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Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« on: 05-July-12, 13:04:47 »

Mainboard PM8M-V does not have BOOT FROM SATA in the BIOS settings. In fact nowhere in the entire bios SATA is mentioned.
The SATA HDD is properly partitioned. Windows is installed on it, but it boots from an IDE HDD and then continues to load from the SATA.
I tried to set the bios to boot from SCSI, but in vain.
I checked if there is a bios update, but the MSI website linked me to Live Update 5, which even cannot find drivers for the mainboard, not to speak for a bios update.
The version of the BIOS is
Manufacturer : Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Version : 6.00 PG
Date : 03/23/2005 (mm/dd/yyyy)

HELP!
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #1 on: 05-July-12, 15:14:26 »

 In BIOS 'Advanced BIOS Features' you should be able to set your S-ATA HDD as 1st boot device. Simply set the S-ATA drive with OS on it as 1st boot device.
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #2 on: 05-July-12, 16:56:10 »

In Advanced Bios Features I have "Boot order" (or something like that), but in the list I have ID0, ... IDE4, fdd, LS120, USB-HDD, USB-FDD....., but there is no S-ATA!
Should I change the BIOS? And where can I find a new one?
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #3 on: 06-July-12, 01:51:02 »

but it boots from an IDE HDD and then continues to load from the SATA

windows is bumb and will put the mbr on any thing bar a sata drive

ergo dont have any ide drives or sd cards etc connected at loading time


as i recall boards of yours age listed all drives as ide

is the make and size of the sata in that list
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #4 on: 06-July-12, 07:31:06 »

 It should ID the drive by model number or at least by brand & size as Wonkanoby said, at least it does on newer MBs.
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #5 on: 06-July-12, 14:59:29 »

The boot options are:
Floppy, LS120, IDE0,SCSI,CDROM,IDE1,IDE2,IDE3,ZIP100,USB-FDD,USB-CDROM,USB-HDD,LAN,DISABLED
I tried to remove the IDE HDD (also no USB drives were connected) while installing windows, it won't boot anyway.
Even if windows did not write correctly the MBR (well, I used the repair console to with FIXMBR and FIXBOOT), the BIOS should probably say something like "No boot sector", but it just hangs.
After that I installed with an IDE HDD connected.

Presuming that "as i recall boards of yours age listed all drives as ide" is true, shouldn't I have IDE5, since there are 4 IDE channels anyway? I will try all the IDE options, anyway.

I did not understand this question "is the make and size of the sata in that list"?

It should ID the drive by model number or at least by brand & size as Wonkanoby said, at least it does on newer MBs.
Some options of the device are shown during boot (some RAID adjustments), but it is not displayed anywhere in the BIOS setup.
Also, on most bioses during oot a message is displayed "Press key XXX for boot options", but this one does not display something like this. Any clue if there could be such a key? F1 and F8 do not work.
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #6 on: 06-July-12, 16:09:47 »

On-Board IDE   

• An IDE controller on the VT8237R chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes.
- Can connect up to four IDE devices.

• Serial ATA/150 controller integrated in VT8237R.
- Up to 1.5Gb/s transfer rate.
- Can connect up to 2 Serial ATA drives.
- Supports RAID 0, 1 and RAID 0+1


so im sure you would have to create a false one drive array

and feed it the raid drivers to boot from a sata drive
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #7 on: 09-July-12, 13:31:00 »

I disconnected the IDe HDD and tried to set the bios to boot from every single device in the boot list- no result :(


so im sure you would have to create a false one drive array

and feed it the raid drivers to boot from a sata drive
How am I to do that? During startup, there is some RAID menu, but it says, that I do not have a sufficient number of drives for RAID (no surprise) and it does not let me do anything?
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #8 on: 09-July-12, 21:02:43 »

unsure as i used nvidia stuff at that era

but first is your drive a sata 1 drive

as that thing will never ever work with later sata 2 or 3 drives

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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #9 on: 19-July-12, 16:33:59 »

Does anyone have an idea where can I find a bios update for the mainboard?
My bios version is 2,1.
Here http://www.driversdown.com/drivers/15723.shtml is a BIOS version 2,2, but this not the MSI official site, so I can't be sure that this is the right bios :(

The MSI site says " use MSI Live BIOS tool to upgrade BIOS of this product." but the tool is not available for download.
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Re: Mainboard PM8M-V cannot boot from SATA
« Reply #10 on: 20-July-12, 05:06:53 »

 Exactly what S-ATA HDD is it you have? Brand and model #.

 "BIOS release. Support Kingston KVR400X64C3A512 512DDR400 & TwinMOSM2G9J16AOATT9F08AADT 512DDR400."

 What would the added BIOS support for that RAM have to do with your problem?
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