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Help please - dumb question about the rear panel esata connector on a p8z68 v/gen3

post #1 of 11
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I have read a ton of threads as well as the user manual, and am getting somewhat conflicting information. Now, I'm SURE I'm the 1 that's doing something wrong here, but for the life of me I just can't figure out what.

What I am trying to do is use the esata connector on the back of my motherboard. That's it. Nothing special. I just want to connect a drive to the esata port, but no matter what I connect to it - nothing is ever recognized. I connected a powered hard drive docking station(with a drive in it obviously) - got nothing. I tried a simple usb powered esata to sata drive cable, that didn't work either(esata+usb connector on 1 end - sata data+pwr connector on the other)

The user manual for the v/gen3 says there IS a esata connector on the MB, and there is. However it's all red plastic inside and I can't see any pins or contacts or anything in it. I'm starting to wonder if it's a dummy port - you know, physically there, but not actually wired to anything. Maybe the esata port is only functional on the pro version of this motherboard? or something like that?

Acting as if the esata port WAS active for me - the manual says to make sure the JMB Storage Controller is set to enabled in the bios (it is) and to make sure the JMicron JMB36X Controller Driver is installed. Well, when i go to install that driver, I get an error message that says "No JMicron JMB36X SCSI Adapter Found. Setup program will now terminate. Is that proof that the esata jack on the back IS just a dummy port?

Am I missing something here?

Can I make this esata port work for me?

Any info/advice greatly appreciated!

Thanks.
post #2 of 11
I don't have this board, so just trying to help from the PDF manual. I take it you have enabled both the JMB controller, and the OPROM in the BIOS? I'd also enable display optionrom in POST, at least then you can watch at boot to see if it goes through the JMB Rom program. The manual does say your board should have it, can you check the board and see the JMB chip? it should be located beside your PCI-E x16_1 slot just at the back of the PCI-E x1_1 slot. If the chip's there, at least you know it should be working. It is possible the chip is faulty though. BUt that is the things i'd be checking first. smile.gif
post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the reply. I followed what you said as best i could, and from what I could see on the board, the chip is there, but the pdf shows the chip behind the 16x slot as a usb3.0 chip, not the jmb thing. Regardless, the chip is there in the position you mentioned, so I'm going with that being a yes LOL.. All 3 things are enabled in the bios, but I do not see anything different in the post, or anything that even mentions JMB or jmicron. It's just a quick flash of detected drives and that's it. Thank you so much for the effort and the response Latelesly!

Now, ....

If anyone else can offer any additional advice it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED
post #4 of 11
Have you watched it booting with a drive installed in the eSATA port? One thing I did note in the instructions was that it doesn't support ATAPI devices, ONLY HDD's. Can you try booting with an HDD connected to the eSATA port, and see if there is anything different?
post #5 of 11
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At the moment I have a powered 2 bay HDD dock connected, and while the drives aren't visible, the dock also has a card reader on it, and that is visible. I just picked up an 'esata/usb to sata drive' cable, and will connect a drive the the esata port using that and see if I get any different results. I'll be sure to post the results- if any, when I get them. Oh, and thanks again for your reply - it's kind of you to follow up, and I appreciate it. Thanks.
post #6 of 11
Not a problem! I think you'll find the dock is the problem, It'll be putting electronics between the drive, and eSATA port, and will probably present to the port as an ATAPI device. You say the card reader shows up....I'm wondering of your dock is like mine, does it also have USB ports, and do you have a USB cable hooked up to it? That could explain the card reader showing up.
post #7 of 11
if multiple devices are in the dock and multiple drives your eSata port needs to support port multiplication, Else only one device will be detected.
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post #8 of 11
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I know - there's only 1 drive in the dock. But it's irrelevant as even that 1 drive isn't visible. I'm hoping I'll have better luck with the esata/usb to sata cable. As I mentioned earlier, when I get results from trying that cable, I'll be sure to post the results. Finding the time to do this stuff seems almost as hard as finding the problem itself LOL
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Not a problem! I think you'll find the dock is the problem, It'll be putting electronics between the drive, and eSATA port, and will probably present to the port as an ATAPI device. You say the card reader shows up....I'm wondering of your dock is like mine, does it also have USB ports, and do you have a USB cable hooked up to it? That could explain the card reader showing up.

Yup - card reader, 2 usb ports and the ability to dock 1 sata drive and 1 ide drive. The reason I got the stupid dock in the 1st place is to get access to my older ide drives as the MB has no ide connectors. I might have to try some ide to sata adapters if my esata/usb to sata cable works.
Edited by fixr - 1/21/13 at 9:09am
post #10 of 11
It sounds very similar to the docking station I got. I have mine just hooked up with the USB cable, and it recognises drives when i install them in the SATA or IDE dock. I have an eSATA port in the dock too, but don't use it. That said, I only use the dock for doing backups of machines i'm sorting. It's handy for chucking a drive in and backing up data if its been eaten with a virus, and needs flattening to fix it. Sometimes even just running a scan saves me a re-install. I can understand wanting the eSATA working if you're regularly accessing drives. I don't think the JMB chipset is going to support it, but if you have a free SATA port on your M/B, maybe something like this could work for you? smile.gif
Edited by latelesley - 1/21/13 at 10:07am
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