When I installed a TF III GTX 570 video card I lost my PCIE-X1 slot and 1 SATA port on the Inspiron 530 Foxconn G33-M03 MOBO I am still running. Now aside from the fact that I need to upgrade the MOBO...
I added a Rosewill RC-209-EX PCI-SATA adapter (SiL3114) to gain back 4 SATA ports. The card is working fine.
It is slow compared to the MOBO SATA ports but I expected that. I have a Seagate 500GB HDD and an Optiarc DVD R/W drive attached to it. BUT..... I can not boot from either device. They do not appear in the boot options....
Based on my reading I got the "NON-RAID" (IDE/ATA emulation) BIOS from Silicon Image and flashed the card's BIOS since I will not be using it for RAID. It is just for more SATA ports. Should I be able to "see" the PCI-SATA card and its attached devices in the 530's BIOS Setup Screen? Is it a limitation of my Dell neutered BIOS?
The RC-209-EX documentation specifically states it "supports" CD/DVD drives.
There is plenty written about booting from a RAID array configured to the RC-209-EX but very little about booting from single device.
Any input would be appreciated. I have already tried several things but with no luck.