Promises Broken..I mean the Ultra IDE Controller Card
Posted on 2006-03-31
So I got a new Dell 3100(E310) with an 80gb Serial ATA HDD. running WIN XP SP2, but I'm heavily invested in time and effort in my "old" WD 120gb IDE drive running WIN 2K. Based the great advice of an E-E expert I bought the Promise Ultra 133 Tx2 Controller Card. With a small amount of difficulty I got it installed and working in my new Dell. When I installed my "old" WD 120 it shows up in the BIOS Setup. It shows up in Device Manager. It shows up in Windows Explorer. Which by the way the WD is setup in 3 partitions. Primary partition only contains the OS and few programs. Extended partitions: one contains nothing but software aps. the last partition contains only data. It's my understanding that I should be able to boot from the Primary partition on my WD connected to the Promise Controler in my new Dell with Win XP. So I entered BIOS Setup and moved the boot sequece to boot from my WD 120. Well it just didn't seem to work. WIN 2k started to boot and then I got an unusual "blue screen" not the usual "blue screen of death" I don't have the exact words displayed on this blue screen. But the first sentence said "If you have not seen this screen before, restart your computer" I did and the blue screen appeared again. There were some mention of viruses and some other references that I don't recall.
I have seen this screen before on an old Dell that originally had ME installed on it and had been upgraded to XP. A short time after the upgrade this old upgraded Dell crashed and would not boot. And it just displayed this same unusual "blue screen"
The question is: How do I get my New Dell/XP to boot from my old WD with WIN 2k ?