CD wont boot when SATA is attached

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January 13, 2009 at 22:29:59
Specs: Ubuntu, 1.2Ghz AMD/768MB
This one really got me confused

Trying to boot my gparted CD so I can partition my SATA
drive, but everytime that SATA drive is attached I can't
boot from CDrom. Can't boot anything in CDrom even
Ubuntu CD, says "press any key to reboot". Any IDE drives
when attached is fine, even booting from IDE while SATA
is connected is fine. When I unplug the SATA drive the
CDrom boots Ok.

Anyone have any idea why this is happening? I don't see
the connection between the 2..

-CDrom(IDE) is first in BIOS boot sequence
-SATA drive is attached to SATA PCI host


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#1
January 14, 2009 at 05:45:04
Do you also have a boot IDE drive still in the system? If so, see if the computer will boot to the IDE drive while the SATA is connected.

Is your SATA drive a SATA II model? If so, do your SATA controllers support SATA II or just SATA I? Many SATA II drives have a jumper on them to throttle the speeds to SATA I. Some controllers can handle the SATA II drive even though they are only SATA I capable, some can't.

The issue here may not have anything to do with the CD drive but rather the system hanging due to compatibility issues.

Some SATA II drives are intended to be used ONLY on SATA II systems.


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#2
January 14, 2009 at 11:06:11
Yes i can boot with IDE drive while SATA drive is
connected.I can boot with CDrom when IDE drives are
attached. I have connected and disconnected each drives
and it is only when the SATA is attached that I can't boot
from CDrom.

SATA drive and controller have both been used together
on another system. They worked fine together so I dont
think its incompatibility between the drive and controller.
The drive is recognized.

Anyone got any idea why this happening?


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#3
January 14, 2009 at 16:09:13
Your disk may not be any good.

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#4
January 14, 2009 at 16:24:58
Tested the SATA drive on another system it works. The CD boots when SATA is not attached so I know the CD is fine.

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#5
January 15, 2009 at 04:22:00
What PSU is in the computer? May be undersized.

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#6
January 15, 2009 at 09:17:36
300W PSU. I only have the CDrom and the SATA attached. I'm sure the PSU can handle just those 2. Also it boots when I have 2-3 IDE drives and the CDrom.


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#7
January 15, 2009 at 09:33:49
I am speculating. Your problem is unusual. Try checking the PSU supplied voltages in the BIOS. Look at the 3.3V, 5V, 12V. See if they are close to those values.

Are you using a PS/2 or USB keyboard?

What does happen when you can't boot to the CD drive? Just continue on to the hard drive?


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#8
January 15, 2009 at 21:57:47
Using a PS/2 KB

when the SATA is attached it would just say "PRESS A KEY TO REBOOT". I have disabled everything but CDrom on my boot sequence, so the only thing that I can think of is that the SATA is being treated as a CDrom and system's trying to boot from it. I have no clue why.


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#9
January 16, 2009 at 03:34:38
Have you reviewed which hard drive is set to boot first and then second? That setting is in addition to the normal boot selection.

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#10
January 16, 2009 at 12:04:50
I dont quite understand your question. Boot sequence in BIOS is CDrom first, Removable device [disabled], IDE hard drive [disabled], Other boot device [disabled]. So if theres no CD in CDrom then it wouldn't look for another device.

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#11
January 16, 2009 at 13:55:55
With SATA/IDE motherboards there is another setting to choose WHICH hard drive you want to boot to. You can have as many as 8 drives with some of these boards now. That is why that option is there. You need to look for it.

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#12
January 16, 2009 at 16:46:18
I'm not using SATA/IDE mobo. I have specified that the SATA is connected to a SATA PCI host. It's a card that you plug in to a PCI slot, a SATA drive is then connected to it. It enables an old mobo to have SATA capability.

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#13
January 16, 2009 at 17:56:17
OK, I wish you had made that clear from the start.

I assume the SATA controller card is in a PCI slot? Try moving it to a different slot.

Now that I know you have a card I would suggest you try booting up with the CARD installed but not the SATA drive connected and see if you can use the CD drive.

What is the model of the SATA controller card?


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#14
January 16, 2009 at 23:33:24
Actually if you read my original post I specified it from the very beginning. Some of the things you have asked me are actually specified on the original post.. but anyways it's all good. :)

The card has always been installed and it boots fine with card, the only time CD doesn't boot is literally when SATA drive is connected.

Sabrent SBT-SRD2 is the model.
-Raid0 Raid1 (not active)
-only using 1 SATA drive
-tried a different SATA drive same result
-yes I've tried both channels, same result
-I've tried using both channels with 2 SATAs at the same time, same result
-I have tried card on different pci slots, same result
-CDrom as primary master or primary slave, same result(changed jumper)
-the card has been tested on another system works fine
-the card recognizes the SATA drive
-the mobo and card are compatible, tested it
-the mobo+card+SATA are compatible, booted on IDE drive, tested it


again with just card and no SATAs connected, the CD boots.


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#15
January 17, 2009 at 07:11:46
OK, I missed the SATA drive is attached to SATA PCI host.

How do you have that controller card configured in the BIOS? as SCSI?


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#16
January 17, 2009 at 17:47:07
Not sure what you mean.. I don't see anything in the BIOS that is related to the card. The only configurations I do is at POST when I press f4 to enter the cards Configuration Utility.


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#17
January 17, 2009 at 17:52:04
You set the boot order for the card to SCSI in the boot order. Most BIOSes see controller cards as a SCSI device.

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#18
January 17, 2009 at 21:34:23
As I have stated in my previous post everything in boot sequence is disabled except CDrom. "SCSI Boot Device" is under "other boot device" which is disabled

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#19
January 18, 2009 at 06:06:06
Try setting the boot order to SCSI as the second boot device after the CD drive and see what happens.

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#20
January 18, 2009 at 16:01:40
Nope didn't work.

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#21
January 18, 2009 at 17:04:16
Well, I am out of suggestions.

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#22
January 18, 2009 at 18:05:08
lol yeah I have no clue, although there's a work around by hot plugging the SATA after the CDrom boots. Still I shouldn't have to do that just to boot from the CDrom.

Thanks for taking the time to help me.


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#23
January 18, 2009 at 18:57:55
You are welcome. Sorry the outcome wasn't better. There may be a bug in the BIOS. I think there was a similar problem here last week.

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