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    SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    I have installed a raid 5 controller card url http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...owViewpoints=1 , it is seen in linux under lspci so it is being seen by the system. However, when I put HDD containing the OS into the controller, the system does not boot and the drive is not seen in the computer bios
    Any advice will be highly appreciated

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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Sounds very similar to the problem of putting an add-on IDE controller in a box that uses SATA natively. I have limited experience in that, but I have had that same problem in 2 separate ways:

    - motherboard with SATA and an add-in IDE controller to use my existing(at that time) IDE dvd drive instead of buying a SATA one. It was "invisible" to boot in much the same way - couldn't boot from the dvd, disconnect hard drive and it wouldn't try either.

    - motherboard with IDE and an add-on SATA controller - same problem.

    I don't know, but I suspect it has something to do with when the driver for the add-on controller is loaded - namely at OS initialization time, such that the device just isn't even known if you are just trying to boot from it, as no driver is loaded yet.

    Just my suspicions.
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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    My experience with trying to boot a drive off an external RAID card has been iffy at best, so I usually run the OS drive as a single drive and reserve the RAID for data.

    As far as I know, you should have the option in the BIOS to set the boot device order so the machine will try to boot off the RAID card first. Since the card handles all the communication between the drives and the system, the normal BIOS won't show any hard drives being connected.

    OT: The card you linked to is definitely fakeraid as it doesn't look like it contains a CPU or memory on board. It is also running at SATA 1 over the PCI bus, which will limit your transfer speeds. I guess that's not too bad, considering the price, but if you want to run a bargain RAID, using mdadm with a PCIexpress card to provide addition SATA ports would be more efficient.
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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Thanks got the help guys, I will try the boot order option shortly and report back. The plan is, is to use the raid as a simple sata extension and just run the boot drive from it. The 4 ports on the board however, I hope to to use with mdadm as they are sata 2. But it is good to know the card is working somewhat, just getting it seen during boot

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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurisu87 View Post
    Thanks got the help guys, I will try the boot order option shortly and report back. The plan is, is to use the raid as a simple sata extension and just run the boot drive from it. The 4 ports on the board however, I hope to to use with mdadm as they are sata 2. But it is good to know the card is working somewhat, just getting it seen during boot
    The ports on the card are SATAI - 1.5Gbps, at least according to the specs on Amazon. SATAII is 3Gbps and SATAIII is 6Gbps. At least theoretically - I don't think you would see those sorts of numbers in the real world.

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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Right, so no real reason, the card is not being seen by both the OS and the board... I have no adjusted the card or nothing for that matter... But now, it boots with the OS disk connected to the controller on its own which is perfect! I am guessing it needed time to sort its head out lol... regardless, thank you for your responses guys! I am more and more enjoying linux every day they more I am learning.

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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Lol. Silly hardware.

    Glad you got it sorted and don't forget to mark the thread as [SOLVED] from the thread tools menu.
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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    CharlesA - love the avatar! I remember back when I was a kid and that was new (yeah, I'm old ).
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    Re: SATA pci not seen by bios but is seen by ubuntu (in lspci)

    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    CharlesA - love the avatar! I remember back when I was a kid and that was new (yeah, I'm old ).
    Thanks. I remember it as well.
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