Solved weird message

August 22, 2011 at 18:10:17
Specs: Windows XP
How do I...I needed an extra sata socket and was advised to install a sata/IDE controller card. I bought one from Newegg and installed it. The card I installed is as follows: "SYBA SD-PEX-JM1A2E PCI Express SATA / IDE RAID Controller Card". Well, I DID get the 2 extra SATA sockets I was looking for, BUT, I now get the following message at boot up: "If you want to install Linux default partition RAID driver please do not use OPROM creation operation!" The message is written in YELLOW no less. It then prompts me to hit F1 to continue, or F2 to enter the configuration utility. I hit F1 and the computer goes to Windows and seems to open normally, albeit perhaps a bit more slowly.
I'm running Windows XP SP2, through a pentium 4 processor in a Dell Dimension 4700. My RAM is a little light at 1.5 GB, but that's never been a problem.
Anyone got an idea what this is all about, or if there is some sort of incepient problem? Is there any action I should take?
The only problem thus far is the inconvenience of having to hit F1 every time I boot up; that and not knowing whats going on.

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August 22, 2011 at 19:29:55
The messages are probably generated by the Syba card's "bios".
That "bios" loads before anything else.

You can ignore the yellow message if it doesn't apply.

It sounds like you press F2 to set up a RAID array.
Cards with RAID capability always pop up a line like that while booting, if drives are connected to the card.

Setting up a RAID array is always optional.

If you DO want to set up a RAID array,
- RAID arrays usually require at least two hard drives connected to the same drive controller that supports RAID.
- if you want to install an operting system on the RAID array, you MUST set up the RAID array BEFORE installing the operating system.
- if you want to have data stored on the RAID array but don't want to install an operating system on it, you MUST set up the RAID array BEFORE you store your data on it.

Press F1 to continue if you're not interested in doing that.

Sometimes it just continues anyway (times out) after a set time has gone by, say, 5 seconds, if you don't press anything.

Can you get rid of the messages ? - probably NO, unless you disconnect the drives from the card, or possibly if you have only one drive connected to it.

"I'm running Windows XP SP2.."

You should install SP3 updates. You can't get the later Security and Critical Windows updates or install some of the Microsoft programs unless they're loaded.
If you've heard of or read about horror stories when people tried to install them, there ARE things you should do BEFORE you install them that willl eliminate the problems caused by installing them in almost all cases. They can be un-installed in any case.

Automatic Update doesn't install SP3 updates.
If you go to the Microioft web site and to the Windows Update page and do an Express search, the SP3 updates, only, will be listed, if enough other Security and Critical updates have already been installed.

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August 23, 2011 at 16:53:51
Thankyou for the info and was certainly a whole lot more than anyone else has been able to offer.
I removed the card last night to see what would happen and to be certain that the source of the message was indeed the card. I believe it was as the computer on the next boot up, booted normally.
I DO however want to use the card as I do need additional SATA sockets.
While the card was installed, the message did not "time out", and instead required me to choose between F1 and F2.
I had only one drive connected to the card and that was just an HP dvd reader/writer. In the future it is possible that I might connect another harddrive to it, but not at this time. Currently, both my internal harddrives are connected directly to the motherboard via it's SATA sockets.
Is there any advantage to setting up a RAID array for this card? Is it possible or advisable to do so in that there is only the dvd drive connected to it.
If I did set up a RAID array for this card, (or for the drives connected to this card???), how would I do it?
Thanking you for your interest, time and expertise, (you seem to be the only person who's ever heard of this before), I am gratefully yours, walkinman86.

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August 23, 2011 at 19:02:26
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I used to own an Asus mboard that had both the built into the main chipset EIDE hard drive controller and another EIDE drive controller that supporteed RAID (four IDE headers)..

I've used two EIDE drive controller PCI cards that supported RAID (2 IDE headers) .

I presently have a combo SATA / EIDE drive controller PCI-E X1 card that supports RAID. (I got it so I could have more than two EIDE drives connected to a recent mboard that has only 1 EIDE header.)

For all of them, their "bios" loads loads first while booting.

If there is a drive connected to the card or onboard controller that supports RAID, for all of them, the line appears about pressing a key to set up a RAID array and that times out after about 5 seconds.

I've never set up a RAID array because I've never had at least two hard drives to connect to make one, and I'm not interested in them.

There may be some info about RAID arrays that came with your card.
If not, there's lots of info about them on the web.

You can only make RAID arrays with hard drives.
Usually there must be two or more physical hard drives in the array, preferably identical but the same size and max speed will do.

RAID 0 has the number 0 because it has no redundancy - if one drive in the array fails you lose access to the data on all the drives - it's only advantage is it gives you the illusion that the max data transfer rate with two drives in an array is twice as fast as with one drive

There is NO advantage to using a SATA optical (CD or DVD) drive in comparison to an EIDE optical drive, other than convenience (if you wouldn't have enough IDE headers available otherwise, you can connect it to a spare SATA data header). When the drive has the same specs otherwise, the max burst data transfer speed of an optical drive is 66 mbytes/sec because there's a limit to how fast you can spin a disk without it flying apart, and a limit to how densely data can be on one circular track of data on the disk.

The max EIDE hard drive burst data transfer speed is 133 mbytes/sec.
The max SATA (the original SATA) hard drive burst data transfer speed is 150 mbytes/sec.
The max SATA II (most drives these days) hard drive burst data transfer speed is 300
The max SATA III (or SATA 3.0 ; some drives these days) hard drive burst data transfer speed is (more) mbytes/sec.but there aren't many cards that support that yet, and only recent mboards support that. .

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