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  1. #1
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    SCSI card taking over ...

    After build (hardware), booted system and attempted to access BIOS
    (change settings, monitor CPU temp .... ). As I tapped the <DEL> key
    during boot, the screen confirmed "Entering System Settings", but then
    the Adaptec controller took over and booted from the SCSI controller.

    I re-booted, hit <CTRL>-A and entered the ARC. I disabled the "RUNTIME
    BIOS" option, saved changes and re-booted. Same scenario as before ...
    SCSI controller took over during boot and I couldn't access the system
    BIOS. I then removed the SCSI card and was able to access the system
    BIOS that way.

    I made my changes (1st boot from CD-ROM) and verified CPU temp, saved
    changes and then shutdown, re-installed the SCSI controller and
    re-booted. I loaded the Adaptec CD and thought I was about to make my
    driver disc .... nope. The SCSI card took over and again kept the
    system from booting off the CD.

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!

    Hardware list:

    ASUS A8N-E
    AMD 64 4000+ SanDiego Core 939
    4 GB Corsair XMS DDR RAM PC-3200
    Adaptec 2200S SCSI Ultra 320 controller card
    (3) Seagate SCSI Ultra320 15K HD's
    ASUS 6600 PCI-E Video
    Plextor 716A DVD Burner
    TEAC Floppy
    Antec Server case w/ 500 watt PS
    XP-Pro SP2
    ASUS A8N-E
    AMD 64 4000+ San Diego Core
    AMD stock cooler
    2 GB Corsair CMX1024-3200C2PT (2) 1 GB sticks
    Lian-Li PC-V1000B Black Aluminum Case
    PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC ATX12V
    XFX 7800 GT PCI-E
    Plextor 740A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE master)
    Plextor 716A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE slave)
    2 Seagate 160 GB 7200.9 8MB Cache SATA II (RAID 0)
    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
    Gateway-21" Widescreen LCD Monitor-FPD2185W

    I love my mother-in-law .... it's her daughter I can't stand!

  2. #2
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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    You need to relax ... the system WILL be entering the usual BIOS control screens AFTER the SCSI BIOS has run. After all, the latter has to register its drives with the system boot services BEFORE you get to pick which one to boot from.
    The exception is the AwardBIOS, whose ancient architecture doesn't let you pick individual drives from add-on controllers. This one enters BIOS setup before running add-on BIOS extensions.

  3. #3
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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    Thanks Peter ....

    but how long after the SCSI bios has booted should I wait? I've let the system set for up to 20 minutes, and it never goes to the system BIOS .... just sits at "BIOS NOT INSTALLED" message.
    Last edited by isoforger; 11-13-2005 at 11:26 AM.
    XP-Pro SP2
    ASUS A8N-E
    AMD 64 4000+ San Diego Core
    AMD stock cooler
    2 GB Corsair CMX1024-3200C2PT (2) 1 GB sticks
    Lian-Li PC-V1000B Black Aluminum Case
    PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC ATX12V
    XFX 7800 GT PCI-E
    Plextor 740A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE master)
    Plextor 716A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE slave)
    2 Seagate 160 GB 7200.9 8MB Cache SATA II (RAID 0)
    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
    Gateway-21" Widescreen LCD Monitor-FPD2185W

    I love my mother-in-law .... it's her daughter I can't stand!

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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    The "BIOS not installed" message is from the SCSI BIOS, telling you that it hasn't found any drives, and thus is removing itself from the system. Boot should then continue normally. If it doesn't, then you got a different kind of compatibility problem there.

    My advice before purchase would have been: Use an LSI SCSI card not an Adaptec. Too late now - so try a system BIOS update as well as a SCSI BIOS update.

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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    Peter ... you were spot on ... thanks for the tip. I updated to the latest BIOS for the MB and all is well.

    Well, not quite.

    Now, after loading Windows Server 2003, I get, "c:\system32\ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt". I reloaded the OS and got the same message. I went into the "repair" feature and accessed the c: partition and found the file, so it's NOT missing. I replaced it, using the file from the install disk and got the same error.

    Any ideas?
    XP-Pro SP2
    ASUS A8N-E
    AMD 64 4000+ San Diego Core
    AMD stock cooler
    2 GB Corsair CMX1024-3200C2PT (2) 1 GB sticks
    Lian-Li PC-V1000B Black Aluminum Case
    PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC ATX12V
    XFX 7800 GT PCI-E
    Plextor 740A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE master)
    Plextor 716A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE slave)
    2 Seagate 160 GB 7200.9 8MB Cache SATA II (RAID 0)
    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
    Gateway-21" Widescreen LCD Monitor-FPD2185W

    I love my mother-in-law .... it's her daughter I can't stand!

  6. #6
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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    Bad RAM, usually. www.memtest.org

  7. #7
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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    Unlikely .... I'm using Corsair XMS CMX1024-3200C2PT .... (4) 1GB sticks. On the thought it may be a RAM issue, I removed two sticks ... same problem.

    I did a low level format on the drives and am re-creating the RAID 5 array now. As soon as it finished that, I'll try a re-install of the OS. If that fails, I'll try the memtest. I guess it is possible.

    Thanks Peter. I appreciate your input.
    XP-Pro SP2
    ASUS A8N-E
    AMD 64 4000+ San Diego Core
    AMD stock cooler
    2 GB Corsair CMX1024-3200C2PT (2) 1 GB sticks
    Lian-Li PC-V1000B Black Aluminum Case
    PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC ATX12V
    XFX 7800 GT PCI-E
    Plextor 740A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE master)
    Plextor 716A DVD Burner (Secondary IDE slave)
    2 Seagate 160 GB 7200.9 8MB Cache SATA II (RAID 0)
    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
    Gateway-21" Widescreen LCD Monitor-FPD2185W

    I love my mother-in-law .... it's her daughter I can't stand!

  8. #8
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    Re: SCSI card taking over ...

    Run memtest first, always and ever on a new build. No matter how high profile the DIMM brand.

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