[rescue] Booting SATA on an old BIOS

Kevin kevin at mpcf.com
Wed Dec 8 07:30:39 CST 2004

The only two options that i have seen work with SATA controllers
have been:

1. Boot from option ROM
2. Boot from SCSI, assuming that there are no "real" SCSI
controllers present.

As usual, i could be wrong but, if you don't have either of these
options available to you, i don't see how you could accomplish


On Tue,  7 Dec 2004 22:26:18 +0000
goten at squad-wars.com wrote:

> I've been trying for the past few days to get my new SATA drive
> (80GB SATA150 Seagate 7200RPM Barracuda) to boot without an IDE
> drive in the system. My BIOS has no settings that want to work
> with booting the SATA drive (it's a PCI controller, not an
> on-motherboard controller).
> So far, I've managed to get my BIOS a year closer to current
> (now it's 16/01/2003 rather than 19/07/2002), which didn't get
> me anything other than the ability to boot from USB...
> I really don't want to have an IDE drive in the system (other
> than my CD/RW and DVD drives, that is)... For reference, here
> are my PC specs:
> CPU Type: Intel Celeron 4, 1700 MHz (17 x 100)
> Motherboard Name: Soltek SL-85MIV(-L)  (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DIMM,
> Audio, Video) Motherboard Chipset: VIA VT8751 Apollo P4M266
> System Memory: 640 MB  (DDR SDRAM)
> BIOS Type: Award (01/16/03)
> Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200  (128 MB)
> 3D Accelerator: nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
> Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]
> Audio Adapter: VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller
> IDE Controller: VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
> SCSI/RAID Controller: Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATALink
> Controller Disk Drive: Maxtor 2F030J0  (30 GB, 5400 RPM,
> Ultra-ATA/133) Disk Drive: ST380013 AS SCSI Disk Device  (80
> GB, 7200 RPM, Serial-ATA/150) Optical Drive: ATAPI CDRW 52X32 
> (52x/32x CD-RW) Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8161B 
> (16x/48x DVD-ROM) Network Adapter: D-Link DFE-528TX PCI Adapter
> Any ideas would be good.
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