Had a little chat with Intel regarding my Issue...
Intel: Hello. Thank you for using the Intel Customer Support chat service. We are glad to be of service. How can I help you today?
Me: I bought a Atom mainboard D525MW, but I can't boot a harddrive connected to a raid card
Me: Is there a confirmed issue with that, my old pentium 3 computer did not have any problem with that
Intel: it might be a compatibility issue with the RAID card you are using
Me: I can however install the OS on it without any problem
Intel: have you tested with a different type of device to make sure the port is working?
Me: the Lycom ST-102 raidcard seems to be found correctly in the bios to, upgraded to latest bios to
Me: unfortunately I don't have a second raid card with a different manufacturer
Intel: I see, as you already did, ensure to have the latest BIOS update and latest Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility
Intel: if possible test with a different brand
Intel: but it seems to be a compatibility issue with the device
Me: I've read around the intel forum aswell and can see that there is a similar issue but with the USB stick, it's a linux system that are going to booted to
Intel: BIOS version 0074, correct ?
Me: the lycom card is well known working card for using with linux and are based on the Silicon image 3512 chipset
Intel: I see, unfortunately this motherboard is not designed to run such cards so they might work or they might not
Me: can you recommend perhaps a supposed to work raid card for PCI with 2 SATA ports?
Intel: As a corporate policy, we don't provide hardware recommendations and also your motherboard is not designed to work with this type of RAID cards. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding on this matter
Me: Okidoki, thanks for you answers.
Intel: Thank you for using chat. We value your suggestions and would appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete our survey. The survey will appear when you click "Close'' to close the chat window. Have a nice day.
Does the RAID card initialize during post?
While not likely, as you indicated it works with a Pentium 3 based system, it is possible that there is not enough option rom available to initialize the controller. You might try disabling Boot to USB, and Boot to Network to free up some option rom space to help initialize the card.
If it does initialize, are you able to get into the configuration utility for the RAID card during post?
If this is the case, you should go into BIOS, under Security there is an option for "Expansion Card Text" set that to enable and see if that card will allow you into configuration utility for the RAID controller.
Thanks for your input, I've tried all of your suggestions but with no luck.
I had a another Lycom ST102 too so I tried that but it didn't work either.
I also got the older D510MO runing windows and set it up like on the D525MW and it worked with with RAID setup... it must be a bug then in bios because these two boards must be almost identical except for the CPU and Memory.
I will try the chat again and see what they say this time...
I will be glad for any input you can come up with here.
Chat no 2 with Intel. Still no directly answers = they don't have clue... gave me an email address for raising this issue.
Allan: Hello. Thank you for using the Intel Customer Support chat service. We are glad to be of service. How can I help you today?
Me: Hi Allan
Me: I've got the D525MW atom board and it can't boot the RAID card Lycom ST102 with two WD harddrives (mirrored)
Allan: Does your computer work without the Raid card?
Me: i've tried with a different RAID card too but with no luck
Me: the setup works on my D510MO though
Me: it must be a bug in bios
Me: it says that i don't have a boot device
Allan: a BIOS bug or card compatibility
Me: have the board layout with components changed that much between D510MO and D525MW?
Allan: not really, just the chipset revision
Me: is it not just the CPU and memory that differs
Allan: if this is a bios issue, I recommend waiting for new BIOS version or contact your card manufacturer for compatibility information
Me: my project just got spoiled because of this :(... I don't think it a compatibility issue
Allan: I recommend reporting this issue to the following email address
Me: I will do that, thanks.
Allan: you're welcome.
Allan: Thank you for using chat. We value your suggestions and would appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete our survey. The survey will appear when you click "Close'' to close the chat window. Have a nice day.
I sent you a private message, please take a look at that and let me know.
I've experienced the same problem few month ago.
D525MW could not boot system (freebsd in my case) from Highpoint RocketRaid 1640 PCI SATA Raid controller.
BIOS Version 0089 - MWPNT10N.86A.0089.2011.0907.1600.
I was able to select it as boot device in BIOS, but it was not booting.
Any solution found?