Finally got the MSDN Full DVD version of Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 to install.
1. Swapped the 8GB of DDR2-PC8500 / 1066 memory temporarily for 4GB of
DDR2 PC800 memory. Curiously the 1066 memory passed all memory tests and
neither XP32 nor XP64 had any problems with it either installing or running.
The motherboard can handle either speed but the current CPU limits it to 800
2. Had to give Vista SP1 Installation the 32 bit SB600 RAID drivers to get
it to install. First gave it access to the 64 bit SB600 RAID drivers. The
installation came back with a cryptic message saying in effect that you
shouldn't install 32 bit and 64 bit drivers that weren't signed or
appropriate for the hardware. Installation was basically stuck in a loop
with the message coming back up every time the user tried to select the 64
bit RAID driver. Finally, clicked on the directory with 32 bit driver and it
took the driver and proceeded to install.
Vista SP1 has exhibited some stability issues after putting the faster
memory back in. The faster memory worked okay in another box on a Gigabyte
MA-770-DS3 motherboard with Vista 64 (no SP1). Need to do some more testing
to determine if the memory is faulty or it just doesn't work well with Vista
on the higher end motherboard. The fast memory and the motherboard are very
stable on XP32.
> I just built a new system using a GigaByte MA-790FX-DS5 motherboard / 8GB RAM
> (4x2GB - DDR2 - PC8500-1066)/ Athlon X2 - 4850e with 2 150GB WD-Raptor drives
> / 20x Pioneer DVD Burner. (Plan to replace the Athlon with a 45nm Phenom
> later in the year). Using a SATA RAID 0/AHCL configuration on the SB600
> connectors. XP32 loaded without any major problems and is running fine.
> I've run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool loaded by Vista using the
> Extended tests and it appears to be fine.
> Tried to install Vista 64 on a Primary Partition. The SATA drivers were
> loaded. 2.5.1540.47 from GigaByte and later tried the MSI 2.5.1540.48 build
> for the same SB600 chip. Attempted installation about 6 times with failures
> occurring at varying points in the installation. I understand from Googling
> the issue that many, many people have had similar issues attempting to
> install Vista 64 with a RAID 0 using AHCL on the SB600 chipset. Is there a
> fix for the problem? Is the problem fixed in Vista SP1?
> Thanks for any information.