865pe-Neo2 Fis2R: Maxtor SATA config? & XP install

Discussion in 'MSI' started by XP User, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. XP User

    XP User Guest

    I have been struggling to successfully install XP pro (w/out file & stop
    errors) with this MB. I'm not sure if its an issue with a) bio &/or Raid
    configuration b) Memory incompatibility c) Incompatibility with Maxtor
    diamond plus SATA HD d) combination of factors. My attempted set is:

    P4 3.0ghz 800mhz FSB
    Radeon 9600 PRO AGP8X
    Antec True 550w
    1 GB (512*2) Kingston PC3200 dual Channel 2-2-2-6-1
    Diamonmax plus 9 160GB SATA

    My goal is to use a single SATA drive & do a clean XP pro install. I have
    tried to use the Promise controller first and got as far as setting up
    Region & time zone setting, but the install gets to a page fault or stop
    error (BSOD). I have tries the ICH5R as well with similar results. At some
    points windows errors on coping certain files to HD. Something is definitely
    unstable somewhere. The Maxblast tests show (& I believe) the drive is not
    defective. (am using F6 & use diskette drivers for controller)

    I believe (per tech support) I need and have configured a RAID as a striping
    array.

    Bios setting I have tried include:
    Onchip ATA Mode: Legacy & Native
    ATA config: diff combinations until CD ROM works
    S-ATA enabled
    P-ATA enabled
    P-ATA channel sel: diff combinations
    Combined Mode: S-ata 1st Channel
    S-ata port def: P0 3rd-P1 4th (Promise)
    Config S-ATA as raid: Yes & No
    Onboard Promise IDE (yes when trying that controller)

    I have tried a lot of different combinations (most with the raid set-up w/
    fast track, some without) without success. I had no idea that setting up a
    SATA install would be so confusing (raid options & bios settings) and
    troublesome. Is it the Board? Is the Maxtor MSI combo twitchy? Is it that
    SATA is still too new?

    I think I read something (MSI web forum) that the Maxtor SATA driver were
    not compatible with the ICH5R controller, though tech support didn't think
    so.

    I saw & ordered the "approved" Kinston PC3200 Ram for this board was the
    KVR400x64C3AK2, I was sent the better HyperX DDR KHX3200K2 (1G kit). I'm not
    sure if this mem would present a compat issue.

    Has any one got a single Maxtor SATA drive to work with this board? Any
    single SATA HD? If so what are your settings (profile)? Should I try a WD
    Raptor?

    I have not tried to install XP using the regular IDE (perhaps rule out
    memory issue).

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanx in advance.
     
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  2. oej

    oej Guest

    check the MSI bios version updates .. i think i recall seeing something in
    reference to Maxtor in one of the fix updates

    "XP User" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I have been struggling to successfully install XP pro (w/out file & stop
    > errors) with this MB. I'm not sure if its an issue with a) bio &/or Raid
    > configuration b) Memory incompatibility c) Incompatibility with Maxtor
    > diamond plus SATA HD d) combination of factors. My attempted set is:
    >
    > P4 3.0ghz 800mhz FSB
    > Radeon 9600 PRO AGP8X
    > Antec True 550w
    > 1 GB (512*2) Kingston PC3200 dual Channel 2-2-2-6-1
    > Diamonmax plus 9 160GB SATA
    >
    > My goal is to use a single SATA drive & do a clean XP pro install. I have
    > tried to use the Promise controller first and got as far as setting up
    > Region & time zone setting, but the install gets to a page fault or stop
    > error (BSOD). I have tries the ICH5R as well with similar results. At some
    > points windows errors on coping certain files to HD. Something is

    definitely
    > unstable somewhere. The Maxblast tests show (& I believe) the drive is not
    > defective. (am using F6 & use diskette drivers for controller)
    >
    > I believe (per tech support) I need and have configured a RAID as a

    striping
    > array.
    >
    > Bios setting I have tried include:
    > Onchip ATA Mode: Legacy & Native
    > ATA config: diff combinations until CD ROM works
    > S-ATA enabled
    > P-ATA enabled
    > P-ATA channel sel: diff combinations
    > Combined Mode: S-ata 1st Channel
    > S-ata port def: P0 3rd-P1 4th (Promise)
    > Config S-ATA as raid: Yes & No
    > Onboard Promise IDE (yes when trying that controller)
    >
    > I have tried a lot of different combinations (most with the raid set-up w/
    > fast track, some without) without success. I had no idea that setting up a
    > SATA install would be so confusing (raid options & bios settings) and
    > troublesome. Is it the Board? Is the Maxtor MSI combo twitchy? Is it that
    > SATA is still too new?
    >
    > I think I read something (MSI web forum) that the Maxtor SATA driver were
    > not compatible with the ICH5R controller, though tech support didn't think
    > so.
    >
    > I saw & ordered the "approved" Kinston PC3200 Ram for this board was the
    > KVR400x64C3AK2, I was sent the better HyperX DDR KHX3200K2 (1G kit). I'm

    not
    > sure if this mem would present a compat issue.
    >
    > Has any one got a single Maxtor SATA drive to work with this board? Any
    > single SATA HD? If so what are your settings (profile)? Should I try a WD
    > Raptor?
    >
    > I have not tried to install XP using the regular IDE (perhaps rule out
    > memory issue).
    >
    > Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    > Thanx in advance.
    >
    >
    >
     
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