[CS-FSLUG] mini-ITX boot problem

Marco Tedaldi marco.tedaldi at gmx.ch
Thu Apr 2 04:57:05 CDT 2009

Hello Ron

Ron Thompson schrieb:
> Thanks Kruemi,
>     I'm sure that you are correct, but I don't know if there is a simple 
> solution as the D945GCLF motherboard does not have a secondary channel.  The 

Oh, ok. So it seems, that the CD-Drive has taken the master.
Do you have master/slave Jumpers on the CF-Adapters?

If yes: Set the CF-Card zu Master and the CDROM to Slave.
If no: choose Cable Select and watch, which drive is shown first by the
bios. It must be the CF-Card. If this is not the case change the order
of the drives on the cable. Whith cable select the master is the device
at the end of the cable. So the CD-drive should be connected to the
"middle" connector.

> board does have two SATA ports but I do not have a SATA CD that I can use to 
> install the OS.   Startech have a slimline CD 50 pin IDE to SATA adapter that 
> would work but it is not yet available.  Either I can buy a new slimline SATA 
> CD (so it will fit the case), or another possibility would be to see if I can 
> install the OS from an external source such as a USB drive.  One of these 
> should work?

It might work. Most modern mainboards can boot from a USB-Device (look
at the bios settings for boot order).
But you might need several tries to get it to work. Some mainboards
require you to have an partition table on the usb stick on order to be
able to boot. Other won't boot if there is a partition table on the
stick (without partition table a stick is called "super floppy").

But the most important is, that your CF-Card is primary master while
installing and later while booting. It IS possible to do it other ways
but it is quite some handwork which can easily be avoided (fiddling with
parameters in the bootloader, changing bootloader settings by hand and
changing kernel parameters).

Good luck and tell us, how it worked.

Marco / kruemi
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