Does anyone know of a solution to support PCI sata on systems where BIOS cannot boot from add-in cards? PC is Dell dimension 2400 P4. Disappointed no PCI boot support, since similar model 2350 does apparently have this option.
I am looking for a bootloader workaround which can boot from USB or IDE flash drive and provide support to boot Windows7 located on SATA drive. Yes this is an awkward solution, but I can't believe it has not been done before! I have generic VIA VT6421A SATA PCI controller.
Alternately, is there a PCI sata card with bootable ROM onboard? I recall some years ago using a PCI IDE card which loaded its own bios after system BIOS boot.
Certainly I could replace the mainboard and say "problem solved," but I am looking for a more awesome solution than that.
Oh right and Win7 installer can recognize drives hooked up to the PCI SATA controller, and even tells me the device is not bootable!