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    any RAID gurus out there?

    im having trouble booting from my Promise FastTrack100. Im running P2 350 with 256MB SDRAM on a soyo SY-6VCA and using 2 Maxtor 20GB 7200rpm ATA/66 HDDs. I changed the boot sequence to boot from SCSI (the drives are not SCSI the card is just recognized by the motherboard as a SCSI controller). There are no IRQ conflicts and i removed all HDD's from CMOS. Ive tried the card in all the slots and i still get the same thing. it freezes when it says "verifying DMI pool data". ive got the most recent BIOS updates from Promise and Soyo. any help would be greatly appreciated

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    Have you formatted the drives?

    If not you need to boot from a boot disk (remember to change boot to A: in BIOS) and partition and format the RAID.

    Also installing an OS on it would be a good idea too.

    If you have already formatted the RAID then we shall continue this.

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    yes i already partitioned and formatted and started to install windows onto the disks. when it went through the third reboot where it doesnt boot from the boot disk it froze up. when i change the boot sequence to boot from the floppy it will boot fine and if i throw my old HDD back into the primary IDE on the mobo it boots fine from there. for some reason it will not look to the RAID controller for boot information. its like it cant find it. it freezes at the "verifying DMI pool data" step which is the step right before it loads your OS. ive spent 2 weeks on this. ive even written to Soyo and Promise but they havent replied yet. im starting to consider just giving up and selling the card cause its been nothing but a headache.

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    do you have another computer where you can check the setup on? i would recommend that just to rule out any motherboard problems

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    well im going to have to throw one together with spare parts to try.

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    OK, here is a question...Are you installing Windows2000 or 98/ME? Windows2000 requires you to press F7 (I think that is the key) if you have a HD controller that needs drivers installed. This will let you install the drivers for the controller.

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