[CS-FSLUG] mini-ITX boot problem

Ron Thompson ron.t at xplornet.com
Thu Apr 2 08:10:28 CDT 2009

On Thursday 02 April 2009 03:57, Marco Tedaldi wrote:
> 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?

   Unfortunately no, only this old CD that I used to initially install the OS 
had a jumper.  The CF card has spots labled jumper, but they're only holes in 
the board, and there is no mention of jumpers in the documentation.  I have 
e-mailed Startech's support and hope to hear from them soon.
> 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.

    OK, I thought the connnector labelled P2, in the middle was master, I 
could try again with the CD in middle.
> > 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).

    I'm hoping that Startech will have some news about the "missing" jumpers 
on the CF adapter card, it would be very nice to be able to set the card to 
master.  Regrettably the IDE adapter I have for the CD is generic with no 
> Good luck and tell us, how it worked.

   I will.


Ron Thompson, |^|
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
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