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+ - New MoBo has IDE boot disabled - is there a fix?

Submitted by
wattsup
wattsup writes "I recently purchased an MSI G965M-FI motherboard for a system upgrade. Overall the board is pretty good with lots of features, but it had one "unexpected feature" that I didn't know about when I bought it. The PATA100 IDE port won't allow you to install an operating system from a CD-ROM attached to it.

While its on their website, MSI doesn't tell you this on the retail packaging, until you break the seal on the static wrap and look at the motherboard. There, with a tiny labelplaced over the IDE connector to inform you "This IDE does not support OS installation in hard drive".

This made my out-of-box experience rather maddening, as I had to go get a USB based CD-ROM to install a fresh copy of XP.

This seems like a pretty lame way to save money, disabling functionality on an IDE port that's included. Some research shows me that other manufacturers are doing the same.

My question is; Does anybody know if this is an issue that can be fixed by upgrading the BIOS, or is this hard-wired?"

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