I have a D2700DC manufactured January 2012 with the shipped BIOS installed. The board is very nice and the install was very straightforward. But I am having trouble with it in a particular configuration.
A Corsair NOVA 30GB SATA SSD is installed using the SATA controller on the D2700DC.
The system boots fine in this configuration.
I also have 2 Western Digital Green 2TB drives connected to a StarTech PCISATA4R1 RAID controller installed in the PCI slot on the D2700DC. The system will not boot in this configuration. The boot occurs as follows:
Intel BIOS starts OK
Boot sequence lists 30GB SSD as the first device
RAID BIOS starts OK
2TB drives are recognized OK
RAID 0 selected OK
Logical drive set up OK
Screen goes dark with a flashing "-" in the upper left corner.
System stays in this state indefinitely
I tried attaching the SSD to the RAID controller and disabling SATA ont he D2700DC. This did not work.
If I remove the RAID controller, the system will boot fine.
I am wondering if the D2700DC has any known incompatibility with PCI SATA RAID controllers. My intent was to use the SSD as a system disk and the 2TB drives purely for mirrored storage (basically a server configuration).
Thanks for the ideas. Running outside the chassis did not resolve the issue so this does not appear to be a grounding issue. I don't have another power supply so I can't try that. However, it's a 220W supply running an atom, RAID card, 2 hard drives and 1 SSD so I think that's OK.
My money at the moment is on some incompatibility between the hardware. I'll try another solution -- perhaps a mini PCI e SSD. Hopefully those are supported by the board.