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Booting without SCSI BIOS

By Addam Moody ·
I am about to purchase a new scsi controller for my system, as i have recently upgraded and, as is often the case, no longer have anywhere to put my ISA scsi card.

Now, as i got the ISA card free, naturally i had several simultaneous heart attacks when i looked at the pricing on PCI scsi controllers.

However, it seems cards w/o a scsi bios chip are incredibly cheap. I expect there is good reasoning behind this.

I have tried in vain to find information on this, reading all the support forums i frequent, and checking SCSI FAQ's, and although they often skirt the issue, there isnt a definative answer to my question.
It is, pardoning the expletive, totally bloody frustrating.

And so, i turn to techrepublic for info.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SCSI BIOS ON YOUR SCSI ADAPTER, BUT YOUR SYSTEM BIOS SUPPORTS BOOTING FROM SCSI, AND THE ONLY DEVICES IN YOUR SYSTEM ARE SCSI HARD DISKS, CAN YOU BOOT FROM A HDD ON ID0, WITH A STANDARD WIN98 MBR, OR DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE SCSI BIOS.
Excuse the caps, but at least you know which part of the post is the question :)

If you are not 100% certain about the answer, please dont waste your time posting an answer, as i have read through so many responses that really dont tell me anything about what i asked over the past few days, and it gets boring real quick!

Then again if you can help me, please do, as i would greatly appreciate it, I'd much rather spend $50 AUD on a tekram card than $380 AUD for an adaptec card w/ scsi bios.

As for why dont i buy a tekram card with BIOS? because the price from my supplier is so close to the adaptec prices, that id rather go with adaptec, because i have had 0 problems with adaptec cards.

Why dont i buy an adaptec card w/o BIOS?
If im going for a cheap card w/o BIOS then it doesnt really matter what brand i go for. If im spending $300+, it has to be adaptec. makes sense yeah?.

Appreciated,
Addam.

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