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Old 11-10-2009, 02:42 PM   #16
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Have you tried...

Have you considered my suggestion for chainloading from the Windows bootloader? I would be interested in finding out if it works.

What happens when you press F2 when the Promise card shows F1/F2? Is there nothing that could save you that F1 keystroke at every boot?

Notice how the problem has been reduced to chasing the details.

In all, well done.

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Old 11-10-2009, 02:52 PM   #17
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want to slap it in the face and say "There's only one drive. You're being used as a common IDE adapter. There's no array. Get over yourself
Funny; I think the Windows driver refuses to use it as anything but RAID, and it's slow at boot. Well, my mistake for ever getting a Promise product to begin with, won't make that mistake again. Glad you got it working..
 
Old 11-11-2009, 07:05 PM   #18
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Have you considered my suggestion for chainloading from the Windows bootloader? I would be interested in finding out if it works.
I'm new to the world of linux, bootloaders, and dual-booting. Also this is my main system, so I'm hesitant to experiment for the sake of knowledge only.

Also I view Windows as a sinking ship to be evacuated and abandoned. When I'm in Linux I access files that I created in Windows, but not the other way around. I figure if Windows gets infected with a virus that tampers with Linux filesystem files, I have a layer of protection because Windows doesn't have the drivers to work with the RAID card and thus the attached linux drive.

The only little annoyance, -[one more annoyance among the many in Windows]- is that when I boot up XP it dutifully informs me that it has detected new hardware and can attempt to find drivers for it. I want to tell it "Quit asking me that, I barely trust you with the drive your installed on! You don't know this because I have to trick you with a modified GRUB entry, but you're not the primary drive/OS in this system. So learn your role!"

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What happens when you press F2 when the Promise card shows F1/F2? Is there nothing that could save you that F1 keystroke at every boot?
I tried pressing F2 and it takes me to the (motherboard) BIOS setup. Right after it scans the drives and displays the array, it briefly displays "press Ctrl+F to enter (FastTrak setup)". Then it displays the F1/F2 choice.

I entered the card's setup and tried redefining the array, but the array is -apparently- in the only configuration it can possibly be in, given that I have a single drive connected.

I also looked for an 'options' or 'settings' menu (to turn the F1-to-continue message off). There weren't any such options.

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Notice how the problem has been reduced to chasing the details.
Yeah thats pretty much how I feel about it. It occured to me that I have to be present to enter my account name and password at the login screen, so pressing F1 is just an additional step. Its not like I'm sending a 'wake on LAN' command through a cell phone on the way home or anything. I walk over and press the power button, so whats one more button right? Once F1 is pressed it quickly goes to GRUB.

I actually have the manual for this card. Its 89 pages and I figured A)I don't have any experience with configuring RAID adapters, and B) why read this manual when most of the info will be about features I won't be using? When I looked through the manual today, there's NO information about single-drive setups (aka using the card as an IDE adapter). So its funny how finding information on attaching a single drive is harder than finding info about the relatively complex RAID functions.

I guess the team at Promise couldn't fathom that someone might use their wonderful product to add a single drive to their system.

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Well, my mistake for ever getting a Promise product to begin with, won't make that mistake again. Glad you got it working..
Yep its working, so I'm happy. The important thing is the icon at the lower left of my posts went from a window pane to a Ubuntu symbol. :)
 
  


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