Clevo P150HM/Sager NP8150 BIOS issue with SSD drives

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  1. jaybee83

    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    Hey Clevo folks!

    I recently flashed my P150HM laptop from EC 1.00.02 / BIOS 1.01.04 to EC 1.00.04 / BIOS 1.01.06. Flashing went down without a hitch, used a usb stick with DOS and the .bat files kindly provided in this thread: Clevo Bios Thread

    The first restart of my system was no problem, but the next time i cold started it would strangely try to boot from the network controller! so, i switched into the BIOS and realized that my primary hard drive (Corsair F90 SSD with a secondary Seagate 500GB HDD in the ODD bay) on SATA port 0 wasnt recognized! So, what i checked was the following:

    Saving any changes and restarting directly from the BIOS, it would then recognize my SSD and boot normally.

    Switching off the laptop and cold starting it again through the power button would again result in the SSD not being recognized.

    Took out both hard drives, switched on the laptop and let it try to boot. switched it off again, re-installed the hard drives and checked again. Same issue as before.

    Finally, i downgraded the BIOS to version 1.01.04 and luckily, everything seems to be fine again. The laptop now boots correctly every time i switch it on. I left the current EC version 1.00.04 since it didnt seem to be the root of the problem.

    Thus, in the end, not really a critical problem but annoying as hell since id have to switch into the BIOS every time i wanna boot in order to be able to load up windows (using the newest BIOS 1.01.06)!

    Now, what i would like to know is, if any of you other guys with SSD drives in their P150HM laptops had a similar issue with the new BIOS version? If so, would it be restricted to Corsair Force drives / Sandforce drives or would it be affecting all SSDs?

    If this isn´t a one-time thing then id defintely like to contact Clevo to inform them about their faulty update, otherwise this issue would continue to come up in future BIOS revisions!

    Thanks in advance for ur input guys!

    Cheers
     
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    I just set up my shiny new P170HM and have pretty much the same issue. Installed Corsair Force 120, on a cold boot, no ssd in bios. Reboot and it sees it.

    So I turn on the laptop (or try to resume from hibernation) and it tried to boot off the secondary drive ;(

    -David
     
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    So it sounds like the issue is at least restricted to Sandforce based drives, but it may just be a coincidence with your BIOS update that it first occurred.

    I was not aware of this at all for Sandforce drives and I'm glad I didn't yet bite on a new Vertex 3 for my desktop.
     
  5. jaybee83

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    thanks for the heads-up! ive already noticed that u changed ur F60 config in ur sig, now i know why ^^

    "Mathis512: I was not aware of this at all for Sandforce drives and I'm glad I didn't yet bite on a new Vertex 3 for my desktop."

    well afaik its only been affecting SF1200 drives with 32nm flash and firmware version 2.0 or older so far. It seems like this recurring problem is based on the SATA connector not taking enough time in order for the primary hard drive to be detected, thus the port determines that theres no drive present even before the SF SSD had a chance to give off a life signal :p Judging from my toying around with the different BIOS revisions on m P150HM, I presume that the older BIOS 1.01.04 probably sets a longer time frame for the SATA ports to detect hard drives. Ill stick to this setup for the time being and see if i can pull the drigger on one of the newer SF2200 based SSD drives like the Vertex 3 or the Crucial m4 :)
     
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    It's not Sandforce drives, it's just Corsair drives that have a problem with the Clevos (according to my reseller). I'm getting a Crucial C300 as a replacement which had been tested by the resellers.

    I reflashed mine to 1.01.04, and still does not detect the drive. My netbook doesn't even detect it either. So I ruled out that the drive is inoperable...unfortunately.
     
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    damn that sucks....at least ull get a very nice replacement indeed, with the C300 :D
     
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    Actually I RMA'ed my drive, so i'll be getting a new F60. I ordered the C300 as a primary drive, and putting the RMA F60 to my netbook heh. My data would be gone though :(
     
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    Natadiem Notebook Evangelist

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    I just want to add that while the C300 and C400 works with the P150HM...there is known issue with the intel storage driver.
    Hopefully there is a solution:
    Solution: C300 Disk Freeze-ups in Windows 7 solved... - Crucial Community
    I got to change this in the register in order to avoid a 1 minute freeze each time after reboot in windows 7. The freeze never happened again when playing, working and so on.
    Now I have no problem and I have the "old chipset". Hope it helps.
     
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    I'm assuming you have the latest Crucial firmware?
     
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