You want AHCI mode as this will be the best setting for you.
thank you so much for your answer! Do you think I should have the AHCI Option ROM enabled or disabled?
Yes so that you can boot OS from one of the AHCI drives.
Hi guys, thanks for the help.
I took out the seagate drives and tried to install windows only with the SSD in the machine. No success.
I used AHCI with AHCI Option ROM Enabled.
Should I use any other Configuration?
Many thanks, Eric
Could you provide more details about "No success"? In which step did you encounter the error? Do you have the exact error message?
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I used AHCI with AHCI Option ROM Enabled.
I have not seen a BIOS setting that allows this AHCI & AHCI Option ROM configuration but I think all desktop motherboard have this AHCI Option ROM disabled when only setting AHCI.
Or for it to work with the AHCI Option ROM you need drivers that you load in the Win setup:
or ones listed for S5500 Based Servers that work on desktops anyway.
Thank you very much for the help.
I will try with with the drivers. thank you for the link , did not find it before. Did look for it.
I case you could help this is what is happening:
Let me know if you know additional details.
Basically I used the Intel Deplyoment Assistant to update everything motherboard drivers. Installed windows 7 pro x64 successfully. Updated on the internet. Working fine.
Decided to put in two SATA Barracuda Seagate drives I have. The drives were previously running in another machine with Vista Ultimate x86.
Windows crashed/froze after loading the desktop.
I tried to reinstall, not working. Windows freezes install process at the second stage of its process "2 Installing Windows". After it expands the files. After the first boot on the SSD. The progress bar in the bottom is frozen. Mouse frozen, BUT "Completing installation.." in Bold still cycle the dots . .. ...
I tried several options to install both, alone and together.
Memory has been tested.
First Barracuda 1T has been "clean all"'ed in the disk part. (no partition was created.)
Teste reinstall with AHCI.
Now, I just tried again to reinstall the SSD alone after "clean all" with BIOS on its original settings: "ENHANCED"
Installation is always interrupted in the same place as mentioned before. 2/3 into, give or take, the green progress bar in the bottom of the "2 installing windows"
Many thanks, any help is very welcome.
Windows 7 Professional x64 OEM
Intel Xeon X5650
Active Thermal Solution w/ Fixed Fan.
Nvidia Quadro FX1800 PCIE16 768Mb GDDR3 (PNY)
PC3-10600 DDR3-1333MHz ECC Registered w/ Parity CL9 240-Pin DIMM Single Rank, x4 Memory (Kit of 3) w/ Thermal Sensor (Intel Validated)
160Gb Intel X25-M Mainstream Sata Solid-State Drive
1TB Baracuda 7200.12 Sata 7200 RPM 32Mb 3.5in (ST31000528AS)
500Gb Barracuda 7200.11 (ST3500320AS)
Thanks for the link. I did find it before.
I am using two Xeons 5650.
Do you know of any link that explains the F6 process. Do you think I should follow this route?
This is the driver page for your workstation.
This is the link to the AHCI driver http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18667&lang=eng
and lastly here is the link to the network drivers http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3073&DwnldID=18388&ProductFamily=Server+Products&ProductLine=Intel%c2%ae+Workstation+Boards&ProductProduct=Intel%c2%ae+Workstation+Board+S5520SC&lang=eng
because of a bug in the Microsoft embed drivers, you will get a hang or what looks like a hang ( finishes in 4 to 8 hours) at the end of the install.
F6 displays the boot options menu. This is not the normal method for booting.
I would set you HDD as the first boot option followed by CD then network and last EFI.
If you want to boot to the CD to do an OS reload, F6 works great.
Just press F6 during the POST and select the CD\DVD.
One other hint is make sure the HDD you want to install to is the first HDD listed in the HDD boot order.
The TPS has most of the answers to all teh questions you have not yet thought of http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/s5520sc/sb/CS-030231.htm
Thanks a LOT for the the help.
I will try this as soon as I get be to my system.
Many many thanks, will post results asap.
Windows is still not installing.
As per the read me file / instructions to install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology, I copied the requested files to a USB key. The drivers where successfully recognized by windows when I clicked on "Load Driver" prior to the start of the installation process.
Installation process did no complete.
As of right now the installation process is in what could be classified as a hang.
The system is again at "2 Installing windows" at about 2/3 of the way of completion. Mouse is working, the three dots after "Completing Installation..." keep cycling.
I will leave the machine running overnight to see if it finishes installation.
Please let me know if there is another way of installing the updated NIC drivers before windows completes its installation.
Is there a way to run the Intel Deployment Assistant again?
ANY additional help is very welcome.
By the way, I removed the additional hard drives for the installation. Only the SSD is in the machine. I did not set the boot order to boot the SSD first and the CD second.
I will try this if it turns out that the system did not install by the morning.
There are two ways to workaround this issue:
1. During OS installation, make sure the ports are connected to a network, switch or simply back-to-back.
2. Update to BIOS 54
Sorry for dumb question, but at this point I don't want to short circuit anything.
When you guys say "connect a networkcable back to back" do you mean take one end of an ethernet cable and put it into one port and the other end in the other port (without any switchers or anything)?
Many thanks, I will probably try this with the machine connected to the internet through a regular cable modem home, but just in case it doesn't work I can try the back to back method.
Many many thanks for the help.