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AHCI, SATA, Windows XP and ICH9M

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by gavinh, Aug 22, 2008.

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  1. gavinh

    gavinh Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm a little lost about how to make sure SATA drivers are loaded while I'm installing Windows so I can use it in SATA mode and not IDE-emulated.

    I'm trying to slipstream the Intel Storage Matrix Manager into nLite under the Drivers section but nLite isn't recognising the file, and from what I've read I should be integrating three files called aahci.inf, something, and something else. The ISMM folder doesn't have any *.inf files, so where am I supposed to download the driver with the aachi.inf and others?

    Also, I read somewhere else that ICH9M no longer uses AHCI? In that case, what am I supposed to do?
     
  2. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    Download this (XP 32-bit). It should have the INFs (iaAHCI). Slipstream it.
     
  3. ScifiMike12

    ScifiMike12 Drinking the good stuff

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    In that link provided, here's what it supports:

    Code:
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2681&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ESB2 SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C1&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C5&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2821&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH8R/DH/DO SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2829&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2922&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH9R/DO/DH SATA AHCI Controller"
    [SIZE="4"][B]PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2929&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller"[/B][/SIZE]
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A02&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH10D/DO SATA AHCI Controller"
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A22&CC_0106.DeviceDesc    = "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller"
    Looks like you're good to go with it. :D
     
  4. gavinh

    gavinh Notebook Evangelist

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    Sweet cheers guys.
     
  5. jisaac

    jisaac Notebook Deity

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    why are you bothering with ahci? degrades performance.. i mean do you need ncq or hot plugging?
     
  6. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    Enabling AHCI does not degrade performance. Running the HDD in IDE mode results in about a 5-10% loss in performance.
     
  7. gavinh

    gavinh Notebook Evangelist

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    No actually for normal usage IDE emulation is marginally, possibly insignificantly faster than AHCI.

    NCQ is only faster for random read/write tasks (iirc), which is why I want to enable it.
     
  8. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    My HDD....AHCI enabled and IDE mode
    NCQ generally slows performance very slightly in a non-server environment
     
  9. jisaac

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    i'm afraid thats not consistent with the 100 other benchmarks out there..
     
  10. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    Such as.......
    (You mean IDE mode is faster than AHCI ??)
     
  11. skriptspn

    skriptspn Newbie

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    I have successfully managed to switch from IDE to AHCI driver with my XP setup and ICH9M chipset. Now I have an external hdd case with 2 hard drives connected via E-SATA. I can get port multiplying to work under Linux (it sees both external drives), but Windows XP recognizes only one of the drives. Is there any way to make XP see both drives ? I was hoping that AHCI driver would take care of that ?
     
  12. asmir6980

    asmir6980 Newbie

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    HI ALL.I am new to this forum.
    I need help PLEASE.
    I have advent 5431 laptop and i am trying to put XP on it but i need the HD drivers for it.I did try about 10 diferent versions of XP but still no luck.
    Any help PLEASE??????


    Br:ASMIR6980
     
  13. drim3r

    drim3r Newbie

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    Hi man, sorry for my reply to an old thread, but i can't download. File is not found. :(

    Could please help me with a mirror from this file please??

    I will be waiting your answer. Many Thanks in advance. Regards.


    ____________

    Edit: well, i found a Lenovo download with this file:
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-70477.html

    Finally i could install Windows XP. :)
     
  14. klickveals

    klickveals Newbie

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    -> intel.com go to support & drivers, select chipset, OS version, the driver is called INTEL RST, or Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The driver to use during windows installation is referred to as the 'f6 install' and is fairly small. Then once you have windows installed you can download the full driver for windows if you want to use any of the features.

    refer to this thread if you're integrating with nlite - Integration of Intel's SATA AHCI and RAID drivers - MSFN Forums
     
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    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

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    Intel updates their drivers from time to time. download links change. search intel.com for the latest......
     
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