Why is a functioning PC disk drive not visible in the BIOS setup boot order?
Posted on 2014-03-07
Hello all. I'm trying to bring an old Dell PowerEdge 840 server that used to run Windows Server back to life as a Linux machine (Ubuntu Server, specifically).
The computer was mothballed because the controller card for the RAID array failed, and then the replacement controller card failed.
So we've removed the RAID drives, as well as the dead RAID controller card, and installed an IDE hard drive. The Ubuntu Linux server installer properly found the IDE drive, partitioned it, and installed the operating system without error.
The new drive is properly listed in the BIOS setup screen (i.e. what you get when you press F2 during the boot), correctly showing the model and drive capacity. However, it is *not* visible in the Boot Sequence list (where the CD-ROM and "Embedded MBA v8.3.9 Slot 0400" are listed as options).
The machine does not boot.
If the "Embedded MBA" is enabled in the BIOS boot sequence, the computer halts during boot-up saying "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable". I assume it's looking for the RAID.
If the "Embedded MBA" is *disabled* in the boot sequence, the boot fails with a message saying no boot device is available.
Does anyone know if it is possible to get the computer to boot from this new drive? Or is a BIOS upgrade likely to resolve this? (The machine is using BIOS version A01 -- while the latest I've found on the Dell website for this machine is version A08.)