My first post here. Let’s see if I can fix this:
(Obs: this board supports only SATA 1 (150mb/s) HDs - nVidia 4Ultra chipset)
–> bought a brand new WD Black 500Gb (WD5001AALS); plugged it on the SATA1 connector of this board; booted via WinXP install CD-ROM; hit F6 to load 3rd party drivers; when prompted by the installar, I inserted the 1’44 diskette on the floppy driver and it installed the Sis drivers; then I proceed to the format section where I created a primary partition of 30Gb only (to install the OS) and left the rest unformatted. The installer proceeded and copied all files to the HD, then it asked me to reboot.
I did it but when it boots from HD, the screen just shows a bunch of weird white lines on the top of it, all screwed up (like you draw a line on the paper and try to erase it). This blotted/burry white grid occupies only 1/10 of the screen, on the top of it. Rest of screen is black. Ctrl+Alt+Del works and I’m able to reboot the system but I just can’t pass by this…
–> Motherboard bios is the latest (1013), Silicon SATA/RAID Bios is latest (4.2.83), .sys and .inf drivers are the standard we can find around the internet (even from ASUS website). I’ve also tried jumping the HD in pins 7-8 and 5-6 (trying to get that Advanced Format thing going on and trying to limit it to 1.5Gb/s - SATA1 standards as per the HD info: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2534&p_created=&p_cats=185&p_cv=1.185&p_pv=2.279&p_prods=227%2C279). Nothing helped.
–> Windows used is SP2.
–> If I plug this HD in an existing Windows SP2 system (installed in a 40Gb IDE HD), it’s recognized normally, I can operate it normally, create/delete partitions, etc