Sorry but with my setup I probably have do that over a hundred times and never had a problem. Sounds like a RMA is necessary to get your board replaced.
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What driver version are you using for the Areca?
Have you got a Battery Backup Module installed?
If so, is it activating on a restart? D13 will light and the speaker on the BBM will beep. In that case the BBM could be holding corupt data in the cache ram, which would cause it to reboot every 300seconds.
Try the restart without the BBM.
Thats everyone for replies, No, I do not yet have battery unit, and I don't get restarted every 300 secs, system wont pick up drives unless full shut down and startup. Its not a real hassle, just can't restart windows. I am waiting for responce from acera!
I was having trouble with my 1880ix16 and BBM, (i Know you dont have it) It was corupting the cache ram on a power fail test.
Areca sent me a link to their beta firmware build 20110218, that fixed it for me.
Controller Name ARC-1880 Firmware Version V1.49 2011-02-18 BOOT ROM Version V1.49 2011-02-18 PL Firmware Version 126.96.36.199
Good news, I swapped out 8 drives. Problem solved. They had previously been working fine on highpoint 3520 card. But thats computers!
Glad its sorted. Will be running PPBM5 tonight.