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Can't boot from a Promise Ultra-133 controller

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OK, this should be easy, but something doesn't work!

I have an older PC with the following in it:

P2L97 Motherboard (slot1)
SCSI-controller (on CD-Burner attached)
Promise Ultra-133 controller (NEW)
OS is WINNT

The problem started when the main HDD started going bad (intermittent clicks, freezes, etc.).  I first attached a 40GB HDD to the controller in an attempt to image (GHOST) the bad HDD to the new one.  Unfortunately, the mainboard (being so old) couldn't see the new HDD.  I then installed the Promise Ultra-133 controller, attached both HDDs, and successfully did a disk-to-disk image.  Using NTFSPRO I can mount the NTFS partitions and verify that all the data is there.  I disconnected the old HDD and rebooted.

I get no errors.  It goes through the normal, SCSI, and Promise BIOS just fine.  But when it gets to the point where the OS should load - only a blinking curser.

If the boot.ini was wrong, it would say so (already checked it!).
The BIOS only gives me a choice of first boot device type IDE and SCSI, but won't boot from the Promise controller.  I attempted a BIOS update, but the memory type is UNKNOWN and the update won't work at all.  That's why I decided on the new controller in the first place!

FDISK shows the partition is ACTIVE (Bootable).
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Have you tried selecting SCSI in the boot order?  Often a BIOS uses "SCSI" as a generic term for "Bootable add-in card".  This might point the boot process over to the Promise card.

You might have a second problem as well.  I'm guessing the old drive won't boot when connected to the Promise card either.  Unless you have the Promise drivers already installed in your Windows installation existing on the disk, you won't be able to boot from it anyway because those drivers are not included with Windows.  I went through that same process.  If you are doing a fresh install your will be fine because you can put the drivers on a floppy and select F6 at the beginning of the setup process to use a third-party mass-storage driver.  Not so with an existing installation.

I would try going back to the original hard drive, reconnecting it to the onboard IDE, booting and letting the system detect the Promise card.  Make sure the drivers get installed (you might have to download them manually).  Then plug it in to the Promise card and see if it boots.  If so, re-image the new drive and you should be fine.
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Your answer was right, Brainded, about the SCSI select in the boot order.  My problem was that I also had a REAL SCSI controller already in the machine as well, and the BIOS couldn't select between the two.  Thanks for the help
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