We have similar systems and you may want to read the posts about SATA drives
on this motherboard with the Sil 3132 SATA controller and Nvidia chipsets.
Very long story short. Install a standard (but good) EIDE drive in IDE 0
and do a dual-boot install so you can retain your WinXP setup (for now) and
Vista x64 to play with until the vendors get this sorted out.
Yes, WinXP will load to SATA and the install package for Vista loads to SATA
but when it does that reboot where the Vista install is done and you're
booting into Vista to complete the install - it goes black with a blinking
cursor (or not) and no error codes. I have downloaded the Sil 3132
controller drivers for both the 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) versions and
loaded them in during the Vista install (small Load Drivers lower right of
install window). It appears that it does not retain them.
I have Vista x64 up and running (and I like it...) on a spare EIDE drive I
have and when you get to do the first MS update, you will note that the
first update you'll see is one for the Sil3132 SATA controller.
The other posts I've made tell you what I've tried and what others have
suggested. Carlos found a good article which he posted a link to under one
of my posts http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/1-vt66299.html?start=0
. It's a
bit long once you start clicking on the links and a bit confusing - so read
it a couple of times and I think you'll agree - there's a problem. I have
not tried the suggested fixes in that article (and other links). It's not
just about RAID controllers so don't let that throw you off. It may not be
the problem but for right now, everything I've tried and have found out so
far points in that direction. It's either the Nvidia or SATA drivers that
are the problems.
Once its installed on an EIDE drive and you download the updates - it see's
all the SATA drives but not before if you're doing a clean install. I know
that's confusing but I'm a bit burned out tonight.....
"Martin Racette" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I'm attempting to upgrade my XP Pro, to Vista Ultimate, everything went
> nicely upto the point that the computer rebooted, and then I got a BSOD
> with either 0x0000007E, or 0x0000000A, or 0x00000050. But mostly the first
> I even attempted to boot from the Vista DVD, but I got the problem
> My Hardware is:
> Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
> Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS
> RAM: 4Gb
> HDD: 2 x 74Gb SATA, 2 x 400Gb SATA, 1 x 250Gb SATA
> BTW one of the 2 74Gb is the one on which XP (and Vista will be) installed
> Thank you in advance
> Merci a l'avance