I may be short sighted, and have not seen the threads on PCI-SATA cards.
However I got an unused server 2xcpu board with reduced option. No Sata connections. What are my options for using a pci-sata card to boot up the server. Or am I living in dreamland is everything so BIOS intensive?
thanks for the time to answer and as usual
2x PCI-X 64 bit / 133/100 MHz
* 2x PCI 64 bit / 66/33 MHz
* 2x PCI 32 bit / 33 MHz
These are the slots available. The MB an Arima HDAMA Rev G was taken from a redundant unused large stackable server array. Using AMD Opteron. It works very well. I personally will not be dealing with ordinary PC technology again because it feels nice to know its safe. Unfortunately server boards with dual cpu slots, new are very expensive, so I flipped on this one. Actually I bought a spare.
So the controller on my card must support bios booting, and thats it?
The requirement for Int 13 support in the BIOS of the disk controller hasn't changed since 1982. Back then all controllers were bootable. If speed is important and/or you'll install several hard disks, get a PCI-X controller. You should also verify that drivers are available for your OS.
The card is just a 32 bit PCI card not PCI X or PCI 64 bit. I took the card out to see if it fitted an X slot but no it did not. When I restarted the server it did not boot. I had to reset the cmos. Perhaps if i put the card in and reset again the int 13 will work who knows. I have said this before and I will say it again. Gates has got the best brains in the US doing his thing and it is complicated. The card is the Via VIA CHIPSET: VT6412A. maybe this is too cheap. I.ll keep on trying.
The chipset isn't what makes it bootable; it's the card's BIOS. If it doesn't have a BIOS, then it isn't bootable. I don't know how much you paid for that controller, but the ones that I suggested are inexpensive.