Chaintech VNF3-250 and ATI Radeon 9800 Pro incompatibility
Tong Family Blog: Installing a new Windows PC. I've had a terrible stability problem with Calvin's machine.
The issues are that when I would restart the system, one of the IDE drives (Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB) wouldn't get recognized and I'd have to wait 10 minutes before starting the machine. Also, when I plugged in my Konica-Minolta Dimage 5400, the system would hang.
Well, found the source of the trouble. A strange one. I swapped the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro card for a eVGA 6800GT card and the Dimage 5400 hang went away and now it starts pretty reliability even on a restart and recognizes all the drives.
I don't completely understand why an AGP Video card would impact the IDE subsystem, but word to the wise on this if you have the Chaintech VNF3-250 board.