original title: Blue Screen (BCOD) Windows 7 (hard drive raid error) after identital motherboard swap
I have an ASUS M3N78-em motherboard that has a bad Ethernet adapter. I got an advanced replacement (identical version and bios) motherboard from ASUS. My system has 5 hard drives (4x640gb raid-0 and a 80gb all sata) running in raid mode on the motherboard controller (nvidea raid). In the bios startup it says the raid is working fine and all hard drives are detected. When trying to reboot windows on the replacement motherboard, I get a BCOD with an error on the raid hard drive. Windows then goes into repair mode and tries to fix the problem, three hours later (fix attempt and hard drive error checking) it say windows can't find any error (sends report to microsft). Upon reboot the cycle repeats. Same results from safe mode.
I had another hard drive laying around (80gb) with an identical copy of windows on it, and I can load that one fine (the bios is set up as raid and I have the right hard drive selected for each boot) IN the bios startup it says the raid is working fine and all hard drives are detected. After I get into windows on the non-raid drive (80gb) I can access the raid drive (4x640gb) fine.
The strange part: Since I have two motherboards, I can put the hard drives back on the original motherboard and windows boot fine raid drive or non-raid drive. On the original board, the order of hard drive connection does not matter either.
ASUS support is conflicted, depending on who I talk to, one says return for another motherboard, another (I do not trust) says it must be a windows driver error and I have done something wrong.
I need to know if this might be a windows problem or a motherboard problem - another RMA?
I know the best way to test the motherboard would be to try and install another raid-0 on the non-booting raid board, but I am out of hard drives.