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Follow-up to Can't install Vista x64 to SATA Drives (for Rock....;-) setup

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Follow-up to Can't install Vista x64 to SATA Drives (for Rock....;-)
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard (with nForce chipset that includes the
SATA controller *and* also has a Silicone Image SATA controller - used for
the external SATA connector on this mb)
AMD x2 CPU 3800+
2x - GeForce 6800 graphic cards - non-SLI mode
2x - WDC 740GD Raptor 10Krpm drives (one has WinXP Pro installed, one has
Vista 32 bit ver - now)
2x - WDC 250/320 GB SATA drives (used for storage)
2x - EIDE drives on IDE-0 (one has Vista x64 bit ver installed, other drive
is storage)
2x - DVD's on IDE-1

Have gone thru many iterations of various configurations - from having this
box tore down to its shorts and everything not needed turned off in the BIOS
and/or removed from the chassis to trying everything I could dream of in a
fully loaded box but I could not get (and still can't) Vista x64 to install
on an internal SATA drive.

I'll distinguish the SATA drives as internal (4x) or external (1x) because
this is important. The internal SATA controller is part of the nForce4
chipset and the external SATA drive is controlled by a Sil 3132 SATA

Problem - Can not install Vista x64 to an internal SATA drive

I can install the x64 version on an IDE drive and can install the 32 bit
version on a SATA drive.

We want Vista 64 bit version installed on the fast WDC Raptor SATA drive. I
have one Raptor drive with WinXP Pro on it and it runs like a scared cat....
We use AutoCad, Microstation, PhotoShop CS which all can benefit from 4Gb of
memory and a 64 bit OS.

Initially (and wrongly) was suspecting the Sil3132 SATA controller as being
the culprit. It's not and after lots of testing, it looks like the Nvidia
nForce4 SATA controller may be the problem. The Nvidia site does not have a
download for this chipset yet to support Vista x64. Obviously, the nForce
SATA controller works fine (so far) with the 32 bit version.

So I have a "triple-boot" configuration to play with for awhile with WinXP
and Vista 32 bit on two separate Raptors and Vista x64 on a fast Seagate IDE
drive so I can test the programs, etc.

So anyone else trying to load 64 bit onto a SATA drive with the nForce
chipset - you can't do it just yet. There's lots of complaining about
Nvidia not having their drivers ready for Vista. I won't grouse about
that - stuff happens.

One thing I did not try is loading Vista x64 to the external SATA drive. I
believe the BIOS supports that but at this point in time, I'm a bit burnt

Thanks to all who offered suggestions, did some site searching for me and
provided some support during the wee hours of the past two nights. It works
but not as I had hoped but I'm sure Nvidia will have a fix soon.

Any questions - call 1-800-GOD-HELP (and that used to get you Nortel's
support line....)


Bob S.

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