Long shot -- try attaching a network cable at the back of your NIC port.
Also, update to the latest BIOS/Firmware available @ http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19400&lang=eng
Jytan , Thanks for the input. I had a network cable connected and had upddates installed. I didnt try the EFT engine. I rang Intel and had a long discussion with one of the techs. He advised me and talked to me whilst i manually configured the RAID on the server. I had previously used the Server Deployment CD to do all of the configuring for me. Never Again. Do it manually and dont rely on the cd to correctly configure a server for you. Even though the cd went through the process and reported it all well and done, never leave a task to someone else, or in this case something else when you can do it yourself! We configured the RAID as i needed it to be. RAID 1 and installed windows without a hitch. It asked for drivers , RAID drivers at the correct time and it was done. Grrrr a long wasteful weekend , but a lesson learned i wont forget in a hurry!