Bear with me, lots of description to follow. Long story short, I can't boot to a cd with my hard drives set to RAID in the BIOS.
I've recently built a new computer (specs to follow), and I'm having a terrible time trying to get it to run properly. It seems that whenever I enable RAID in the BIOS I can no longer boot from the cd/dvd drive.
In the BIOS, my cd/dvd drive is recognized, as well as my hard drives, and cd is set to first boot. Hard drive is second boot, with floppy and other devices disabled. All drives are SATA.
With RAID turned on for the primary channels (I've verified that the two hard drives are primary master and slave channels, and the cd/dvd drive is in the secondary master position), and off for the secondary channels, I can get to the "press F10 to set up RAID" screen. The setup goes fine, with both drives being recognized and a RAID 0 (mirrored) being set up. Array is healthy and set to be bootable. Upon exiting setup, however, I get a screen that says "Boot from CD:". After several seconds, I get "BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". Pressing enter gets the same response.
I've tried both a known bootable copy of the Ultimate Boot Disk and a new OEM copy of XP Pro purchased with my system, but still no joy.
I've also tried attaching an IDE CD drive with the same results (changing boot order to reflect the new drive).
When the RAID is turned off from the BIOS, I can boot to either CD fine, from either drive.
My settings are being retained in the BIOS, so no battery problems.
I've changed all the cables and verified proper power and data connections. All drives spin up when the computer is turned on.
I've reset the BIOS and tried making my changes again, but that didn't help any either.
I've verified good power source to the PSU and also that the PSU itself is running well.
Case/PSU: iStarUSA S-Storm S-10000BL/TC-400R8 Server Tower Chassis 400W Redundant PSU
RAM: Transcend AxeRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
MOBO: EVGA 112-CK-NF77-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce e-7150/630i HDMI Micro ATX
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775
DVD: SAMSUNG SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Model SH-S203N OEM
HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA (ordered 3 to have an extra, and 1 was DOA)
OS: WIN XP w/ SP2C OEM
Accessories: 2x Rosewill 120mm case fans, 3x SATA power adapters (the PSU only had IDE power)
I'm using PS/2 keyboard and mouse with a VGA monitor, but no other peripherals attached.
All these parts were from Newegg, and I can list the links if anyone wants them. Please let me know anything I might've left out. Thank you for any help you can give me.