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MSI MB unable to boot off UDMA/100 HDD

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Mark Greenhalf
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2003 - 12:47 am:   

A little bit of history first...
I destroyed a hdd (ata66) on my old PC that i was using as a dedicated door stop.
I used my spare IBM (ata100) HDD from newer PC to see if i could get the old girl back and running.
My old MB (MSI Pro 6163 Ver2) has never been able to detect the ata100 HDD but that didn't stop Linux9 from performing a perfect install - I know because it booted okay when I swapped the HDD to my newer PC. In other words, the HDD could be written to despite the HDD not being detected in BIOS. Go figure.
Here is the problem...
I can't get the OS running on old PC because bios halts when it checks the system configuration displaying LBA, UDMA 2 for my primary master.
I think the problem is that the signal checking time for my HDD is too short for my MB.
What I have done so far...
I have tried to disable UDMA in bios -> Responce from bios = LBA, Mode 4
I have tried Mode 1/2/3/4/0
The MB D-LEDS were halting at a code that suggested I had a flat battery, so i changed the battery.
HDD is on Primary Master and there are no other devices on IDE cable.
It is not the video card despite it being old and crappy.
It is not the ethernet card which IS old but by no means crappy.
Oh, and NOW I can't boot from the CD. So, I could before there was a boot partition on HDD, but now the MB gives me no love. I am going mad with envy towards my indecisive MB.
I should mention that the bios stalls when auto searching.
And that I have used the HDD with this MB once before - it was the slave drive with WinXP installed on the primary HDD (namely - the one i turned into spaghetti). BIOS stalled when auto-detecting in this case also but WinXP had no problems and even partitioned it for me. I could write and read from the drive too.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Damn this is a long post!
Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 7:15 am:   

Hi Mark, try an ata 100/133 controller card with the hard drive in question. Sounds to me like you have a dodgy IDE controller.

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