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Integration of NVIDIA's nForce RAID and AHCI drivers

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I can install XP with my mb set to IDE mode with no problems. When I set it to AHCI, winXP installer wont detect any drives, With or without integration.
Then you have done something wrong.

Are you sure, that your hdd is a SATA one and connected to a NVIDIA SATA Controller?

Have you really done the needed AHCI settings within the BIOS?

Since you obviously are still able to run Windows XP, you may give me the HardwareID's of your currently running "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller" (Device Manager > "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" > right-click onto "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller" > "Properties" > "Details" > "Property" > "HardwareID's").

Im sure its Nforce because mainboard's chipset is nforce 750a

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@ krzysiek033:

The HardwareID's you have posted belong to the NVIDIA MCP72 PATA Controller.

That would mean, that your hdd is a native IDE (=P-ATA) and not a SATA one.

If I am right, you will not be able to set your hdd to AHCI Mode, because the AHCI features are not supported at all by PATA hdd's.

EDIT: Do you see any other Controller within the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section? If yes, give me the related HardwareID's too.

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@ krzysiek033:

The HardwareID's you have posted belong to the NVIDIA MCP72 PATA Controller.

That would mean, that your hdd is a native IDE (=P-ATA) and not a SATA one.

If I am right, you will not be able to set your hdd to AHCI Mode, because the AHCI features are not supported at all by PATA hdd's.

EDIT: Do you see any other Controller within the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section? If yes, give me the related HardwareID's too.

Thats probably because its set to IDE mode. I have two Seagate HDDs. ST31000333AS and ST3320620AS. They are both SATA.

I dont have any other devices other that I listed above.

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Thats probably because its set to IDE mode.
"PATA" and "SATA (IDE Mode)" are really different, but maybe the informations I have regarding the DeciceID of the MCP72 IDE/SATA Controllers are wrong (they are from NVIDIA).
I have two Seagate HDDs. ST31000333AS and ST3320620AS. They are both SATA.
OK.
I dont have any other devices other that I listed above.
Where is your CD/DVD drive connected?
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My DVD Drive is connected as a SLave in the IDE connector. Mb have onlz one IDE connection on it.

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My DVD Drive is connected as a SLave in the IDE connector. Mb have onlz one IDE connection on it.
Maybe you have posted the HardwareID's of this IDE Controller.

I repeat: Do you see any other Controllers within the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" and "SCSI and RAID Controllers" sections? If yes, give me the related HardwareID's too.

EDIT:

After having downloaded the manual of your mainboard from ASUS support sites, I have done a deeper look into it.

Your mainboard has 6 NVIDIA nForce SATA ports, but only 2 of them do support AHCI. These are the ports 5 and 6.

So if you want to run Windows XP in AHCI Mode, you have to connect your 2 SATA hdds with these AHCI capable SATA ports.

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Finnally its working. I had to use different windows CD to integrate drivers in it.

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Finnally its working. I had to use different windows CD to integrate drivers in it.
So you did not take a clean XP CD as source? Then you didn't read my guide carefully.

It was not easy to help you, because you didn't answer all my questions and your few answers have always been hidden within your quoted text.

Nevertheless it's fine, that you succeeded at least.

Last questions (hoping for an answer):

1. Which of the different drivers worked for you at least?

2. Which HardwareID's has your freshly installed "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller"?

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Finnally its working. I had to use different windows CD to integrate drivers in it.
So you did not take a clean XP CD as source? Then you didn't read my guide carefully.

It was not easy to help you, because you didn't answer all my questions and your few answers have always been hidden within your quoted text.

Nevertheless it's fine, that you succeeded at least.

Last questions (hoping for an answer):

1. Which of the different drivers worked for you at least?

2. Which HardwareID's has your freshly installed "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller"?

Thank you so much for your help, Great tutorial btw.

1. I used drivers from ur guide, but orginal from my motherboard's CD are working too (ver. 10.3.0.46).

2. see attachment (I have polish windows version but its HArdware ID.

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@ krzysiek033:

Thanks for your reply.

The attached HardwareID's of your now in AHCI Mode running "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller" were a surprise for me, because according to my knowledge they belong to MCP78 (nForce 730a/720a/710a) and not to MCP72 (nForce 780a/750a) chipsets.

Have fun with your freshly installed Windows XP running in AHCI Mode!

Fernando

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Hello

I have an Alienware M17X (new Dell version) with 2 * 500GB hard drive.

I was wondering what drivers I need to slipstream into windows XP for installation ?

The installation fails (BSOD) when trying raid, although AHCI (native) mode works, but not raid.

ANy ideas

Thanks

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@ garielforums:

Welcome at MSFN Forums!

AFAIK your notebook has no NVIDIA nForce, but an Intel ICH8-M chipset Southbridge.

If I am right, you have to integrate a suitable Intel RAID driver into the XP CD.

You will find a suitable driver and a guide about the integration procedure within the start post of >this< thread.

Good luck!

Fernando

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Hello

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Have actually been trying to reply to your for hours, but didn't realize that when I created my account I dropped a "b" from my username,

garielforums should have been gabrielforums.

Didn't undertsnad why changing my password wouldn't help.

What a gumbie error.

With regards to your advice, i am having trouble trying to find out what my system uses.

Are you sure my system uses the intel raid drivers, I have the new M17X (allpowerfull) not the old m17x (why don't they give them new names).

Although I doin't know what my system uses, I believe the old m17x used the jmicron/intel combination.

Also when I install without RAID (Native AHCI) I slipstream in the nforce SATA RAID drivers and the install works fine. The dvice is listed as an NForce Satat driver when I succefully complete the install.

Now my knoweldge of this area is minimal and you are obviously an expert, so I don't want to appear arrogant here. I just want to make sure we are the same page.

See I dont even know what model my RAID device is, the driver I slipstream has a generic sounding title. None of the Specs I have for my machine go into the SATA device (in anything but a generic way) so I am not sure. Internet searching has not helped yet.

I know that from my Dell download site (which only has vista driver, it has a chipset driver for the MCP79, is this the RAID device ?

Here is the link to my system at Dell :

http://supportapj.dell.com/support/downloa...tid=&impid=

I don't know if this is relevent or not but the system comes with an intgrated GeForce 9400 card and 2 SLI GeForce 280M Video Cards. It also has the NVidia Ethernet Driver.

I don't want to be presumptious about you helping me, but I would greatly appreciate it as I am trying to get a system up by Monday.

Currently all I am doing is setting the BIOS to RAID, using nlite to slipstream the nforce driver and windows XP SP2 Home, and then letting the system run.

Works fine without RAID , dies with RAID.

Could I be using the wrong driver (ie NVIDIA over Intel) and the system still be installing in AHCI mode ? Or is this not possible.

I got all my information, prior to coming to MSFN from a "XP HOWTO for the M17X", which I think the author gleaned from these pages. They said they couldn't get it going with RAID or in Native AHCI only Legacy.

So far Native AHCI works fine for me, just no RAID.

If you need any more info please let me know, I will be online for the next 4 hours.

I also understand if you cannot offer anymore individual help.

Thankyou very much for your first reply, and in advance should you choose to offer further assistance.

Regards

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Are you sure my system uses the intel raid drivers, I have the new M17X (allpowerfull) not the old m17x (why don't they give them new names).
I am not sure at all about the Southbridge chipset of your system. After having read your last post, I have looked at Dell's pages for all informations regarding "Alienware M17X". Then I found a note, that it has an Intel ICH8M Southbridge - nothing to see about a "new" and an "old" version of the M17X".
Also when I install without RAID (Native AHCI) I slipstream in the nforce SATA RAID drivers and the install works fine. The dvice is listed as an NForce Satat driver when I succefully complete the install.
This is the verification, that the SATA Controllers of your system are not Intel, but NVIDIA ones. Nevertheless I doubt, that you really have slipstreamed the SATARAID driver folder. The AHCI capable nForce SATA driver is only within the SATA_IDE driver folder of NVIDIA's nForce chipset driverpacks. So I suspect, that you integrated the content of the SATA_IDE folder.
See I dont even know what model my RAID device is, the driver I slipstream has a generic sounding title.
Since your system obviously has a NVIDIA MCP79 chipset, the RAID device will be shown as "NVIDIA nForce RAID Controller" (precondition: RAID is enabled within the BIOS). All NVIDIA nForce RAID drivers are within the SATARAID folder of the related nForce chipset driverpack.
So far Native AHCI works fine for me, just no RAID.
Here is what I recommend for you:
  1. Downoad and unzip >this< small driverpack and store it somewhere.
  2. Copy the content of the original XP CD onto your hdd.
  3. Run nLite and let it create a bootable XP CD with integrated nForce RAID driver. Slipstream the SATARAID driver folder content of the just downloaded pack as TEXTMODE driver.
  4. Burn the ISO as bootable Image.
  5. Set the SATA Mode to "RAID" within the BIOS.
  6. Create a RAID array by using the RAID BIOS Utility.
  7. Make sure, that the CD/DVD-ROM is set as first bootable device within the BIOS.
  8. Boot off the XP CD and let Setup do its work. Don't press F6 when prompted.
  9. Enjoy Windows XP on your nForce RAID system (finger crossed)!

Good luck!

Fernando

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Hello thankyou for your response,

Having read a few more of your other pages I see that you get bothered by a lot of people, so I really appreciate the help.

With regards to your reply :

1. When I meant the old/new versions of the M17X, the old version was made by ALienware prior to Dell take over and is called the m17x, the new version is made by Dell/Alienware and was released June 3rd this year and is calld the M17X. The page I gave you would only have links to the Dell (ie the one I have) M17X. So you had the right one.

2. I figured that because it was working without raid with the NForce driver that it was nforce, but given my lack of knowledge, I did not know if other Intel/NVidia drivers could sometimes work . I assumed not, but I don't tend to like to do that when my knoweldge is lacking. I eventually got my boot screen to sow down and confirmed the NForce version 1.05.E1.

3. My last post was written poorly, what I meant to say was that I had slipstreamed the IDE driver (as you suggested) and got it working, but the RAID driver failed. The driver I was using was the one you suggested in your reply. However I have decided to try it again in case I made a mistake, as I have made a few lately and don't want to waste your time with spurious questions if the problem is my inattention to detail.

4. When it fails, I enable the BIOS SATA setting to RAID, then I go into the advanced setting and enable all options (an option to enable each of the discs, and an option that allows me to get into the menu that allows me to enable both the discs).

5. XP Dies a few minutes into the install, prior to be able to enter any input.

I will try again, and let you know what happens. I will also list the drivers I have tried (as there have been a few).

I don't no if this is correct but someone wrote on one of the other forums that it was impossible to get it going under XP for my Laptop as the SATA RAID drivers didn't exist for it. I don't know how knoweldgeable they were, or if they knew of your modded inf's but I do hope they are wrong.

Thankyou once again for the time you have expended on my case, I know it is all voluntary. If there is any data you need from my tests (ie benchmarks etc) when I finish (whether it works or fails) please let me know and I will endeavour to provide you with what you wanted. I add this as I noticed on a few of your posts that you mentioned people were not providing you with any feedback/benchmarks after getting it working. So if you still are looking I will be hapy to oblige. Although, admittedly I don't know what bench,marking software you use, or exactly what you are after.

Thanks once again.

Regards

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Hello again

IT WORKED !!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if I was mistaken before when I said I had tried it (I had the same version on my hard drive ??), or whether I accidently selected the IDE diver, or maybe didn't enable RAID in the BIOS, or what ??? But whatever I did wrong, this driver works perfectly !!!!!

YOU LITTLE RIPPER (Australian colloquilism meaning great).

I am so relieved.

This would not have been possible without your help : firstly for the modifed driver and secondly for pointing out my own stupidity to me.

Thankyou on both counts.

I still have to get the dual boot thing going, as I have only been just installing XP for now.

There may be some complications with my reinstall discs (as I think they have an extra partition for recovery). Hopefully it will be just a matter of trial an error.

Thankyou again so much for your help.

If you need benchmarking or other info from my setup then please don't hesitate to ask and I will get it to you.

My email is gabrielforums AT gmail DOT com , should you need to contact me directly (NOTE : it is gabriel not gariel as my username says, I mistyped when I registered).

NOTE : Trying to avoid the bots getting my email, I am sure you can decipher it. Probably wont work, but worth a try.

Regards and Well Wishes

PS Will post if I get the dual boot thing working, should hopefully be just a matter of time.

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4. When it fails, I enable the BIOS SATA setting to RAID, then I go into the advanced setting and enable all options (an option to enable each of the discs, and an option that allows me to get into the menu that allows me to enable both the discs).
Which sort of RAID array did you create (Striped=RAID0 or Mirrored=RAID1)? Have you set the RAID as bootable within the mainboard BIOS? Are you sure, that the BIOS detected the RAID? At next bootup, have you seen a screen message, that the RAID is "healthy"?
5. XP Dies a few minutes into the install, prior to be able to enter any input.
What does "dies" mean? Did you get any message? If yes, which one? If you could not read the message, you should hit F8 at next reboot and choose the "Don't resboot at system failure" option.

EDIT:

I just saw your last post, that you got it working now at least.

Congratulations!

Regards

Fernando

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YOU LITTLE RIPPER (Australian colloquilism meaning great).

I am so relieved.

This would not have been possible without your help : firstly for the modifed driver and secondly for pointing out my own stupidity to me.

Thankyou on both counts.

You are welcome!

By the way: Australia is a beautiful country. I have been already 3 times there for a longer period between 1991 and 1995. Where do you live in Australia?

I still have to get the dual boot thing going, as I have only been just installing XP for now.
That will be much easier, because you probably don't need to load any separate drivers.

All the best to you!

Regards

Fernando

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Hello

Guess what ? The dual boot installation went off without a hitch. Honestyly when it rains it pours (for good or bad). Everything is working just fine. Even managed to find every XP driver for my unsupported M17X (or at least unsupported in XP), except one (an Avertv card, not sure why the avertv xp driver fails but it does).

Considering where I started and where I have ended up, I couldn't be happier. Sometimes life just gives you one.

In regards to your question :

1. Sorry I use the word die as a pseudonym for BSOD.

2. I was born in Darwin (Capital of the Northern Territory), in 91 I was doing year 12 there(last year of high school before university in Australia), by 95 I had completed my (almost ashamed to say it given my littany of newbie errors during the RAID installation) computer science degree and was doing my honours degree. I was then employed as a junior lecturer for 2 years (computer science - grapahics, AI, and C/C++ programming), then I moved to Adelaide (Capital of South Australia ) where I worked for the Department of Defence in their R & D organization. Worked there for 7 years then moved to Toowoomba (my current residence, about 120,000 people, Queensland), where I have lived for the past 5 years. Apprently my math doesn't add up as I am missing a year, well close enough for a brief bio :) As you descibed Australia as beautifull then you could not have been to Darwin :) Adelaide is nice, its a more quite town with about 1 million people. Sydney is probably the cultural hub (6Million), Melbourne is more the sporting heart of the country (3-4Million),then you have Brisbane which is very much the tourist town of Australia (i think about 3 million), Perth which is a little like adelaide but on the west coast and more affluent (1 million), and finally Hobart (tasmania , the most beautifull spot in Australia, but terribly inbred - you think I am kidding - well sort of) and Canberra the Capital (like Washington it is small, about 100,00, and only exists to support the nations beuracracy). I have been pretty much everywhere in my own country, but never overseas. I really want to one day, but when I have the time and money to do it right. Europe will be my first destination, Africe and the States are also high on the list. Sorry, thats a long answer to your question, got a little carried away.

Feel free to email, should you get bored. (If you can decipher my fiendishly clever coding scheme used in the previous post) :)

Regards and once again my gratefull thanks.

PS I should add that people like you are the karmic balance in the world, for most computer/software technical support.

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Hello Gabriel,

thanks for your nice presentation of your home country "Down Under". I have been in all cities you have mentioned except Toowoomba, your current residence. If I ever should come back to Australia, I will have a look to that village (or is it a real town?) and maybe we will see us there.

It makes me happy too, that you succeeded at least with everything you wanted, and it was a pleasure for me, that I could help you.

Greatings from Germany

Fernando

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Hello

No worries, be glad to meet you in person should your sojourn bring you to Aus in the future. (PS Toowoomba is a town, 100,000 people (thats a lot for a non capital in Australia), and lies about 2 hours west of Brisbane in Queensland)

A quick (well hopefully quick) question if you have time ?

Is there any reason why/how the SATA RAID drivers could interefere with application startups ??

The reason I ask is that,as I think I mentioned previously, originally I set up XP successfully by setting the BIOS disc mode to ATA and installing a vanilla XP +SP2 (with no slipstreamed drivers). This worked fine but was non-optimal, so thats when I looked into AHCI and RAID drivers.

However prior to doing this I got everything running fine. Unfortunatel, now with the same setup (exact as far as I can fathom), one of my Apps won't execute (CTD).

A little background : As I mentioned I have a programming background, with a strong skill set in graphic programming. Unfortunately my current job does not allow me to indulge my interest in graphics and as such my only outlet is hobbysit stuff I do from time to time. Currently I am looking at writing my wn 3D engine (well actually just investigating, as the main project will be done next year when I have the time and knowledge to do it properly. At the moment I am just wriiting little apps that emulate what I find in popular 3D games that are currently available. My current project is an investigation of 3D sound, not something I know much about yet, and emulating what I find in popular PC games.

Currently I am investigating Fallout 3. Fallout 3 works fine in Vista but the sound in not 3D, due to the removal of the HAL layer by Microsoft. As such I needed to employ XP to truly appreciate the 3D sound offered (without using Alchemy which doesn't work with my creative card for Fallout 3 anyway).

Unfortunately the game stops at startup ( a windows is created, empty and black, before crashing back to desktop without an error message. The same game, with the same xp drivers and the handfull of app I have installed, works fine with the ATA BIOS setting.

Is there any reason you can think of why the RAID drivers could be interfering with the games startup ? The software does use Securom, which apperntly can have problems with SATA drives but I am not convinced it is a securom problem.

If you can think of any incompatibility that might cuase this effect, I would appreciate the heads up. I would prefer to keep using RAID, then back up to ATA for a few weeks until I have emulated all I can (could be less dependent on the quality of the sound, and effects).

Thanks for your time, I would appreciate any insights you may have if you have the time.

Regards from Aus

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No worries, be glad to meet you in person should your sojourn bring you to Aus in the future. (PS Toowoomba is a town, 100,000 people (thats a lot for a non capital in Australia), and lies about 2 hours west of Brisbane in Queensland)
I have been in Brisbane and at the Gold Cost in 1993, but next time I will have a look into your home town.
Is there any reason why/how the SATA RAID drivers could interefere with application startups ??
I don't think, that the drivers may interfer with application startups, but it seems possible for me, that the much higher read speed of a RAID system may cause a disorder of the startup procedure, especially with not well developed applications.

Greetings to "Down Under"

Fernando

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I have been in Brisbane and at the Gold Cost in 1993, but next time I will have a look into your home town.

Well Brisbane and the Gold Coast particularly have changed a great deal since then. Very affluent area now, and has the fastest growing population area in Australia (so fast we are running out of water! Everywhere has water restictions. So you need to install rain water tanks/bores or forget about washing your car/house or having a decnt garden). Must sound strange given the lushness of Germany (or at least that is my uninformed impression based on doco's and books). Do you live in a metropolitan centre, or in the country ? I imagine the country areas are probably densely populated ? The few friends I have that have visted germany, and surrounds, have all described the beauty of the countryside, and the cold ! For me I would be very interested in the history of the area, such a rich culture going back to charlagmaigne and beyond(apologies for the spelling). My primary reason for wanting to visit Europe in the future is the culture and history. I guess that may be a natural consequence in living in a comparitively young country. Anyway enough rambling.

I don't think, that the drivers may interfer with application startups, but it seems possible for me, that the much higher read speed of a RAID system may cause a disorder of the startup procedure, especially with not well developed applications.

Hmmm, that is interesting. I had thought of something similar, but dismissed it due to my lack of knowledge, and my confidence in the developer. I am backing the system back to AHCI(native) mode tonight and re-installing (to detremine if its a RAID problem or not). I can't remember if I installed the app after getting AHCI working or not, I think I just assumed it would work and then pressed on to getting RAID working. So I better test it, to determine the cause.

Nothing is ever simple, is it ?

Thanks again, will let you know the result for interest sake.

Its just started to rain here, I guess I can take a shower tonight then :)

Ok so that is a little melodramatic.

Take it easy cobber (pronounced COB-BAR but spoken relatively quickly, and older colloquilism analogous to mate)

PS Apologies for the typos in my correspondance, I am having significant trouble getting used to the keyboard of my new laptop. The keys are set about 15-20cm forward from the base, which is very odd and takes some getting used to. I keep hitting the wrong keys. Worse I am not actually typing that fast. Though admittedly with some words its just my lack of spelling ability :)

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@ gabriel:

Thanks for your message, which is rather off-topic. Maybe we should continue our correspondence via PM or eMail.

I am in a hurry now, because my 95 years old father is waiting for me. He lives 100 km away from my home town (12.000 inhabitants), which is very near to the North Sea.

Apropos "away" and the typical Australian pronounciation of this word: When I was in Australia, I planned to return to Germany via New Zealand, Fidji, Hawaii and Los Angeles. When an Australian asked me: "When do you go away?" I understood: "When do you go to Hawaii?" and I wondered how they knew about my future travel plans.

Bye

Fernando

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Hi Fernando,

I want to build an XPSP3 installation disc which can support a wide variety of nForce-based systems. Ideally, I would like to integrate both LEGACY and the 9.99.0.9 drivers onto a single disc. Apart from me having to edit the INF/OEM files accordingly (to eliminate dupe entries), are there any drawbacks?

I would like your thoughts/opinion on this.

Thanks.

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