system does not start when PCI IDE RAID controller is connected to a DVD wrter
Posted on 2004-09-27
I need help with this little problem.
I am building a brand new system here are the specs
MotherBoard: Intel D915GEV (Audio and Video integrated 4 SATA Connectors BUT ONLY ONE IDE controller)
Processor: Intel Pentium 4/ 3.2E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology (Prescott Core)
RAM: 1GB DDR2 Kesington
HD: Seagate 80 GB Barracuda SATA interface
Additional IDE Controller: Silicon Image's SiI 0680 (Just a Regular 32-bit 33/66MHz PCI interface; Supports software RAID function
(RAID 0, 1, 0+1); 256 Byte FIFO per ATA channel; Large FIFO independent; Supports Ultra DMA 6/5/4/3/2/1,
PIO 4/3/2/1/0, DMA 2/1/0 modes; IDE drive types support ATA, Fast ATA-2, EIDE, Ultra ATA/33, Ultra ATA/66, Ultra
ATA/100, and Ultra ATA/133
DVD: Two DVD writers NEC 2500 and NEC 3500
Now Straigth to the problem.
I was forced to buy a PCI IDE controller since this particular motheboard only has one IDE and I did not want to connect the writers as master and slave i felt that when connecting both writers on the same channel the transfer rate is very slow, I thought I will solve that problem by getting the IDE RAID controller. (DMA was enable for both drivers when i connected them on the integrated IDE channel)
Little did I know when I install the controller and connected one of the writers to it, the controller takes over the bios and forces the system to boot from the controller and since it does not find a HD connected to it, it just halts giving me a cursor on the left upper section of the screen.
Here is what i have done to try to correct the problem.
I disable the integrated IDE controller (same problem)
I disable a feature on the bios that let or impede the additional PCI IDE controller to boot from a HD attached to it (same problem)
I try different combinations (attaching both writers, only one writer, using only one channel, both channels, master, slave back and forth) same problem.
When I leave the Controller with nothing connect to it, the systems regains control of the booth sequence and reboots normally from the HD attach to the motherboard SATA connector.
There are no jumpers on the card to disable the RAID feature maybe that is whats causing the problem
Is it something wrong with this particular IDE RAID contoller or all IDE RAID controllers are design to connect HD's only?
Another solution which I just thought of, is to get a SATA to IDE adapter so I can connect the writers directly to the motherboard using the other 3 SATA connectors, again I am not sure if these adapters are design to connect only HD's the manufacturer(High Point Technology) only talks about connecting HD's (I've just e-mail their tech support and I am awaiting an answer)
Thank You for your time in helping me solve this problem.