If your BIOS supports this, try setting the boot device in CMOS
configuration to SCSI Boot Device.

it does, and that's how we have it.

 The problem is that the offboard ATA
controller you are using has its own BIOS, thus the system BIOS will not
boot a disk attatched to it.

I don't think so, the system BIOS scans the i/o address space for executable segements and passes control to any that it finds, giving the disk controller card a chance to run its own code, hook interrupts, etc.

 Setting SCSI boot device will mostly make your
BIOS offer to hand booting over to what ever device offers to take it. Most
(modern) ATA controllers respond to the call for a "SCSI boot device" and
take controle, then booting the system from the hard drives they own.

agreed, but it's not happening. We've played a lot with the System bios settings and with the tx2000 bios setup utility, which sees the drives correctly.


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