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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 5:23 am 
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I must be going crazy, but I have been unable to boot from a SATA DVD drive. The drive is a LiteOn DH-20A3S, I have tried KnoppMyth 5.5/LinHES 6.00/6.02 CDs, and it has failed on a GigaByte GA-7VM400AM, an Asus M2NPV-VM, and an Asus M3N78-VM.


The BIOSes always detect the drive as ATAPI, but I am at a loss to work out why booting from it fails.

Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 2:20 am 
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That's odd behaviour. I put a SATA DVD drive into my mythbox using Linhes 6.01 and later 6.02.

Worked perfectly - no problems booting.

Is it a new drive? The fact it isn't working on several mobos would suggest its a problem with the drive. I'd use a range of different cables. Are there any other BIOS settings available for your motherboards?

Hang on - just thinking about the obvious - Have you selected SATA CD/DVD as the primary boot device? Possibly under 'Boot order' or similar.

HTH Chris

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:58 pm 
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I finally worked it out - the LiteOn drive has flaky CD reading behaviour, and one or two of my motherboards have flaky SATA-CD/DVD boot behaviour.

I eventually got a combination that worked!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:07 pm 
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I'm glad you worked that out. The other option I have seen with SATA based optical drives is adjust the BIOS setting for the device to say "AHCI".


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