promise controller card

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Don, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    I have a PIII 800 system with 2- 20G hard drives, dvdrom and cdrw drive, the
    Fedora motherboard. I would like to add an internal zip drive.
    I installed a promise card and connected the hard drives to it leaving the
    primary on the mbd for the zip drive.
    I haven't been able to get the system to boot when hd's are connected to the
    controller card, get message to incert boot disk.
    In the bios there isn't an option to boot to a controller card. Am I out of
    luck or is there a way to do this?

    Thanks for any help

    Don, Jul 20, 2004
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  2. Don

    Ben Myers Guest

    Yes. Put the hard drives back on the motherboard's primary IDE controller.
    Then connect the ZIP to the Promise card.

    Or put the bootable 20GB drive on the primary IDE as master along with the ZIP
    as the slave. Then put the second hard drive on the Promise. This latter
    approach is potentially risk though, if the Promise uses a different logical to
    physical mapping for disk addresses... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jul 20, 2004
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  3. Don

    Don Guest

    Thanks Ben, working good so far. I thought you could only put hard drives
    on the promise card.
    Don, Jul 20, 2004
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