I'm new to this group, so apologies if this has been said before.
I have just installed Win2k on my system, which runs a Abit BE6 mobo.
First, download Win2k drivers for the Highpoint controller either from Abit
or Highpoint themselves. Once done, expand them onto the root of a floppy
In the Abit Award Bios, go to BIOS settings and ensure that the boot routine
reads A, Ext, C and that Ext devices are UDMA66, not SCSI. These settings
are together, about 1/3 of the way down the column.
At the start of the installation routine with floppy setup disk 1, Win2k
will ask if you want to install any additional SCSI controllers (this
message is fairly short lived, so watch out for it). Press F6 to confirm.
After setup disk 2 has installed, you will be asked to insert your driver
disk for additional SCSI controllers. Insert the disk you created, follow
the prompts and then continue the installation routine with the remaining
two windows setup floppies. You will be asked for the Highpoint disk once
more as the Win2k CD installation kicks in.
If all is OK, Win2k should then install. If you then go to device manager,
you will see two Highpoint controllers under SCSI devices. You need to use
your Highpoint disk once more to update those drivers, which will be found
if you point the search to the A drive.
Hope this helps.
> I gave up on this board totally (be6 II) through not being able to get the
> hpt66 controller working after spending over 2 weeks trying various
> drivers/fixes/bios upgrades/tweaks etc etc.....
> The pci controller card will work ok (I tried it before ditching the
> board) - I used a promise version.
> If I remember rightly I didn't disable the hpt controller in bios or
> I just didn't use it. I installed win2k with the hdd on ide0. This seemed
> bit pointless to me and since not being able to use the ide3 +4 channels,
> and my by now total mis-trust of the board, I turned to an msi 694d pro
> Incidentally, the exact same hardware installed no problem on this board
> it seemed to confirm that the hpt controller was the "culprit".
> Over on the abit newsgroup there is a guy who posts as TomG, he was very
> helpful in trying to resolve the problem for me (even though we never
> succeeded), but some of the advice he gave enabled other people to get up
> and running (different cards to mine and usually not win2k) so you might
> well to have a look there and see if you can get any help.
> Hope you have better luck than I did......
> ***** replace you know what with btinternet *****
> > I've been trying to install Win2k on my system but the installation
> > locks up. I have been told that there is a compatibility issue with the
> > on-board HighPoint ATA/66 controller, and that the only way to solve
> > to disable this controller and install a PCI controller card. Has
> > experienced this problem? Does this sound like a good solution, and how
> > I disable the onboard controller (I don't see that option in the BIOS)?
> > I did download the newest HighPoint drivers for Win2k and installed them
> > when asked during Win2k installation but it did not work.
> > Thanks...ADam