[mythtv-users] OT: SATA errors

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Thu Jul 16 22:16:27 UTC 2009

On Thursday 16 July 2009 15:56:12 Harry Devine wrote:
> John Drescher wrote:
> >> OK, here's an update.  I bought a new internal SATA controller card from
> >> NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815280008)
> >> and just installed it.  The PC won't boot from the HD.  I get "Insert
> >> System Disk and try again" (something like that).  I can boot to the
> >> LiveCD and see the HDs under /dev (/sda is my main OS disk and /sdb is
> >> my storage drive for Myth).
> >>
> >> I mount the sda1 partition since I know that's where my /boot partition
> >> is. I can see the files, so I'm not really sure why the system can't
> >> boot from the drive.  I know that in my MB, there were options for the
> >> Onboard SATA controller, but I disabled it since I figured that would
> >> interfere with the new card.
> >> Does anyone have any ideas on what I need to do to get the OS to boot
> >> from the drive on this new card?
> >
> > Is the drive marked active in fdisk? Do you have the controller listed
> > in the boot section of your bios (sometimes this will be called
> > external card or try other interfaces...)?
> >
> > John
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> No, my BIOS doesn't have anything for a controller card.  Only the
> Onboard SATA (enabled/disabled).  When you say fdisk, do you mean the
> old DOS fdisk?  Why would the onboard SATA not require that but the new
> card would?  Just curious.
> I don't see anything about the card, or any external card for that
> matter, in my BIOS.  When I boot off the LiveCD, like I said, I can see
> the card when I run lspci, and the system can see my drives properly as
> /dev/sda and /dev/sdb.
> Any ideas?
Your last sentence just means the OS drivers work and can see the drives. but 
you need your BIOS to see the drives in order to boot from them.

Usually, there is some BIOS on the SATA card that gets loaded, similar to a 
SCSI card.

I use a SuperMicro SATA card, and the system sees the drives and boots from 
them, but it's a SuperMicro motherboard so it's designed to work with the 
card (or vice versa).

Depending on your SATA card, there might be a jumper or something that tells 
it to try and load its BIOS.

Try looking up the docs on your mobo, there might be information about booting 
from a plug-in card. It might be under something like "booting from SCSI".

Also make sure you have the latest BIOS installed in your motherboard.

Brian Wood
beww at beww.org

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