Cant boot CD on added IDE controller

Intel D915guxl motherboard
November 21, 2009 at 22:03:19
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.2g, 2gb
Trying to add a IDE controller card to new Intel D915GAG mobo. Bios recognizes CD at bootup and in WindowsXp, but CD does not appear in 'Boot Sequence' and thus will not boot from a bootable CD. CD reads fine from within WindowsXP. I've tried every combo connection of the CD and harddrive on the mobo and the controller(promise ultra100 or a CMD 649) Driive set at 'master' and Cd as 'slave'. If I put them both on the same cable, CD will boot but hard drive slows to a crawl. Any suggestions ...... thanks

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#1
November 21, 2009 at 22:08:50
What's wrong with the IDE controller that's built into the board?

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#2
November 21, 2009 at 22:41:54
Many of the ATA cards don't work quite right with optical drives. It's usually best to connect your cdrom or DVD rom to the on-board controller and the hard drive to the ATA card.

Also, the bios boot sequence may not include drives on an ATA card.

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#3
November 21, 2009 at 22:49:03
to clarify --- My original system had 2 IDE connectors on the mobo and 2 hd's and 2 optical drives. I now have a new MOBO with only 1 IDE connector. (I added the external IDE card Promise Ultra). Connected both hd's to the new mobo and 1 optical to the Promise ultra . HD's were fine and booted up XP . Optical (CD) also reads and writes in XP . Problem is -- trying to boot from optical is a no-go. Switched hd's to Promise Ultra and Optical to mobo with the same results ---systems boots fine from hd and sees Cd, but will not boot from CD. When I look at the BIOS(F2)'SETUP' under the boot sequence, the optical doesn't show up in the listing.
If I put 1 hd a 1 optical on the same cable and connect to either mobo or Promise, boots either way but access is VERY slow.

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#4
November 21, 2009 at 23:33:11
Check the motherboard manual on configuring the bios. There's no reason the cdrom shouldn't show as a boot device. Make sure jumpers are correct for a single cdrom (since you previously used two). You might need to try CABLE SELECT and/or change the drive's position on the cable.

But keep the cdrom on the on-board controller.

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