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New build XP/SCSI problem

by em2sqr / March 13, 2008 4:51 AM PDT

Trying to install XP oem on new build with Adaptec 29320 card. I've downloaded latest drivers but installation stops with a message that "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system." I don't believe that the XP disc has SP 2 on it, could that be causing the problem?

System includes: Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe MB, AMD Phenom 9600 2.3 GHz CPU, 4 GB Corsair Twin 2X2048-8500C5D RAM, VGA Diamond 3870 video card, Adaptec 29320A SCSI card and Seagate 300 GB SCSI Cheetah 15k HD.

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Early on in the setup ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 13, 2008 6:18 AM PDT

you should have got a screen to press F6 and install those SCSI drivers for mass storage.

You also need to ensure that you have jumpered (dip switch on a very few) the drive itself properly for its ID number. When you first boot you should be presented with a prompt to press some key (or key combo) to access the SCSI host controller for partitioning and low level formatting of the SCSI drive - have you?

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Early on...
by em2sqr / March 13, 2008 7:24 AM PDT

I used the F6 when prompted and installed the drivers which I downloaded using a floppy disk. After this step is when I get the above message.

There are no jumpers on the HD and the ID shows as 0.

I formatted the drive using the host controller, however, I saw no mention of partitioning.

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Early on...
by em2sqr / March 13, 2008 7:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Early on...

Forgot to mention that sometimes when I attempt to install as mentioned I get a message to "please wait" then nothing happens not even HD activity with activity lights on both the CD drive and floppy drive.

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Check CMOS Setup
by Darton Fury / March 14, 2008 3:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Early on...

Check your CMOS settings. Sometimes you must set CMOS to boot SCSI before IDE.

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Early on....
by em2sqr / March 15, 2008 2:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Check CMOS Setup

Thanks for the help but the board died yesterday and is being RMA'd. I hope that the SCSI card problem was with the board and will be solved with the replacement. If not, then back to that problem.

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