Art Alexion on 18 Apr 2010 03:49:32 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] IDE drive preventing grub from loading

On Saturday 17 April 2010 21:28:04 LeRoy wrote:
> Art Alexion wrote:
> > I gave up on this problem a few months ago and decided to give it a
> > try again today.
> > 
> > I have a computer with a motherboard without IDE slots.  I had a very
> > old PCI-IDE card that worked for a while, but it stopped.  I replaced
> > it.  and ever since, my system won't boot with the IDE drives plugged
> > in.  The PCI card's BIOS seems to recognize them OK, but I just get a
> > blinking cursor after POST when they are plugged in.  If I unplug
> > them, everything is fine.
> > 
> > I am thinking the boot process is looking for grub there and can't find
> > it.
> Hi Art,
> Have you looked at the BIOS for the boot sequence?  A lot of PC BIOS see
> an IDE Drive prior to SATA or SCSI drives.  Some BIOS enable you to
> specify which type of drive to attempt to boot from.  For instance, I
> have an old system with SCSI and IDE drives and the BIOS has an option
> to boot from SCSI or IDE bus.
> For the most part I think that most BIOS chip sets default to IDE drives
> as the first boot drive.

I suspect the same thing, except... wouldn't the lack of a bootable partition 
on that drive make it go to the next drive on the boot list?  At least that's 
the way it is supposed to work.  I haven't rebooted since I got your 
suggestion or Aaron's, but I am going try them both.

Art Alexion

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