SCSI-3 Boot problem

Posted on 2002-06-26
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
first the hardware list

-Amptron M810 Motherboard
-AMD Duron 800 Processor
-512MB RAM
-Compaq "Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 Controller" (single channel SCSI controller from a "ProLiant" enterprise server) Compaq Part Number: 272514-001
-Compaq (Fujitsu made for Compaq) 9GB 10,000RPM Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 Hard drive. Fujitsu Model Number: MAG3091MP Compaq Part Number: 158733-001
-Other IDE hard drives, CD drives, and Zip drive

Now the problem...

I'm trying to install Windows XP Professional onto the 9GB hard drive.  I am successfull in installing the operating system (or so it says), untill it is time to reboot.  The bios refuses to boot from the hard drive, it simply falls past it in the boot sequence.  I have set the BIOS to boot from SCSI, and even tried removing the other hard drives and CD drives thinking they might be part of the problem.  I have tried other SCSI controllers with hard drives attached, and they work flawlessly.  BUT, unfortunatly I do not have another SCSI-3 hard drive or controller, they're all SCSI-2 or ultra-160.  I also have a Promise ultra100 controller, which works fine to boot from as well, yet this controller and drive combination does not work.

I don't know much of anything about SCSI, each of the drives and controllers I have tried in this machine, were taken from other working systems.  I've never had a problem formatting and reinstalling an operating system on any of the other sets.  I purchased this card new, and the hard drive used, so I'm not absolutely sure I have it set up correctly to boot.  

I have tried the Compaq and Fujitsu sites, for help.  

On the Fujitsu site
I found a chart of jumper settings, and set the drive accordingly.  The only jumper in place on the hard drive is "Force Single Ended: LVD Mode".  I am able to access the hard drive from Windows ME when it's booted from an IDE hard drive, but still no boot from the SCSI. Haven't tried making the hard drive a system drive since ME doesn't support that feature like 98 did.

On the Compaq site, all I found was a specific set of "system drivers" for each model of compaq server.  I didn't find this to be much help, since I do not and probably never will own a compaq enterprise server.  I haven't tried flashing the bios for the card, since it's brand new, I'd like to use that as a last resort.

Like I said before, I'm a "SCSI Moron" so I'm open to any possibilities.

Question by:Smokintbird
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Expert Comment

ID: 7112952
Probably your controller has't boot BIOS itself, may be it stayes in the server and you can boot from it only in corresponding COMPAQ server?

Accepted Solution

frache earned 300 total points
ID: 7113313

Problem is simple :
You have a scsi card without bios ... you can install XP because you boot on a floppy on a CD and you load driver necessary for your card ...

When this card is in Proliant server, it's works because this server has a "specific" bios for motherboard and scsi card.


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ID: 7113826
You must read : floppy or a CD


In my opinion, you can connect your SCSI3 drive to a U160 scsi controller.

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Expert Comment

ID: 7113902
Disk interface : LVD / ultra2 scsi -> "scsi3"

About your jumper : unplug this jumper if you want LVD mode and  improve the performances.


Author Comment

ID: 7114250
first off, I expected to hear about the bios on the card, I assume you're correct in saying that the controller has no boot bios, since it doesn't show itself at boot up like the other cards I've got.

Next, I borrowed the ultra-160 card from another server, and it wouldn't boot the SCSI3 hard drive either.  BUT, when I looked at the support site for the card, it doesn't support WideUltra Oh well, on that idea...

What's the cheapest 68 pin SCSI-3 controller card that will boot the system?  I've looked around a bit, but none of the cards I've seen said yes or no to booting capabilities.

Another option, I kinda doubt it if this would work, but would it be possible to boot the windows XP system from a floppy?  I've got linux systems setup this way, but I didn't think it was possible to make a windows system work from floopy boot.

I suppose another SCSI-3 controller is probably my best option, does anyone have any PCI controller cards that they are 100% sure work for SCSI3 and Booting?  I'm looking for brand and model numbers that are KNOWN to work for what I want.


Expert Comment

ID: 7115732
"Next, I borrowed the ultra-160 card from another server, and it wouldn't boot the SCSI3 hard drive either.  BUT, when I looked at the support site for the card, it doesn't support WideUltra Oh well, on that idea...

-> Are you sure ? curious ...
-> Can you give us more details about your U160  card ?
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Expert Comment

by:Kyle Schroeder
ID: 7116739
DId you jumper the drive to ID 0 and set the card to boot from ID 0?  If you're not getting a ScSI configuration message after POST, then the above comments about the SCSI BIOS living in the ProLiant are probably correct.  I'll warn you now, that Adaptec Ultra320 card is gonna be mighty pricey...

To borrow from jhance...did you check and Recheck and RECHECK that you have the termination set properly?


Author Comment

ID: 7118618
ok here's what I know...

first off, I checked the settings on the U160 card, and you were correct.  It will boot from the U160 Card...BUT, it belongs in another server, so alas I can not use it permanently.  But it did work!

Second off, I have purchased another SCSI card, and am waiting for it to arrive from adaptec.  I'm sure it will boot properly, I found it on the knowledge base for the card. So I'll wait and see, but I'm pretty sure it'll boot on my machine since the U160 did once I had it set properly (it was set to boot from SCSI 1 not SCSI 0).

And third, I am giving the points to "frache" since he has put in the most work on the question.  I appreciate the help, even if you told me things I didn't want to time I'll do more research before I buy.  Oh well, I'll just package up the card and sell it on EBAY!  lol


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ID: 7152675
Thanks... and sorry for bad news ;-)

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