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XP Pro and Adaptec 1200A RAID


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marccouture

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Hi,

I'm having problems making the following combo work as a RAID 0 on my rig:

- 2x WDC 1200A 120GB hard disk drives
- Adaptec 1200A RAID controller

I can create the array in the card's BIOS. Booting with the XP CD, driver installation via F6, partitioning and file copying all work smoothly. The problem occurs at first reboot: I get a STOP error blue screen, with no way to continue with the setup.

The RAID card has the latest BIOS version installed, and I'm also using the latest driver revision from Adaptec's web site. Apart from my video adapter (a GeForce 6600GT from XFX) and onboard stuff, I have no other peripherals installed.

Any ideas to resolve this would be MUCH appreciated...

Thanks you!

Regards,

Marc Couture
marccouture@hotmail.com
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marccouture

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Ok, I think I found my answer on Adaptec's web site:


"The problem comes from Windows XP SP1 and is not an Adaptec problem. When you install Windows XP with the Adaptec drivers for the 1200A RAID controller, the drivers are properly used, but at reboot, Windows XP tries to install the High Point driver which should be embedded but it is not present.

Workaround:
When the "STOP 0x0000007B" error occurs during installation, shutdown the system, move the RAID controller to a different PCI slot and reboot.

Windows XP will then re-initialize the RAID controller and use the Adaptec driver which was installed before."


I will try this and report back, if anyone else is interested. ;-)
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It worked... [bleep] Micro$oft and their weird bugs...
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Very very good catch. Thanks for posting the solution. I've encountered similar issues on some ABIT and SOYO boards with XP trying to overwrite the manufacturers Highpoint drivers. Worst board I have ever encountered re: setup was ABIT KG7Raid with a conflict between IDE drivers and RAID drivers. Once done they were great boards but an installation required having one or the other cabled but not both at the same time - took some real creativity and a lot of patience.

Again - great catch on your part.

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