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The relevant parts of my system;

Asus P4v800-x M/Board (via VT8237 SATA raid controller)
512MB DDR-400
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB SATA 8MB cache
Western Digital WD200 20GB ATA
Inno3d GeforceFx 5200 128MB

The problem;

Up till a few days ago everything was working well. Now, my system hangs when booting to windows xp. I tried using Maxtor Powermax to check if there's any problems with the drive but it doesn't seem to detect the h/drive. Can someone help me?

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try booting into safe mode, have you installed anything in the last few days that might have changed any vital system files?

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tried booting in safe mode, still didn't work. It hangs after the Windows XP splash screen. Nope, none installed.

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i've tried to repair it but it hangs when its says verifying the h/disk. i've inserted the driver for it. but it just hangs there.

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i've tried to repair it but it hangs when its says verifying the h/disk. i've inserted the driver for it. but it just hangs there.

You're pressing F6 at the initial loading screen, correct?

Try downloading a newer driver.

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You're pressing F6 at the initial loading screen, correct?

Try downloading a newer driver.

yup i did that...it just says verifying h/disk 120MB...and hangs there... :cry:

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Mine does the same thing i have a 200gb sata and a 60gb IDE. windows is installed on the 60gb when it boots up it shows the splash screen and then it goes black but when i unplug the sata cable whilst the screen is black it boots up normally?? It has been working perfectly for about 2 months, I have tried it in another system with totally different devices and it does exactly the same thing so it looks like its faulty and im gonna send it back!!!

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I have exactly the same problem. I wonder if these maxtor have a big problem. Has anybody actually got one working after this problem?


Ebuyer have sent me a replacment now. I will try it tonight.

Tom

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I have the exact same trouble but I'm having difficulty getting ebuyer to give me a return as they keep insisting I supply them with a PowerMax error code.. which of course I can't get what with it needing drivers and all. Any suggestions?

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Have you tried getting into the system setup screen to clear up the nvram and to load setup defaults?

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caperjack: running powermax just seems to hang on the detect drives phase. I guess it doesn't have support forr Via's VT6420 yet or that Via's chip isn't compatible with whatever method it uses to access SCSI (if it does at all)

gdancel: I've reset the BIOS a number of times, chosen defaults, optimized defaults etc.. Doesn't seem to have any effect.


Should powermax be able to detect drives on scsi controllers?

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Just to let you know that after some nagging eBuyer agreed that the drive needed replacing and it's been replaced as I type. I based my evidence on Via's sata/raid controller testing software returning the the drive failed in PIO and DMA modes. Cheers all. Tom.

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