Moving raid to new motherboard

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March 10, 2010 at 11:23:46
Specs: Windows XP

My old motherboard died and I am attempting to move all of my old hardware to the new board (Biostar board listed above). The old board was an Asus A8N5X which used Nvidia nforce 4 chipset, and the new board uses Nvidia nforce 430. After installing the new board, Windows does attempt to boot but quickly blue screens and then it reposts and starts over again. I do have the raid universally enabled in bios, and I see the raid listed type 0 stripe healthy with correct drive size before Windows tries to boot (as it did with my previous motherboard). I have tried using a Windows XP disk to repair the install using the nforce 430 sataraid drivers on a floppy (F6 method) but after installing the drivers, Windows installer tells me I have no hard drives installed and that I cannot continue.

This just doesn't seem to add up to me. What am I missing? Is this even a driver issue? Will I need to reformat and reinstall Windows? Will that even work if the installer is telling me I have no hard drives?


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March 10, 2010 at 11:38:23
Raid0? Bad choice for OS

It does not appear you have the right drivers for the sataraid. You get these off the mainboard cdrom?

You did the correct method. You just need windows install to see the drives.

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March 10, 2010 at 11:43:58
I got them off of Nvidia's website. They can be extracted from that file. I will check the cd the board came with next. Thanks.

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March 10, 2010 at 13:10:48
Might be more than just sata needed since you seem to have changed the motherboard. All parts in the new motherboard may need drivers added.

Boot to a live linux cd or barts (with drivers) to see if raid array is correctly attached. Some raid controllers are not real hardware and may be portable between raid controllers.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 10, 2010 at 14:23:55
XP's Setup has to be able to see the SATA drive controller(s) in order to be able to see the SATA hard drives. Setup cannot continue if it can't see the hard drives. Depending on which RAID type, Setup may see only one hard drive.

Your link in response 2 doesn't work because the url it leads to has a dot at the end of it.

Corrected link:

Why would you download that huge thing when you can download something small ?

The CD that came with the mboard probably has the correct SATA controller drivers.

On the Biostar USA site:



(Serial ATA AHCI drivers are also listed.)

NOTE that the same mboard model may optionally have a SATA RAID chipset, or a standard default SATA AHCI chipset (AHCI mode a.k.a. SATA mode; no RAID support).
If the mboard has the chipset that supports RAID, load the RAID drivers, even if you're not going to using a RAID array - they include support for non-RAID use as well, and usually drivers for a controller chipset that does NOT have RAID support DO NOT work for a chipset that DOES have RAID support, and visa versa.

You will probably have to boot from the XP CD and run a Repair installation of Windows because the mboard hardware is too different.

NOTE that your XP CD MUST have SP1 or later updates included on it in order for Setup to be able to recognize the full size of hard drives larger than 137gb manufacturer's size ( = 128gb binary size in the bios and in Windows ).
If it has SP2 or SP3 updates included on it, SP2 or SP3 is printed on the CD.
All the Microsoft original CDs I've seen that have SP1 updates included do NOT have SP1 printed on the CD, but you can search the web using the volume label - the label you see for the CD in My Computer or Windows Explorer for the CD - to determine whether it has SP1 updates included, or not.

If your CD does NOT have SP1or later updates included on it, if you have any hard drive larger than 137gb manufacturer's size, you MUST make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD, preferably a CD-R, that has the SP3 updates integrated into the original contents of your CD, and while you're doing that, you might as well integrate the SATA controller drivers you need for this mboard into it too (then you won't need to provide drivers while booting from the CD).
Then you use the "slipstreamed" CD to run the Repair installation of Windows, rather than your original CD, along with your original Product Key.

NOTE: I have found some older XP Home CD's without SP1 or SP2 updates (e.g. made in 2001 - see the date on the CD) DO NOT have the screen with Repair installation option !
In that case, you need to make yourself a "slipsteamed" CD - see above.

In order to run the Repair installation of Windows (or install Windows from scratch) ....
You will need the XP Product Key for the Windows installation that's on the drives, preferably the one that was used to install it, but it can be one for the same version as the one of your Windows installation, Home, or Pro, or Pro 64 bit.
In most cases you get the Product Key from the official Microsoft sticker on your computer case, or from the official Microsoft sticker that came with your Windows CD if it has not been stuck to the case.
Do you have that ?
If you don't there's no point in trying a Repair installation.

You will need to load all the drivers for the mboard after Setup is finished.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

If your Windows CD does not have SP1 or SP2 or SP3 updates included, and you updated Windows on the drives with SP2 or SP3 updates, you may have to install SP2 or SP3 updates again to get Windows working properly. SP1 or later is required for USB 2.0 and hard drives larger than 137gb (manufacturer's size; 128gb in Windows and most bioses).

You may also need to re-install some of your Windows Updates.

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March 10, 2010 at 14:41:13
Thanks for the replies!

I think the period at the end of the link was just me finishing the sentence. Either way, since I last posted, I already made the slipstreamed disk of XP sp2 and have obtained the correct drivers off of the disk supplied with the mb. I feel stupid for not thinking of that before.

All is well, the repair of the install is almost finished. Your help is much appreciated. I knew it was something simple I'd missed!

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March 10, 2010 at 14:54:09
That sounds good, but why didn't you integrate SP3 updates into the slipstreamed CD ??

A frequent reference of mine - includes info about why people have problems when they try to install SP3 updates...

See Response 6
starting at
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

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September 15, 2010 at 08:23:58
nomn khan

You would be better off - you may get more replies- if you started your own subject - click on Start a New Discussion at the bottom of this page.

It's never a good idea to have an email address in a post anywhere online. It can be found by the bad guys or by malware to your regret.

You can Edit any of your own posts on this site, except possibly the first one if you started the Topic and there is already at least one Response, by clicking on the notepad icon at the right end of the icons at the top of each of your posts.

You should remove your email addresses.

Include your symptoms of your problems in your own subject.

There may be nothing wrong with the 4122c mboard - you're just assuming it's no good.
- having no video on the built in display is a common symptom for laptops that have been used a lot - the video may be fine if you hook up a monitor to the VGA port.
- the laptop may not start up when connected to only an AC adapter - the main battery often needs to be installed as well, and must be able to be able to retain at least a minimal charge.

There are currently three complete working 4112c here:

If you could get a hold of them on their pages and have them ship it to you.

Advent 4211C Netbook support

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