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No HPA drive enabled - XP

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Hello, I have a built XP Machine..has a Gigabyte mother board with Adaptec Raid. Two drives each 160..the OS only see's one of them...so only 160G of memory available....is that a mirrored raid set up? can't remember off hand

I recently wiped the drives and reinstalled the RAID system and XP OS...
it went well...reinstalled all my programs...everything working well...for weeks

Mor recently I installed an audio program...
restarted the computer...noticed that my external sound card was not turned on...so i turned it on..

and the blue crash screen came on..
I wasn't worried because i had created a system restore point before installing the software...
but it went through the normal boot but got stuck on a black screen ....and windows did not start up

so I turned it off....and on start up I hit the F9 key to go into XPress Recovery
Thats when I got the message "No HPA drive enabled press any key to boot"
so I pressed any key and got a black screen

Thats it..thats as far as it will go.

I've gone into the BIOS and changed the Hard Disk Boot Priority to CDROM on First Boot Device...and popped in the Windows XP disc
to see if it would boot from that and i could restore the system to an earlier time....but nothing happens....same black screen
I went back to BIOS and did the same thing to the Second Boot device. It lists a Third Boot Device as well by the way.
I've changed them all to boot from CDR but I still get the same black screen.

I unplugged the card that goes between the two hard drives and the motherboard and put it into an open slot. That did nothing.

so I really don't know what to do..
if anyone can help me with this..I would surely appreciate it
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It sounds like a issue with your hard drive or hard drive settings in the bios.

I found a link that might help you determine what is happening
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