I have just installed 7600.16385 and have two problems: 1) a two-minute timeout while the "Starting Windows" screen is displayed while booting, and 2) CD/DVD drive does not show up in Device Manager.
System configuration in tech specs below.
I saw the same problem on both RC1 and 7264.
While booting, the system stalls at "Starting Windows" for 2+ minutes. This error message is in the event log:
Log Name: System
Date: 7/30/2009 10:41:00 AM
Event ID: 9
Task Category: None
The device, \Device\Ide\iaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period.
<Provider Name="iaStorV" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-07-30T17:41:00.275863000Z" />
I have updated the firmware on the DVD drive and motherboard to the most recently available versions. (Flashing the mobo eliminated another event log message about a "known firmware error" related to power management.)
At one time, I was finding five of these messages--for a ten minute delay eveyr time I booted as each message follows a 2-minute timeout. I changed the BIOS configuration for the IDE devices from "not installed" to "Auto" and Windows 7 seemed to like that better (even though there are no devices attached to the IDE port). Note that there are no
IDE devices in this system. This error message says that the \Device\Ide\iaStor0 is not responding. If the "Ide" part of the message is to be believed, what is Windows trying to access?
The ICH7R is set to RAID, as two of the ports are used for a RAID 0 array. The JMicron JMB363, which the DVD drive is connected to, is set to Basic (I also tried AHCI with no change in results). There are two hard drives attached to the TX4302 but those drives are powered off.
A possibly related matter is that Windows 7 refuses to see my DVD drive (a SATA Samsung drive). Device Manager does not show any cd or dvd devices. (In build 7264, I used to see an event log entry saying that the cdrom device could not be found. I don't see that message in 7600, or at least haven't found it yet.)
Thanks for any advice!