Hello,\n\nI just ordered a new system (well the parts) and I am having a wierd\nproblem.\n\nI first tried install windows with just a sata drive and an optical\ndrive installed. Sata drive is seagate barracuda on SATA-1, Sony\nOptical drive master on IDE1.\n\nThis is where the weirdness starts. Upon startup, it does the standard\n"press f6 bla bla", I cannot press f6. That’s ok, it asks me later,\nand I do the "S" to specify devices, and it lets me pick the drivers\noff the floppy.\n\nThey are labeled:\n\n"Step 1 Install VIA SMARTX Bus Driver"\n"Step 2 Install VIA SMARTX Port Driver"\n"Step 3 Install VIA SMARTX RAID Driver"\n\nThat goes fine ( I tried just using step 1, then just step 1+2, etc).\n\nIt can then see the hard drive, format and install the files to the\ndrive. It then prompts me to reboot.\n\nI reboot. Nothing.\n\nI then check the bios, no mention of the SATA drive in teh boot order.\n\n\nI then put in my IDE drive, I still have to isntall the SMARTX\ndrivers, but I am able to install AND boot from that drive.\n\nWhat could possibly going on? I’ve been building my own systems for\nyears, this is just my first experience with SATA.\n\nI’m guessing the problem lies in the way the board handles the MBR?\n\nPlease excuse the grammer as I am typing this from my best friend’s\nlaptop .