Intel motherboard woes

I was installing two identical computers with Intel DQ45CB motherboard. I upgraded the bios to the latest (Nov-2008) and tried to boot with Windows 2008 server disk.

I had no luck, the screen displayed press a key to boot from disk, but machine was freezed and thus not responding at all. Also, the raid-configuration screen (bios level) was frozen and one could not do anything with it.

On the other hand, the other machine installed 2008 fine and had no problems at all.

The difference you ask?

Intel ME (management engine) was enabled and the other one had it disabled (had a purpose for disabling it, the bios update failed if the ME was enabled). After enabling, the win 2008 was booting fine and raid-configuration screen was working again.

Doh!

I googled a bit and had some similar problems reported but no affirmative solution. Thus, if you try this and have help, please make a comment.

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