Thank for the post.
I will explain to you why you have received this error message "Boot Failure, press any key to continue".
It is not a problem at all, it is normal behaviour.
When you are doing a BIOS Update by any method (Recovery, Iflash, ISO, Express), the bios is restored to default if done succesfully.
The error message "Boot Failure, press any key to continue" indicates that there is no boot device, it cannot find a bootable media to load the system.
When the bios is restored to defaults, some settings like:
Advanced >> Drive Configuration >> Configure SATA as will be reset to IDE. (if it was raid or ahci, it will be reset to IDE)
Boot >> Boot Device Priority >> settings will be reset to defaults.
CD/DVD Rom Drive
So since the boot drive priority has changed, it is looking for a bootable media on the cd drive which is first on the list.
Of course, if you insert a bootable vista cd, it will boot onto the drive.
If nothing found, it will look if there is any bootable media in the floppy drive (Note: Usb Floppy drive still are available - this is why it is in the bios settings)
If nothing found again, it will look on the drive.Then it displays the error message.
This is why after upgrading a bios, if you had a raid on the drives, make sure to reconfigure the settings in the bios.
Configure SATA as RAID
Change the Boot Device Priority.
Check your raid configuration using the Ctrl + I to go onto the raid bios.
Check on the BIOS release notes: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/17547/eng/ID_0093_ReleaseNotes.pdf
Hope this helps a bit.
Thanks again for the post.
Whilst I appreciate your post and your effort to assist, what you say is, although correct, not the issue. Unfortunately I have been away all week and only just seen your reply. I will go through the problems again - please read all of it:-
1) I built the PC and set the bios for RAID1 Mirrored
2) Installed Vista SP1 and Drivers - so far so good.
3) Updated bios
4) Reset bios from default IDE to RAID ( I fully understand it hasn't got a cat in hells chance of booting if set to IDE)
5) DOES NOT BOOT WITH STANDARD BOOT ORDER CD/DVD Rom Drive, Floppy Drive, Hard Drive
I agree it cannot see a boot device - but it SHOULD
6) If you put the Vista CD in one of the CD drivers and restart then it sees the bootable CD and asks you to press any key if you want to boot from it. If you ignore it, it then times out and BOOTS FROM THE HARD DRIVE. Why can it only boot from the hard drive if you have a bootable CD in the CD Drive??
7) I changed the boot order to Hard Drive, CD/DVD Rom Drive, Floppy Drive and it boots onto the hard drive faultlessly.
8) The bios is incorrectly reporting the devices on the SATA ports (And the SATA port numbers on the board don't sgree with the sticker and neither agree with the bios (Is this normal?)
9) The raid volume (two physical disks, physically wired to Sata Ports 1 & 2) is reported in the bios as being attached to only SATA Port 1.
10) The 2 CD drives are wired to SATA ports 3 & 4 - yet the Bios reports them as being on ports 2 & 3 (Thus OVERLAPPING with the HDDS)
11) The bios only PARTIALLY shows the name of the CD on Port 4.
12) I would be willing to wager a sum of money that there is a problem with the bios and would appreciate it if you would actually check what I am reporting to you as a problem.
Sorry if I seem tetchy, but I spent time resolving this issue, time reporting it to you and as a degree qualified engineer who has been building PCs for industrial applications based on Intel manufactured motherboards since 386 days I get cross when I don't think my point is being taken seriously. Sloppyness like the SATA port numbers not agreeing between the board/documentation and bios can easily be avoided.
It's normal when using RAID1 (or other RAIDs for that matter) for the RAID volume to appear in place of whatever hard drives comprise it.
All RAID controllers, not just Intel's, present the RAID array to the system BIOS instead of the individual drives. There's no way to access
the individual drives in the RAID except thru the RAID BIOS.
This is why you see Raid1 as the first (and only) drive on the drive configuration screen. Further, if you have any other SATA drives
(HD or CD/DVD), they are remapped from their original port to the lowest available port on the drive configuation screen. If you have
multiple additional drives, this could get confusing, but it's normal.