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post #1 of 112
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So, here's the problem (for me at least):
With Windows 8, older hdd (mainly 3-4 years old Western Digital ones) will hang for 40ish minutes before booting with AMD AHCI drivers (found in Catalyst / Chipset drivers, no idea if FM1-2 users are affected). The problem is present with WHQL Windows 8 AMD drivers up to the new Catalyst 13.1.

SOLUTION (for now) : STAY with default Microsoft AHCI drivers or use your drives in IDE mode (in the BIOS)

Drive affected:
- Western Digital 5000AAKS
- Western Digital 6400AAKS
-WD1001FALS + WD20EARS

If you're getting this problem, feel free to give hdd info & cie thumb.gif


Original post:

Hi, I recently installed Windows 8 and I have an SSD (OS) + HDD (Data) setup (Crosshair V Formula-Z + 1090T).

The problem is, if I install the lastest AMD Chipset drivers for Windows 8 (12.10) and my HDD is plugged on AMD SATA, my OS won't boot up (will stay at the windows "loading").
The only way to boot is to use the HDD in the Asmedia SATA on the motherboard.

For performance, I'd like to use the AMD SATA, is there a way to do so? Or I just have to wait for other drivers?
And, if for new drivers, where can I report the "bug"?

Thank for your help!
Edited by Vaub - 1/31/13 at 12:34pm
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post #2 of 112
Hello,

Just to tell you I exactly have the same bug. I wish I could install the AMD chipset driver but my computer won't boot (the hard disk light on my desktop case remains on) if I do that.
I searched everywhere someone who could have the same problem but I didn't until now.

So I have only installed the AMD graphic driver and all is running fine but I think the AHCI AMD driver is better than the Microsoft one (when it works).

By the way when my computer was running Windows 7 I had to change the registry (AmdSataPMDisabled to dword:000000ff in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\amd_sata\Parameters\Device) in order the system can boot (Windows 7 was crashing without that) but it does not work anymore (?).
I have flashed my motherboard bios yesterday (the update is said to improve AHCI) but it does not work better either.

This second bug is common on my system (790X chipset) and I wonder why AMD has not brought any corrections since it's an old bug.

All that to say the problem could come from the AMD AHCI driver which becomes very buggy or works with only some chipsets. Did you activate AHCI in your bios ? I assume you did.

My system is : Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P (790X chipset, bios F9b), AHCI activated (only on hard disks), two SATA hard disks (WD Black and Samsung Green), MSI 6850R Cyclone (graphic card), AMD Phenom x4 945 not overclocked CPU, 4x Kingston Value 1333 DDR3 2Gb RAM, Corsair TX2/650 power supply.

Please tell me if you find any clues or walkthroughs about this bug (the first one, the one you're experiencing too), I promise I'll do the same if I find something useful.

Thank you,

Ash, from France.
post #3 of 112
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I'll try to make it work tonight, I have searched on Internet and it seems that a reformat of the other hdd could do the trick. Since I'm way to lazy & impatient for a total backup & reinstallation of my programs, I'll check if there isn't an other way.

The thing I really hate with Win8 is the fact that I can't boot in safe mode mad.gif

I'll post if I find anything.

EDIT:

So I did not find any fix for that bug, I guess a reformat would do the trick. That being said, my motherboard can run its SATA 5 & 6 on IDE and its working well, seems a good compromise compared from the asmedia chip. AMD AHCI driver seems to be a no-go for me in Win8.
Edited by Vaub - 10/30/12 at 7:36pm
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Thank you for your research. I guess it's over for me too. Though the MS AHCI seems to work correctly and I've got no problem either. But if AMD/ATI is as reactive as concerning my other bug, I'm not optimistic about the next releases.

Regards,
Ash
post #5 of 112
i have the same problem, but didn't reinstall windows. I wait about 35 min (some times 48 min) to load then i roll back the driver
this problem just on boot, after booting it run normally
post #6 of 112
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Originally Posted by darknessmc View Post

i have the same problem, but didn't reinstall windows. I wait about 35 min (some times 48 min) to load then i roll back the driver
this problem just on boot, after booting it run normally

Oh, so it actually boots; might do a run to check if windows event log have something to say about it. Thank for the info, I gave up after 10m rolleyes.gif
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I found this in event log
"The shadow copy of volume C: could not grow its shadow copy storage on volume C:"

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13
2
0
0x80000000000000

3808
System


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\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1
C:
C:
0000000003003000000000000D0006C001000000850100C001000000000000000000000000000000



I didn't understand why the system use a shadow copy on booting
post #8 of 112
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That's strange, I disabled it and nothing changed for mine.

Anyway, I think Windows 8 is one of the biggest fail I ever seen. You can't boot into safe mode, there's only an auto-repair thing that just broke my Win8 OS installation.

*** Microsoft, it's my third install of that OS. If the kernel is that improved, you could've stayed the same for debugging my OWN PC, I don't need an utility to broke it for me mad.gif
Sorry about that rant, I'm mad and I can't find my Win7 DVD so I need to stay with that stupidity of OS. Guess this time I'll forget the AMD AHCI drivers.
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Quote:
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That's strange, I disabled it and nothing changed for mine.
Anyway, I think Windows 8 is one of the biggest fail I ever seen. You can't boot into safe mode, there's only an auto-repair thing that just broke my Win8 OS installation.
*** Microsoft, it's my third install of that OS. If the kernel is that improved, you could've stayed the same for debugging my OWN PC, I don't need an utility to broke it for me mad.gif
Sorry about that rant, I'm mad and I can't find my Win7 DVD so I need to stay with that stupidity of OS. Guess this time I'll forget the AMD AHCI drivers.

no safe mode?

http://www.howtogeek.com/107511/how-to-boot-into-safe-mode-on-windows-8-the-easy-way/
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I tried, but it seems F8 is also a boot menu for the CHVF-Z.
So, I just don't have the time to hold shift and spam F8 after choosing the boot drive.
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