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  1. Fernando, Thanks for all your help with this. After doing some further testing it appears that the issues were indeed related to buggy RAID functionality within this particular board. The system began reporting different device and health information as it related to the array with nearly every reboot, sometimes seeing both participating drives in the array, sometimes only one but still showed the missing one as a stand-alone device. Since today was day 29 of 30 to RMA the board, I did just that. Thanks again for all the help though. M
  2. Tried reinstalling XP with only one 2GB stick of memory, and again got the "Missing NTLDR. Press ctl+alt+del to reboot" message. Out of curiousity I also tried Vista, although I was interested in XP for this box. Vista ran through install, prompted for drivers and booted normally. However following the install the system failed to keep updating the mirrored drive and the array became degraded. I'm starting to believe that the RAID system on this board is defective or just buggy as heck.
  3. Fernando, The box has two 750GB SATA drives as well as a SATA CDROM and 8GB of memory on 4 modules. I overlooked the removal of the additional memory on my attempted install last night but will give it a go that way this evening. As for the SATA CDROM, I have that disconnected per your instructions and am using an IDE one instead. In regard to the boot order, on initial install it was set up to first try the CDROM - so I could boot the Win install disk - then the HD arrray. It's strange because it seems to be to be an issue of the array not being recognized as a valid boot device. The steps I'm taking on install are as follows. 1. Boot machine pressing F10 for MediaShield. 2. Delete array from previously failed install... reboot... 3. F10... Create array (Mirror) using 2 identical 750GB SATA drives... mark array as bootable... save config... reload. 4. Boot nLite created WinXP(SP2) disk with GeForce dirvers (Note: CD image created from original valid OEM XP CD + drivers, no additional nLite tweaks) 5. Installer runs to the point of drive partitioning (with some dirvers I've tried, I get BSOD at this point. with others install continues fine.) 6. Partitioning drives into 2 parts - 100GB "C:" and 650GB "D:" and format using NTFS 7. Windows completes phase one of install... reboots... continues to phase two... completes... reboots... 8. At this point I gotten various results depending on the drivers I've used. Some have resulted in endless reboots, some with just a blinking cursor. Last night when using the 103042 driver I got the messages printed in my previous post. I'll try pulling all but one of the memory modules reinstalling again tonight, but it appears that the system is not recognizing the logical drive as a valid boot device or there's something screwy with the the way the system is setting the MBR. Thanks.
  4. I tried both the "nForce IDE 99909 for XP 32bit mod" and "nForce IDE 103042 for XP 32bit WHQL" drivers this evening, but was not successful with either one. The 99909 driver resulted in BSOD at the portion of the install immediately before drive partitioning. The 103042 driver got me further, through both the first and second stages of the install however, on first boot after completion I got a NTLDR missing message, followed by a "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk" message. However, if I reboot and go into the MediaShield RAID manager the Array reports healthy. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Fernando, Thanks a ton for the quick reply. I'll give that a go tonight. And thanks for all the useful info in this thread. It's very helpful. M
  6. Will this work for the xfx GeForce 8200 as well? If so, which driver set should I be using, the one for "all other nForce SataRAID systems"? Thanks in advance. I've been trying to get the hardware RAID working with this for a couple days with no luck. Been using nLite to slipstream the drives provided on the xfx cd. Results have been inconsistent at best. Sometimes I get the endless reboot after install, other times xp shows the drives separately, and yet other times it may show 1 logical drive but with 2x the space. Crazy.