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Old 08-11-05, 07:41 AM
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SCSI Boot Problem (after new RAID card)

I've added an IDC Raid Controller Card to our Gateway 960MS server. It's set up as RAID 1 and seems to be set-up all right but I still want it to boot up just like it was with the SCSI drives but seems to be trying to boot off the new IDE drives, it's showing "Error Loading Operating System". Under BIOS it still has the first SCSI drive as the first Hard Drive boot device, with the new RAID drives listed last. Any clue as to why it just doesn't boot up like it did, thanks.
Old 08-11-05, 07:58 AM
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From what I'm reading, I think you're talking about the SCSI ID. You need to look for the boot sequence in the BIOS and have it boot SCSI or the SCSI controller first. If you don't have that option, you're screw.
Old 08-11-05, 08:14 AM
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In BIOS there is the boot device options:
1) Floppy
2) CD-Rom
3) Hard Drives

Then under Hard Drives
1)SCSI (0)
2)SCSI (1)
3)SLI680 Mirrored Raid

Maybe I have to connect to IDC drives to the motherboard IDE controllers first and format them and such before I transfer them to the RAID card.
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Base on what you've posted of the BIOS, it should work. I don't think formatting your IDE drives in the motherboard IDE controllers first will help at all. Looks like you might have to edit the boot.ini and change the multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1) to multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)
Old 08-11-05, 11:56 AM
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Nope, that didn't do it. Formatting didn't either, just like you said. Is it worth it to try disk(2,3,4,ect) untill it works? Thanks for the help so far.
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Is the SCSI controller on-board or a PCI card? If it's a PCI card, try to rearrange between the SCSI controller and the IDE RAID controller.
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It's on-board so that can't be done.
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Can't you disable your onboard RAID controller in the BIOS?
Old 08-11-05, 01:28 PM
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It's the SCSI controller that is on-board, the RAID controller is a PCI card, after installing the RAID card I would like it to continue to boot off the SCSI drives like it is now, but it's not.
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some bioses have a separate 'boot from pci device' option that should be disabled in your case. does yours have that?
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Also, do you have the latest BIOS? May be an updated BIOS might have more flexibility for the bootup.
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I haven't seen anything like that, I just updated the BIOS without any help, but I'll go over it again to see if there is something like that.
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Oh, I was having a hard time figuring what you wanted to boot off of. Is this real SCSI or just IDE devices that are called SCSI by the system?

Your problem is that the booting portion of the BIOS on the card is enabled and possibly its memory address is lower than the one you want to boot from. You may have no flexibilty with that card though.
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Real SCSI, Adaptec 7988 controller on-board. I'll play with boot.ini like Zuffy was suggesting, problem is that this is also our printer server at work so I can't do much with it for too long before getting evil looks. I'll look into turning off the boot option of the card (if I can find it). Thanks for the suggestion.
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Did you add an "IDC Raid Controller Card" or an "IDE Raid Controller Card"?

See if you can get into the BIOS of the onboard SCSI controller and lower its memory address. Possibly some other parameters.

Which slot the new controller is in can also affect the boot order.
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It's IDE sorry (I work for IDC Corporatioin so I do that alot), good idea, I'll start with that tomorrow.
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Well, I've given up on the RAID option. I've just connected the two drives to the on-board IDE controller and run a batch file to copy everything from one drive to the other every night. Not fancy but gets the job done, maybe sometime later someone can help get the RAID running. Thanks.

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