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New Weirdness with Dell T110 II Server
If the computer has two bootable SATA drives, even if they are not the same brand, and regardless of BIOS boot priority, which one the server boots on is entirely random, and not necessarily the same from one boot to the next.

Dell tech support was not able to explain or fis this problem.
New two controllers?
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New SATA0 and SATA1, on the same controller.
New does sata need termination like scsi?
Any opinions expressed by me are mine alone, posted from my home computer, on my own time as a free American and do not reflect the opinions of any person or company that I have had professional relations with in the past 59 years. meep
New No
There can be only one device on a cable, so all devices provide termination.
Expand Edited by Andrew Grygus May 29, 2015, 10:12:11 PM EDT
New Have you seen this Russian site?
Link: Using the System Setup Program and UEFI Boot Manager.

Any chance that the motherboard battery that powers the NVRAM needs replacing? It would let the NVRAM forget stuff. I am assuming that this is a still current design practice.
Alex

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New Thanks, I forwarded that link to the VAR setting up that system.
I'll let you know if he says it helped any.
New Well, he said he went over all that for hours . . .
. . with Dell tech support. Tech support has written it up and submitted it as a bug.
New This brute-force approach may be worth trying.
     Weirdness with Dell T110 II Server - (Andrew Grygus) - (8)
         two controllers? -NT - (boxley) - (3)
             SATA0 and SATA1, on the same controller. -NT - (Andrew Grygus) - (2)
                 does sata need termination like scsi? -NT - (boxley) - (1)
                     No - (Andrew Grygus)
         Have you seen this Russian site? - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
             Thanks, I forwarded that link to the VAR setting up that system. - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                 Well, he said he went over all that for hours . . . - (Andrew Grygus)
         This brute-force approach may be worth trying. - (Another Scott)

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