Setting up a RAID 0 System (Intel® Desktop Boards D875PBZ and D865PERL)
Intel® RAID Technology for Serial ATA is supported with Microsoft Windows* XP only. The RAID driver MUST be installed before the operating system is installed. The following steps outline how to build a RAID 0 system with Microsoft* Windows* XP installed on a RAID 0 Volume using two SATA hard drives.
Loading Un-Signed Drivers
- Assemble the system using a motherboard that supports Intel RAID Technology and attach two SATA hard drives.
- Enter System BIOS Setup; ensure that Intel RAID Technology is enabled. When done, exit Setup.
- Upon re-boot you will see the Intel RAID BIOS status message on the screen - press CTRL-I to enter the Intel® RAID Option ROM user interface. Within this UI select option #1 'Create RAID Volume'. Enter a volume name, press enter, select the strip size (128KB is the default), press enter, press enter again, then press 'Y' to confirm. Once this is done, exit the Option ROM user interface.
- Begin Windows XP Setup by booting from the installation CD.
- At the beginning of Windows XP Setup, press F6 to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver. When prompted, insert a floppy disk containing the Intel RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the 'Intel® 82801ER SATA RAID Controller' will be presented -- select this driver to install.
- Finish the Windows XP installation and install all necessary drivers.
- Install the Intel Application Accelerator RAID Edition 3.0 software via the CD-ROM included with your motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add the Intel Application Accelerator RAID Edition 3.0 user interface utility that can be used to manage the RAID configuration.
Microsoft Windows* XP looks for a driver "signature" before loading any third party drivers. A digital signature verifies that Microsoft has validated the driver for use with Microsoft Windows* XP. Device drivers that have not yet been certified by Microsoft will pop up a message stating so. If the 'Digital Signature Not Found' dialog appears, click 'Yes' to continue installing the driver.
Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Update Utility)
There are resources in Intel chipsets that are not automatically recognized by Microsoft Windows XP. It is critical that the INF utility is installed in order to enable chipset features and optimize performance with Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based systems.
||It is also critical that the INF utility is installed first before any other drivers.|
The INF can be installed from the Intel® Express Installer CD or you may download and use the latest Intel INF installation utility. To download the latest Intel INF installation utility, select your board model:
Integrated LAN (Optional)
The drivers for the on-board LAN adapter can be installed from the driver CD or you may download and install the latest LAN adapter driver from Intel's Web site. To download the latest LAN adapter driver, select your board model:
Integrated Audio (Optional)
The drivers for the on-board audio can be installed from the driver CD or you may download and install the latest audio driver from Intel's Web site. To download the latest audio driver, select your board model:
Integrated Graphics (Optional)
The drivers for the on-board graphics can be installed from the driver CD or you may download and install the latest graphics driver from Intel's Web site. To download the latest graphics driver, select your board model:
Intel Application Accelerator 2.x
Use the Intel Application Accelerator to automatically enable fast Ultra ATA transfers for a variety of ATA/ATAPI mass storage devices such as hard disk drives and CD-ROMs. This driver takes advantage of the latest Intel Ultra ATA controller features to improve both storage subsystem performance and overall system performance. The Intel Application Accelerator offers a performance advantage for those using Intel Pentium 4 processor-based systems while also offering support for next generation storage technology. The driver includes the Ultra ATA Companion, a diagnostic tool that can be used to view technical details of the ATA subsystem. The Storage Driver can be installed from the driver CD or you may download and install the latest Intel Application Accelerator. To download the latest Intel Application Accelerator, select your board model:
Intel Application Accelerator 3.0 RAID Edition
Intel® Desktop Boards D875PBZ and D865PERL featuring ICH5R use Intel® Application Accelerator 3.0 RAID Edition.
Focusing the latest version of the Intel® Application Accelerator on RAID features using the newest Serial ATA technology was deemed as the best value add for desktop customers as RAID 0 enables higher performance gains for the platform than was possible with previous versions of the Intel Application Accelerator.
If you have an Intel® 875P/ICH5R chipset and are using Parallel ATA (IDE) hard drive(s), you should be able to use the Microsoft* native storage driver built into Windows*. The Microsoft native storage driver supports both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA hard drives.
Enabling Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Windows* XP Service Pack 1 must be installed to support Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Windows XP Service Pack 1 is available from Microsoft's support Web site at: http://support.microsoft.com*. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 must be manually enabled on Windows XP systems that have been upgraded to Service Pack 1.
To manually enable Hi-Speed USB 2.0 once Service Pack 1 has been installed, complete the following steps:
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 should now be enabled. Close the Device Manager and continue to install the necessary drivers using the Intel® Express Installer CD.
- Open the Device Manager for Microsoft Windows* XP
- In the Other devices list, double-click the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
- Select the Driver tab at the top of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller Properties window
- Click on the button labeled Update Driver
- Click on the Next button
- Click on the Finish button
- Click on the Close button
Microsoft* DirectX* 8
Installation of Microsoft DirectX version 8 or later is strongly recommended in order to take advantage of the additional SSE2 instructions of the Intel Pentium 4 processor. However, Windows XP Professional and Home Edition include DirectX v8.1 by default so a software update is not required to take advantage of these new instructions. For the latest version of DirectX, go to the Microsoft DirectX Web site*.
To view the current version of DirectX loaded on any given platform, use the Find option under the Start menu and locate DXdiag.exe. The DirectX Diagnostic tool can help you troubleshoot your DirectX installation as well as display the version of DirectX that is installed on your system.
Power Management Settings
The Power Options applet in the Control Panel dictates sleep operation. Here are some common settings:
Power Schemes tab:
- Power Scheme: "Home/Office Desk
- Turn off monitor: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused.
- Turn off hard disks: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused. System Standby: The amount of idle time before the system enters the sleep (S1 or S3) state.
Serial ATA (Optional)
- "Power Buttons" option: Change the "When I press the power button on my computer" option to "Standby". This will enable the system to go to standby (S3) state instead of shutdown when the power button is pressed.
Web distribution rights granted to Intel for the Microsoft* SATA QFE updates require the driver and updates be made available only through password-protected Web sites. Logon and Password information to download this driver and updates are available on the flyer enclosed with the boxed Intel desktop board.
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
A Microsoft patch for 1394a is required for Windows XP. The patch has been included in the Windows XP Service Pack 1 release and is available from Microsoft's support Web site*.
Third Party Drivers
You'll need to load the drivers for any third party hardware components you plan to install in your PC. Refer to the documentation that comes with such hardware for complete instructions on installation.
This applies to: