Solved Boot order with Onboard RAID and PCI RAID Controllers

February 28, 2013 at 11:36:50
Specs: Windows Server 2003 St Ed SP1, Intel Xeon 2.8GHz
I'm having a problem with an old Acer Altos R510 server with an onboard SATA RAID controller that I need to add an additional SATA drive to. Chassis and backplane has a slot and port for the additional drive but no additional port on the MB. Added a HighPoint RocketRAID controller to the PCI-X slot. Attached the new drive. Server boots the OS fine but as soon as I set up a RAID for the new drive the server wants to boot to the HighPoint controller instead of the onboard controller where the OS resides. Tried to change the boot order but the onboard RAID controller is eliminated from the boot order list when the PCI controller has the RAID congifured on it. The PCI controller is listed as the 1st boot device. The onboard controller reappears when I remove the RAID config from the PCI controller.
Has anyone been able to successfully boot to the onboard RAID while having PCI RAID configured?

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#1
March 3, 2013 at 05:30:54
Have you tried any other PCI-X slots? Can you manually assign IRQs?

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#2
March 4, 2013 at 08:20:36
It's on a riser and I'll check that today. The IRQs are different as it is. Thanks for responding.

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#3
March 4, 2013 at 13:13:44
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I am not familiar with the Altos BIOS, but there maybe two different areas that you can set your boot affinity. There is the boot list, that apparently only gives you one controller to pick from. There may also be another area that may allow you to choose the hard drive boot order, where it will list all your hard drives then you can move the drive up or down in the list. Find this area, it maybe under an area just for hard drives. Once you move your RAID set up the list it should show normally in your boot device area of your BIOS.

Also it could be a BIOS bug, that maybe fixed by updating your BIOS

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#4
March 4, 2013 at 13:38:47
The Hard Drive list doesn't acknowledge the drives from the onboard RAID at all when the external RAID is configured. It only lists the drive from the external RAID. This server is pretty old and updates for the BIOS, Chipset, etc are available. I'm leaning towards updating it all before I call it quits and just run all drives on the RocketRaid controller. We just purchased it and will hate for it to go to waist.

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#5
March 4, 2013 at 14:03:25
You may also want to check to see if there is a BIOS update for your controller card.

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#6
March 4, 2013 at 14:36:52
I've updated the controller's BIOS just the other day. Thanks.

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