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I have an ASUS A8V Deluxe MB wihich I want to connect an EIDE drive for the OS and Programs and a SATA drive for storage and backup. After loading Windows XP Home, I note there are ? marks next to several of the controllers for which the drivers are on my MB CD. What happens if I disable the SCSI controller? Does it do anything for me with the drive setup I described?
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Windows sometimes mark RAID/SATA controllers as SCSI Controllers when it doesn't have any drivers for them. You probably don't have any SCSI controllers in your computer and the device in question is probably your onboard SATA.

Install all the drivers from the motherboard CD and see how many of the question marks disappear, hopefully all of them.
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I can't remember for sure, but I think the SCSI controller is actually one of the SATA controllers. There are two SATA controllers on the A8V mobo. The Promise controller does all the cool RAID stuff for either SATA or PATA drives. The VIA VT8237 RAID controller just does SATA RAID. I would run through all the installiation programs that came with the mobo disk to install all the drivers. I am actually using this board at home, so I could check it out when I get there. But I do recall disabling the Promise controller in CMOS since I wasn't using it. (It made it boot a little faster.)

But what devices have the ?'s next to them? And have you tried installing the drivers form the CD?
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