[CS-FSLUG] mini-ITX boot problem

Ron Thompson ron.t at xplornet.com
Wed Apr 1 23:48:03 CDT 2009

I'm really out of touch with Linux, I don't have any idea of what is 
happening.  I have an Intel 945GCLF mini-ITX and I'm using a Startech CF 
memory adapter in place of a hard drive.  The CF adapter has a pair of 4GB 
cards and the BIOS sees them as a master and slave HD on the IDE connector.  
I had a very difficult time getting anything to work as a CD to install 
CentOS 4.4 on them CF card, but I did find that using a very old CD-RW with 
the master slave set to CSEL I could get one of the two cards on the card 
adapter recognized and managed to install CentOS.

 Following the installation, the second CF card is not seen, although it does 
show up in the BIOS set up menu, and the CD-RW also shows up.  And the system 
does boot from the CF card in the adapter.  But here is where I'm lost.  as 
long as the CD-RW is on the IDE cable the first CF card works fineand the 
system boots, but if the CD-RW is disconnected it will not boot from the CF 
card even though the BIOS knows its there.

   Would anyone have an idea of what may be wrong?  The CF card adapter is a 
Startech CF2X2IDE25.  On the box it says "Memory card boots like IDE hard 
drive without any device drivers", but this seems only to be true as long as 
the CD-RW is on the cable and set to CSEL.

Ron Thompson, |^|
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
"Who are are these that fly as a cloud, and as doves to their window?" Is 60:8

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