IC7-Max3 Bios bug? ==> SCSI DAT drive kills Boot from SI3114

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Imgoinmad, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. Imgoinmad

    Imgoinmad Guest

    Here's an interesting one...

    I built the machine about 4 weeks ago and I've been slowly adding components
    to my system.

    My main boot drive(s) are on the SI3114 (4 drives runnning 0+1)

    Over the weekend, I installed my adaptec scsi card, which installed ok. When
    I attach drives to it, whether just a dat drive or hard drives, My machine
    doesn't find a bootable disc. When I disconnect the scsi drives my machine
    boots fine from the SI raid I've got set up. I'm baffled on this one and
    have scoured the scsi bios and the mb bios for options that might allow both
    scsi drives to be attached and also the SI to be the boot drive.

    I went to 'hard disk priority' and i have 2 options listed

    1) bootable add-in device
    2)CH2 S. ST3120026 A (one of my standard ATA IDE devices which sits on the
    secondary ide channel)

    Under Bootable Add-In Device I have selected "On Board SATA" (other options
    are 'On Chip SATA RAID" and "PCI slot device". I tried setting this option
    to each of the 3 choices but when I have scsi devices connected, each option
    results in "Disc Boot Failure", without scsi devices connected, "On Board
    SATA" boots fine.

    Seems really odd that a scsi card added to this motherboard would cause this
    kind of problem. The scsi bios has only one option for bootable devices
    "support for bootable CD-Rom" which i have disabled since i have no scsi

    I'm assuming this is a bios problem. My guess is that setting 'hard disk
    priority' to 'bootable add-in device' and selecting 'on board SATA' should
    allow boot from the SI3114 SATA RAID.

    Had I selected "PCI Slot device", I'd expect it to look towards the scsi
    card first. My guess is that the options are there in the bios, but they
    just don't function right.

    This is really strange and kinda messed up cause i have 5 scsi drives I need
    to utilize. Can anyone help?

    Abit IC7-MAX 3 (bios 1.2)
    P4 2.8Ghz 800FSB HT enabled
    Thermaltake Spark 7
    4x512mb Kingston HyperX PC4000 DDR500
    Matrox Millenium G450 dual head AGP
    Echo Audio Layla24
    Supermicro SC760A Tower Case
    Windows XP Pro Retail SP1
    2x19" Planar LCD

    4x120gb Seagate ST3120026AS SATA Raid 0+1 (boot) on the SI3114 channel

    SONY DRU500A DVD+/-R/RW 4X (P-ATA Master)

    1x120gb Seagate ATA (P-ATA Slave)

    Promise ATA-100 PCI
    1x200gb Western Digital (ch1 master)
    1x40gb Seagate (ch 2 master)
    1x80gb IBM (ch2 slave)

    Adaptec 29160
    2x36gb 10k IBM U160
    1x36gb 10k Quantum U160
    Seagate Python DAT (flashed for audio)

    Adaptec 4300 Fireconnect
    2x120gb Lacie Firewire (archival)
    10x120gb IBM Firewire (archival)
    Imgoinmad, Oct 23, 2003
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  2. Imgoinmad

    TomG Guest

    can you try disabling the bios for the SCSI controller? you'll loose DOS
    mode access to the drives but XP or 98 would still be able to see the drives
    due to drivers that are loaded regardless of the bios being enabled or


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  3. Imgoinmad

    Imgoinmad Guest

    wow, didn't know i could disable the bios completely. That did the trick and
    i can now boot up and also access scsi drives :eek:)

    Imgoinmad, Oct 24, 2003
  4. Imgoinmad

    TomG Guest



    Thomas Geery
    Network+ certified

    ftp://geerynet.d2g.com Abit Mirror <----- Cable modem IP
    This IP is dynamic so it *could* change!...
    over 118,000 FTP users served!
    TomG, Oct 24, 2003
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