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GA-EP41-UD3L problem with SCSI/IDE

Hello everyone. I have a little problem. My 2 hard disks in the computer (physical HDD's) are connected by PATA IDE and they work fine. They're both connected to motherboard GA-EP41-UD3L connector. Both boot fine (I have Windows 7 Ulti on one and Windows Server 2008 Standard on the other one). My DVD drive is, however, a different story. Since I have only one IDE port on the motherboard, I was forced to buy Via SCSI IDE card controller for my DVD drive. It works perfectly fine when connected to my ASUS DRW-1814BL THROUGH WINDOWS. However, whenever I want to boot the disc before entering Windows selection boot, the drive doesn't start boot from the disc. I did set the boot options (1st CD/DVD drive) and it still fails to do it. It proceeds to boot from the HDD drives. I changed the cables to see if the card controller might be faulty, but it's working fine. I set the IDE cable from the card controller to one of the HDD, and the other HDD to the IDE port in the motherboard. Only one HDD (the one going to the motherboard) is recognized. However, inside Windows, I can access both HDD's. This concludes that the card controller is indeed not faulty and working well. What should I do? Help!

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  • kyonyan Feb 11, 2012

    The main question is: What do I do to boot DVD bootable disc outside of the OS?

  • kyonyan Feb 12, 2012

    Thank you for your solution Stuart. Sadly, when I connect DVD and HDD, it slows down the HDD rate significantly. I don't know how to approach it anymore. Isn't there any way to make BIOS see my DVD drive?

  • kyonyan Feb 13, 2012

    Stuart, that's a great observation. I thought about it myself as I saw 4 SATA slots on my MB. However, my ASUS DRW-1814BL drive doesn't support SATA connection. As said on the ASUS suppport webpage:

    Q: "What's the difference between DRW-1814BL and DRW-1814BLT?"
    A: "They differ in the interface: DRW-1814BL is with PATA and DRW-1814BLT is with SATA interface."

    It's amazing what one letter of difference can do... haha (that's some auto-irony there).

    Getting a new DVD drive huh... I guess I should consider that. It would make sense tho. I could connect new DVD drive to SATA, and let PATA deal with the first 2 HDD drives. Also, if I get new ones, my VIA card could take care of those (since I won't be having any system OS on them, they might as well just be used inside the OS interface).

    Two heads are always smarter than one.
    Thank you very much Stuart!

  • kyonyan Feb 13, 2012

    P.S. Went out and bought a new (and cheap!) LG GH22NS50 drive and it works wonderful. Thanks for your input on the matter. I really appreciate it!

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Sounds like the motherboard bios is only capable of booting from drives connected to the motherboard's ide connector and not additional / or external ide connectors. Looks like you would have to have 1 HDD and the CDRom Drive on the built in ide connector and the other hard drive on the extra ide connector you added. Although that would probably stop the other HDD from booting. Have you thought about putting both operating systems on the same drive. I do it all the time.

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    Stuart Feb 13, 2012

    The only other option I can think of is if you changed your DVD Rom for a SATA drive instead of IDE. I just looked at the motherboard on Gigabytes site and noticed it has 4 SATA sockets on the board.

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