The CMOS battery is good. It retains all other changes except the RAID configuration. The two new hdds are partioned and formated (NTFS).
It seems, (from watching the hdd activitiy light) that when I type in the "1234-enter" key string that an attempt is being made by the system to perform the configuration change from JBOD to 2RAID-0. There is no activity with other inputs, but after a couple seconds the 2RAID-0 setting jumps back to JBOD, and still shows that as the current state. To save bios settings on this laptop you press "end". I've tried this in various combinations during the RAID configuration as well.
This is a strange problem, and it seems the bios is trying to make the change for me, but something isn't right. Am I forgetting to do something? Are the hdds not set up properly? They're both brand new, partitioned and formatted. Is there a problem with the bios, or possibly a bad RAID controller?
I've been in the computer service industry for 15 years now, and have never been so aggravated, or seen this behavior. I wasn't really expecting an easy solution/response, but by posting here I was just hoping that someone reading this may have seen this problem before.... maybe, just maybe.... doesn't hurt to try right?
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated! Remember, this should not be this complicated, though I'm at my wits end trying to figure it out. I'm simply trying to set the bios to RAID 0 for the two installed drives, and when trying it keeps jumping back to JBOD for both drives. What am I missing?