every once in a while there are clusters of error 51 source disk yellow entries.  Another is you may get BSOD stop 0x000000A5 with a message BIOS is not fully ACPI compliant, or a BSOD DRIVER_IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and Stop 0x000000D1 mvata.sys Address B7F055FB or thereabouts.

The consensus seems to be that there REMAINS a bug between the BIOS and the disk controller DRIVERS for which there is still NO "proper" solution I'm afraid.  The workaround is apparantly some combination of things.  Some people report that the "Beta" version of the BIOS remedied their problem but others report NOT.  Others report that they need to UNINSTALL the disk controller drivers, in the BIOS make sure the disk controller is in IDE Compatibility mode, and then have Windows use the "generic" IDE controller drivers.  Does that mean your disk controller is working less fast than it theoretically should?  Probably, but at least then it works reliably.

Read here, pay particular note to posts by The Danish

There are a bunch of other examples if you google search on your problem
what bios version do you have?  best upgrade to   Version 1303 ; see why on the site page : Deluxe&SLanguage=en-us

rtc79Author Commented:
Hello nobus, I have version 1405 at present.
rtc79Author Commented:
Hi ocanada techguy, I have changed the boot drive from the Raptor to a the SATA 500GB. Now its the only drive that XP will recognize. The BIOS see the other drives, but when I try to boot with the other drives attached XP goes back into its loop. I have let XP boot up and attached the drive after getting into XP and they are not seen by XP. Any other suggestions?

I looked at all the links that you sent.
rtc79Author Commented:
One other note: With the NVATA IDE Driver installed all the SATA drives will run once in XP. But then you get that infamous BSOD IRQ_NOT_EQUAL and the culprit is NVATA.SYS.
In the first link, The Dutch had most relevant posts, but also notice there were instructions from ASUS and NVIDIA tech support, where they explain how to uninstall the NVIDIA disk controller driver WITHOUT uninstalling the rest of the NVIDIA chipset and graphics drivers.  Then on reboot you go into BIOS and set the SATA not to RAID mode but to IDE compatibility mode, and then booting XP it should detect drivers default to use the "Standard Dual channel IDE controller" and not the NVIDIA nForce under IDE/ATA controller drivers in device manager.   That should solve the BSODs with nvata.sys
rtc79Author Commented:
Hi All, I have resolved the problem by using the link from nobus to know how to remove the nvidia IDE driver. And the links from ocanda techguy to see why and what was happening. After removing the nvidia driver, and double checked the BIOS settings. I booted up without the additional SATA drives. Once in Windows, I connected them and use Add Hardware it located both drives and now the entire system boots without any problem.

Thanks to everyone for their help resolving this issue.
may i ask for some points then, since you post that my post helped?
to do so - you can reopen the question (ask the mods by using request attention) and distribute points as you wish !

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Excuse me?  Now I don't get any points??  What the hey!!!  nobus you points hoarder! LOL j/k
As Steven Colbert would say ">I< nailed it!"
ocanada, sorry for that - i really did not want to claim ALL the points !
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