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Windows 7: 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit XP and RAID 5

19 Jul 2009   #1

Windows Vista Ultimate
64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit XP and RAID 5

1. 32-bit XP installed on Intel 64-bit hardware. All is well.
2. 64-bit W7 RC1 installed in dual boot mode. All is well. Both work.
3. Addonics ADS3GX4R5, 4-port, PCI-X (SI3124R5 chipset) installed.
4. Addonics support said set up under XP and all will be well under W7.
5. Configured Addonics ADS3GX4R5 for RAID 5 with 4-Seagate SATA 1.5TB drives
6. Tried to install, under XP, SI RAID Utilities. With 64-bit version, says "Processor type not supported." Okay, it is just a utility program, I'll install the 32-bit version. Installs fine.
7. Attempt to install 32-bit SI 3124 RAID drivers under XP - perhaps this was my error. System hangs hard. Must shut down manually.
8. W7 boot fine.
9. XP will not boot. Screen black after Operating system choice screen.
10. Remove Addonics card. W7 boots fine. XP immediately gives message "<root drive>\System32\HAL.DLL not found. Reinstall the component."
11. Check boot.ini with EasyBCD. Everything seems fine.
12. Replace HAL.DLL from XP install disk. Same error.
13. Assume XP installation has been corrupted. Alternative, reinstall XP and then W7 (since the XP install screws up the W7 boot)

Anyone see another alternative and if I do, will the RAID 64-bit driver set install under XP or do I try W7. (Not wanting to lose my server, I have not tried this yet.)

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19 Jul 2009   #2


Sounds like a boot configuration problem that needs resolving - you shouldn't need to re-install XP.

1. In the BIOS seetings, can you boot from the proper drive? Adding a new controller will often change the BIOS default settings and you may need to reconfigure your boot options. Also many mobos will only allow a limited set of boot controllers.

2. How large is your RAID 5 volume? Did you configure it as MBR or GPT? You may not be able to boot from a disk that has a volume > 2TB, even if you don't choose the > 2TB volume as the boot volume.

I would check BIOS boot options first and get that out of the way.
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19 Jul 2009   #3


Enable Capture Interrupt 19 in BIOS. Does this apply, DJG?

Quick trip backwards in time...

Enable Capture Interrupt 13 in BIOS. Does this apply, DJG?

Retroactive correction that no one will notice.
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19 Jul 2009   #4


I've heard of Int 13, but not of 19, though it may be mobo specific, or my brain may be burned out from this wicked tooth ache. 13 or 19, could be! Worth a try if it's in the BIOS options.
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19 Jul 2009   #5

windows 7 ultimate final Office 2007,27 Quad IMAC vm 7 64 bit

Running 7 on highpoint raid card 1820 in raid 5. It is a bios problem, you will have to set raid card to boot before other drives and elect operating symtem from there. your other installs probably are still there just raid card has to be seen first.
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