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Abit BD7II-RAID Motherboard Installation

By gmichaels ·
I am trying to set up a new system with win2k and an Abit BD7II-RAID motherboard. After preforming a clean OS install without issues, I tried to load the Intel Chipset Drivers from CD that came from ABIT as per the manual instructions. The installation % bar get to 100% OK. I should then see a screen asking if I want to restart my system. AS it attemtps to bring up this screen, My system resets and reboots. Upon reboot I have corrupt drivers and can't boot. I then have to start over with a format of the drive's C: partition and another clean install of win2k. This has been a nightmare as I have started over numerous times because of issues getting a soundblaster live platinum ot work on this system. I finally gave that up and went with allthe onboard sound/game/midi features enabled. This is when this new problem began. Help! Anybody know what is causing this or if these Intel Chipset Drivers are really required.

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by TheChas In reply to Abit BD7II-RAID Motherboa ...

First, is the hard drive connected to the normal IDE port, or to the RAID port?

I know that XP can be installed with the drive connected to the RAID port, and that 98 must be connected to the IDE port, and then moved to the RAID port.
The question is, does W2K have native drivers for the RAID port?

I would also disable the on-board sound, and have only the video card plugged in until the chipset drivers are installed.

You should then be able to add-in the other devices 1 at a time until you have everything installed.

As to whether or not you need the drivers, it depends on how good the native W2K drivers are, and the devices you plan to plug in to the IDE, AGP, and PCI busses.
The newer the devices, the more important the newer drivers are.
I would download and use the latest drivers form either ABIT, or Intel, as they are likely a couple of revisions newer than what is on the CD.
The same with the Sound Blaster driver.

Chas

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by gmichaels In reply to Abit BD7II-RAID Motherboa ...

Finally got this board working. The drives were connected to the IDE controller. What I finally did was disable the sound as you suggested. Also installed win2k service pack 2 and the raid drivers. Then the Intel Chipset Drivers installed just fine.Then I enabled the sound and loaded the sound drivers. So, now everything is working fine.

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