I recently built myself a system, and it works like a dream. I'm not exactly new at this. So, somebody online asked me for assistance with their build, and I suggested one very similar to mine, due to their needs.
They've got it all tied together now, and we're having a problem with Windows throwing a STOP error during setup. 0x0000007B - which is inaccesable boot device.
Let me pause and provide the important specs of this build that relate to the issue. If you have questions about other components, please ask.
ASUS P5GD2 Deluxe
Maxtor MaxLine III 7L250S0 SATA-150
*Note -- when I did this build myself, I used Western Digital SATA Raptors. This user had additional storage needs and did not have a need for the 10k RPM drives, so I suggested the standard WD SATA drives. "Someone" told him to get Maxtor instead because WD was no good. This is only relevant to the story because that is the only variable that sets this box apart from my own system that IS in fact functional.
The scenario is thus...
BIOS detects the drives. Happy happy.
RAID controller detects the drives and allowed him to configure a RAID0 setup. So we know the RAID controller and the drives talk OK.
Boot from Windows XP Pro CD.
Run Setup and press F6 to indicate that he has additional drivers to present.
Present the SI3114r drivers to setup. Pick WinXP/2003 from the list of two drivers present.
Let setup continue to run until it says "Press ENTER to begin setup".
Blue Screen STOP error that was already referenced occurs. (0x0000007B). This also occurs if you don't load the drivers for the RAID controller, but of course that's to be expected.
I'm sorta stumped. I made sure he's using the right RAID drivers (the exact same ones work on my system, with the same motherboard and its onboard RAID controller. We've tried several other things (such as connecting these drives to the standard SATA connectors on this board and trying to bypass the RAID controller, but I can't find any drivers for the other SATA controller on this board (are there any?)
To explain what I mean -- if you see a diagram of this board, you have 8 SATA ports:
5 , 6 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 7 , 8
1 - 4 are designated SATA_RAID and are controlled by the Sillicon Image RAID controller. 5 - 8 appear to be on their own controller.
Am I making sense? Does anyone have a clue what else we can try? This is especially frustrating since I cannot put my hands on this machine.
Please let me know if I can clarify anything.