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Boot a Tyan Mobo from a SATA AID

I have an old system that i am trying to turn into a server. I installed SME server onto the SATA RAID that was that was controlled by a SA3114-41R controller card (PCI) from SYBA. The install seemed to go fine. The install disk was a CD and was in a standard IDE CD drive. Nothing else was connected to the IDE controllers. At first the installer (anaconda) did not see the RAID but it did offer to install drivers for various hardware it found. I sellected the SATA controller and off it went. After setting up the RAID 5 disk and installingg the os it gave the remove CD and rebootscreen. I removed the CD and rebooted the system. The bios does not recognise the OS and will not boot from it. I have looked over the BIOS setup for a fix but have not found any. Booting from SCSI does not work.

The system is:
Tyan Mobo Tsunami S1846 ATX
SATA Controller SYBASA3114-41R
4 x 250 gig Western digital drives in RAID 5

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It appears you have made an error with the RAID configuration. RAID 1 is mirroring and requires an EVEN number of drives unless one is a hot spare. Also, RAID 1 is for redundancy and is slower than a single drive or RAID 0. Verify your RAID configuration and make sure you have RAID 1 and not RAID 0 or RAID 5 which can be an even or odd number of drives.

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Check the Boot Sequence again -- if there are any "SCSI" devices listed, enable them, and make your CD-ROM the "primary" boot-device (so that you can install Windows) and make this "SCSI" device the SECONDARY boot-device, and disable the internal hard-drive, so that it won't be used as a boot-device.

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