cant load RAID driver on XP...

April 25, 2012 at 23:02:14
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all my set up is as follows..


Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~3105 Mhz

BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F2, 11/11/2002

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name MISC-AE89901937
System Manufacturer GBT___
System Model AWRDACPI
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~3105 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F2, 11/11/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name MISC-AE89901937\Owner
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 34.28 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.93 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys


NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X (Microsoft Corporation)
Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV/E Processor to AGP Controller - 2561

GA 8PE667 Ultra 2 / pro motherboard.
intel 82540em ethernet controller.
promise 20276 raid controller chip.
2 seagate st380021a barracuda ATA IV (80 Gig)


My preference would be performance, not necessarily data safety..

The questions I have are as follows..


I have read the promise 20276 RAID controller manual and GA 8PE667 Ultra 2 mobo manual and have sucessfully created a RAiD 0 array across the pair. The problem I am having is that when I try to reinstall XP os, I press F6 to specify device and load the driver for the controller which I got from Giabyte website and, MBFASTTRACK133 LITE and SETUP comes back with the error "file\winxp\fasttrak.sys caused an unexpected error (18) at line 2113 in D:\xpsprtm\base\boot\setup\oemdisk.c"

At the moment I am stuck with this?? There are two promise drivers listed in the download, one is ATA 133 drivers and the other RAID. In the Raid folders there are two xp drivers, one under the windows xp folder and one under WHQL 2KXP folder, where it "new driver". I have tried both but get the same result.

having spent a considerable time researching this error on the net it seems it is quite common?

Could anybody please offer me some help in finding a solution. Mostly I read "make sure you get the right driver and then press F6"..

promise website doesn't seem to list the driver and states that it doesn't offer support for on board promise raid controllers, refer to mobo manufacturer...

Gigabyte is where I downloaded the drivers from so that's not really helping..

** I have the jumpers on the drives both set to master.. as per the manual..(using fastbuild to set up array I am only offered "performance" i.e. striped.. "security" i.e. mirrored is not available? Thought this might be worth noting although I am not sure if it would create a problem loading the driver???

cheers :-)


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#1
April 25, 2012 at 23:34:44
"I have the jumpers on the drives both set to master"

They should be set to cable select or master slave if they are on the same IDE cable.


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#2
April 26, 2012 at 03:17:29
Create a Custom Install CD with nLite:

http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#3
April 26, 2012 at 08:25:10
You don't get any real performance gain with raid 0 but you do get that if one drive crashes you lost everything.

Not a good tradeoff. FYI

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


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#4
April 26, 2012 at 09:23:07
You said you successfully created the RAID 0 array & installed XP, why are you reinstalling? If you got it to work once, what are you doing differently this time?

And just an observation - you have too little RAM. Any minor gains you may get out of RAID 0 are being negated by having only 512MB RAM.


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#5
April 26, 2012 at 10:05:02
Along the lines of what wanderer and riider said....

RAID 0 has the number 0 because it isn't true RAID - it has no redundancy. You get a perceived faster initial access to the drives in the array, but that doesn't make much of a difference overall, and if any drive in the same array fails, or if the data on one drive becomes seriously corrupted for whatever reason, you cannot recover your data.
.....

I'm assuming you have the two drives connected by themselves to the IDE3 and IDE4 headers, nearest the Promise controller chip.
The IDE1 and IDE2 headers nearest the ram slots are for the Intel 845 main chipset drive controller - it does not support RAID use / arrays.

Promise RAID manual
http://download.gigabyte.us/FileLis...

If you DID NOT make a NEW RAID array, the previous XP installation is still there.

Page 22

Installing Driver in Existing Windows 2000/XP System

"In the A: drive, insert the RAID Function driver diskette.
Type: A:\Win2000/XP in the text box, press Enter
Choose "Win2000/XP Promise MBFastTrak133 Lite Controller" from the list......"
......

If you made a NEW RAID array, you have done the equivalent of deleting the Windows data from the drives by doing so.
Or - if you wanted to install Windows from scratch on a RAID array that previously existed....

Page 21

Installing Driver During New Windows 2000/XP Installation

When prompted to provide the drivers....

"Insert the Promise Technology driver disk into the A: drive and press the "Enter" key.
Choose "Win2000/XP Promise MBFastTrak133 Lite Controller" from the list..."
.........

"There are two promise drivers listed in the download, one is ATA 133 drivers and the other RAID. In the Raid folders there are two xp drivers, one under the windows xp folder and one under WHQL 2KXP folder, where it "new driver". I have tried both but get the same result."

You need the version of the drivers intended for providing them on a floppy disk after pressing F6 early in the loading of the files from the XP CD.

If that's what you have, choose
"Win2000/XP Promise MBFastTrak133 Lite Controller" from the list.

One of the ones, or both of them, listed in the RAID folder may be what is referred to as the Raid Function driver, the same as on page 22 of the manual, that you use when you still have an intact Windows installation.

However, if that doesn't work.........

I know from experience that usually, if not always, if a drive controller supports RAID, you MUST load the drivers for the version of the chip that supports RAID, whether you will be actually using the RAID features or not. Usually the XP CD's initially loaded files WILL NOT accept the drivers as being valid for the version of the chip that DOES NOT support RAID.

If there are more drivers listed than just two for the one drive controller model series, one with RAID support, the other one without that,
- if it lists more than one pair for the same brand of controller, make sure you choose the RAID drivers for the proper model that your mboard actually has

- in this case, there may also be drivers listed for the Silicon Image Sil3112A chip.

You have three drive controllers on the mboard.

- one built into the Intel 845 main chipset. IDE drives only. It doesn't support RAID. Generic drivers built into Windows are used for that.

- the Silicon Image Sil3112A chip - it's for up to two SATA drives and supports a max burst data transfer speed up to 150 mbytes / sec. It supports RAID. Drivers are required for that if you want to use that - in my experience if you want to install Windows on a SATA drive connected to it, you MUST install the drivers for the RAID version of the chipset series for a Silicon Image chip if the chip supports RAID whether you will be actually using the RAID features or not.

When you're not using that controller, if you don't install the drivers for it, you'll probably have an unknown device or an unknown drive controller or an entry saying the whatever device is not working, listed in Device Manager.

- the Promise 20276 RAID chip. IDE drives only.

When you're not using that drive controller, if you don't install the drivers for it, you'll probably have an unknown device or an unknown drive controller or an entry saying the whatever device is not working, listed in Device Manager.
........

If you want to install XP from scratch, another alternative is to DELETE the existing RAID array, then make a new one.
When you make a NEW RAID array, you have done the equivalent of deleting the Windows data from the drives by doing so.

There will then be no data visible on the hard drives to the initial files loaded from the Windows CD that can interfere with installing XP from scratch.



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