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Saturday, October 2, 2010

verdammtes ZOTAC nVidia FakeRAID!
Boot: BBS
BBS stands for BIOS Boot Specification.
MediaShield User's Guide

The easiest way to get the Raidtool installed is by running the SETUP.EXE of the associated nForce chipset driver package, but by doing this all nForce IDE drivers of the package will be installed too (and maybe replace the better and currently working ones).

In these cases you have to use another way to get full access to the MediaShield/RAID software (NVIDIA Control Panel) after having completed the OS installation.
Here is the guide for the manual installation of the nForce Raidtool (on the basis of a post from nForcersHQ forums member TheMaxx32000):

  • Run your just installed OS.
  • Create a new folder named "RAIDTOOL" somewhere within your currently running OS partition (for example within the directory "\Program Files")
  • Search for the RAIDTOOL folder of the actual 32bit/64bit XP/W2k/W2k3 nForce chipset driver package
  • Extract the into the just created RAIDTOOL folder of your OS partition
  • Open the RAIDTOOL folder with the extracted files
  • Doubleclick the REGRAID.BAT (you will find it in older Raidtools) or REGRAIDSEDONA.BAT (actual file name of the Sedona type Raidtool) to register the Raidtool Services
  • Run the NVRAIDMAN.EXE (normal MediaShield) or NVCPLUI.EXE (Sedona type NVIDIA Control Panel)

Now you will see the MediaShield Control Panel. It should also appear as NVIDIA Control Panel within the Vista Control Panel, but if it doesn't, try to install nTune on top.
For further information about the abilities of the NVIDIA MediaShield software you should open the MediaShield help file (as .chm or .pdf), which you will find within the extracted raidtool files.
Suggestion: You should create shortcuts to the .EXE files of the RAIDTOOL folder and put them into your Startmenu folder. This way you will get an easy access to all services of the MediaShield/Raidtool.

Annex II

A. Tips for users with a non-Raid nForce S-ATA system:

  • The actual versions of Windows XP (32/64bit) and Server 2003 (32/64bit) should be able to detect nForce S-ATA Controller connected hdd's without any 3rd party drivers, provided that you have done the needed BIOS settings (you have to choose the IDE mode of the S-ATA Controllers). So normally there is no reason to hit F6 or to integrate the nForce SATA drivers as TEXTMODE drivers.
  • Nevertheless it is possible and useful to integrate the nForce SATA drivers as normal device (=PnP) drivers into an nLited CD. The way is simple: Just integrate the content of the SATA_IDE subfolder of the actual nForce chipset driver package, which is designed for the special nForce SATA chipset of your mainboard (look at NVIDIA's driver page). This PnP driver integration is very easy with nLite. Just click at one of the INF files you find within the SATA_IDE folder, it doesn't matter which one.

  • New and important for users with an AHCI capable mainboard:
    Some actual nForce chipsets (for example nForce 520, nForce 630a/610a or nForce 630i/610i) have advanced S-ATA features named "AHCI". If your RAID Controllers are disabled and the S-ATA Controllers are set to "AHCI Mode" within the mainboard BIOS, the SATA drive(s) is/are not detected at the beginning of the OS installation, unless the required special nForce S-ATA drivers have been loaded or integrated as textmode drivers. Vice versa users with an AHCI supporting nForce chipset mainboard will only be able to get the actual AHCI supporting nForce S-ATA drivers installed, if the NVIDIA S-ATA Controllers are set to "AHCI Mode" within the BIOS before they are going to install the OS.
    Choice of the suitable driver and integration method:
    Users with a non-RAID, but AHCI capable nForce chipset system should look into the SATA_IDE folder of the unzipped nForce chipset driver package, which is suitable for their mainboard chipset. If you find there a file named TXTSETUP.OEM, you should integrate just the content of the SATA_IDE folder as textmode driver.
    Alternatively you can integrate the SATARAID folder (which always has a TXTSETUP.OEM) as textmode driver (similar to the instructions for real SataRaid systems), but in this case only the offered "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)" should be loaded during the textmode driver integration part of the nLite processing. Don't load the "NVIDIA RAID Class Driver (required)", if you don't have an nForce RAID.
    Attention: These options are only valid, if the NVIDIA RAID Controllers are disabled within the BIOS. Otherwise you have to use the "normal" SataRaid driver integration method as layed down above (SATARAID as textmode driver and SATA_IDE as PnP driver).
  • Some mainboards (for example ASUS ones) have no SATA, but only SATARAID ports. Have a look into your mainboard manual, if you have to enable SATA and RAID within your BIOS, even when you have not built a RAID array. In this case you should integrate the SATARAID folder of the suitable nForce IDE drivers and load both "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller" and "NVIDIA RAID Class Driver" (as written above for real nForce RAID arrays).

B. Tips for users with a SATA RAID array outside the OS partition:

  • Users with an nForce Sata-RAID array, who are going to install any OS onto an IDE or non-AHCI S-ATA drive, which is outside the RAID, should not integrate any nForce SataRaid drivers. They will be able to get the OS installed without any problems.
  • Once the OS is up, you should run the installer of the suitable nForce chipset driver package. After the reboot, the RAID array normally will be detected by the OS.
  • If the OS should not show the RAID device and their partitions, you should do the following:
    • Open the Device Manager and check, if you see the "NVIDIA nForce RAID Controller" within the "SCSI and RAID Controllers" section. If not, you haven't enabled the NVIDIA RAID Controllers within the BIOS.
    • If you see the "NVIDIA nForce RAID Controller", you have to open the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section and look for the "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controllers", where your RAIDed SATA hdd's are connected to. 
    • Right click onto these Controllers and do a driver software "update" until you see the compatible devices.
    • Choose the "NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controllers", if they are shown as compatible.
    • After the reboot your OS will see and will be able to work with the datas of the RAID array.

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