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Juan Pena Jul 15, 2009, 05:28pm EDT Report Abuse
hello all.

I have been struggling with this problem almost a week now. I have read here and on the net from people with the same problem but different hardware. I have tried but no luck.

I have a computer with an M863G pcchips mobo; this has ide ports, but no sata ones. I need to install two sata devices: harddisk and dvd, no ide devices any more. So I bought a pci card with two sata ports. I plugged them into the sata ports and powered them.

Now the mobo bios does not have any option regarding sata, scsi or whatever since it has no sata ports. So I installed drivers onto floppy drive.

Turn on the cpu, shows info for the new card, start reinstalling XP, press F6; it reads the floppy, pick up the right choice, it continues installing... and then it says it cannot find any hard disk. And here is where I am stuck.

I have tried with two different cards, two different models, same results. So I guess I am missing something important, but am not clear what.

Any help here? Thanks in advance,


Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
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habs fan Jul 15, 2009, 05:50pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
Does your motherboard BIOS have an option to boot from PCI? If so you should set it as the first boot device.

Juan Pena Jul 15, 2009, 06:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
Thanks for the quick reply.

But no, the bios does not offer booting from pci. Thanks for the help,

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
Dr. Peaceful Jul 16, 2009, 02:16pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
Juan, for older mobo with only IDE and no SATA, there may not be a way to have it boot from a SATA drive. Using a PCI SATA interface card may only allow you to use SATA drive(s) as data storage, not as main operating system boot drive. This is because of BIOS limitations.

I guess the best way is to find an IDE hard drive and install Windows in it. Use that to boot into windows. Then use the PCI SATA card for hooking up optical drive and SATA storage drive. Hope that helps.

Juan Pena Jul 16, 2009, 03:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
thanks for the help.

Your comment does not apply to this mobo, at least, since its bios does show the sata hd on the pci card. So it does allow me to boot from it.

In any case, I decided yesterday to let it rest for the day. Early today, I disassembled the computer, took a coffee and decided to start putting it all together again. And know what? It worked! don't ask me what I had done wrong before! No idea.

In any case, windows installed perfectly on the only working harddisk, the sata one. machine boots no problem now.

thanks for the help, guys.

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
Meats_Of_Evil Jul 16, 2009, 03:34pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
I love when these things happen, it's like a kind spirit of technology watches over us. :_)

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Everything I write is Sarcasm.
Juan Pena Jul 17, 2009, 08:57am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: I give up... unless you can help me here!
computer still works right. However, I found out that...

... it does not boot from the disk in the sata dvd. When starting the machine, the mobo bios does show the sata hd but not the sata dvd, so it allows me to boot from the hd, but not from the dvd. To make it even more perplexing, the sata bios does show both the hd and the dvd attached to it, unlike the mobo bios. when installing windows, I used an ide dvd to simplify things, that is why I did not notice this before.

I am not going to over worry over this since the machine works great. Still, I would like to know why the mobo bios does not show the dvd. Strange, isn't it?

Anyhow, if anybody has a possible explanation, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance, Juan.

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW


 

    
 
 

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