[QUOTE=eric93se;2112334]This might be a vista bug, IIRC. Try using an IDE ODD. Or try using IDE mode instead of AHCI mode in the bios.[/QUOTE]
OK if you look at my previous post you’ll see I mention I can use an IDE DVDRW.
I have for a while used raid.
Am currently trying ACHI.
Might change the layout & give IDE a go over the Bank Holiday.
Depending on weather.
[QUOTE=CDan;2112342]That PCI card will likely need to be flashed to IDE BIOS, you can’t just set it to “IDE mode”. It will be recognized as a RAID card otherwise. Although this shouldn’t be an issue for booting, who knows. I can’t say for certain that this card is in fact bootable. Also good to note that the drivers are not interchangeable either, you must use the SIL RAID driver for RAID BIOS, and IDE driver for IDE BIOS. I wouldn’t bet my life on there being any Vista-compatible drivers either, regardless of any claims by the seller of the card. But the IDE BIOS and driver would have the best chance of working.
One more note, unless the card has the correct type memory chip, it cannot be flashed. But it MUST be in IDE mode for an optical drive to work right on it.[/QUOTE]
The PCI SATA controller is bootable, has been flashed with BASE BIOS + uses the specific driver for ODD’s.
There are Vista compatible drivers too.
The card works fine.
I can boot from ODD’s connected to the card.
I get stuck @ the actual installation of OS, having done in theory the hard part.
As eric93se mentions it may be a Vista bug.
Will leave it for now & maybe try the boards SATA ports set to IDE sometime soon.
Thanks for the responses folks.