[Noisebridge-discuss] bios sees hard drive, but won't offer it as a boot option

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 01:56:13 UTC 2011

Here's a new one on me.

I'm installing Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 800. It has one IDE controller 
and 4 SATA slots. I have no SATA drives, only one each IDE DVD drive and 
IDE hard disk.

The BIOS booted from my DVD drive, found my hard drive, and allowed me 
to install Linux to the hard disk. Popped out the DVD, rebooted, and was 
told I had no boot device. Went back to the BIOS, and found that 
although the IDE hard drive is indicated and found, only the DVD drive 
is offered as a boot option.

I did reboot with my live CD and checked the MBR, and indeed it is 
flagged as bootable. Not that I think it's getting this far anyway.

Any ideas?

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