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Home Built computer will not boot.Only have satacard devices

by cavinman / October 26, 2008 2:02 AM PDT

Pentium 4
Foxconn Motherboard IDE only
120 gig seagate sata hard disk
Samsung lightscribe DVD Sata burner

I realized after I got the motherboard that it did not have sata controllers on it , only IDE. I had already bought a sata hard drive and dvd burner. I got a sata controller card with via chipset and I am trying to boot from the pci sata controller card because that is where my hard drive and dvd burner are plugged into. I cannot get the comptuer to recognize the drives. I need some guidance. Help if you can

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Easiest thing
by Jimmy Greystone / October 26, 2008 3:48 AM PDT

Easiest thing to do is just send the motherboard back and get one with SATA capabilities.

Otherwise, you could probably go out and buy a cheap IDE CD-ROM that you could use to boot the OS install disc. Of course if you don't have any drivers for the SATA card, then you're right back where you started.

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by cavinman / October 26, 2008 5:29 AM PDT
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The only driver disk I got with the card is a cd rom. I tried the ide cd rom but when it gets ready to install xp and I have to create the partition I get an error that says the drive is not a windows xp compatable hard disk.

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Does the SATA card have a "bios"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 3:53 AM PDT

Unless it has a bios extension, most SATA cards never boot. The nicer Adaptec cards have such a feature.

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