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Anyone got any info on this? can't boot into windows with bios AHCI enabled but I really would like to!
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If I remember correctly, the DS3 has 4 sata ports on an ICH8, not an ICH8R? It also has that Jmicron Sata controller for 2 more sata ports. I think they are the 2 purple ones.

The Jmicron ports are the only ones that you can set up in raid. Edit also AHCI.

The others (the ich8 ports) wont do raid. They also don't support matrix storage technology because it isn't an Ich8R. So the point I'm getting to is that because of all that, those 4 ports wont do AHCI even though it might show up in the bios.

The bottom line of that is that those four ports won't run in Native Sata or support NCQ. The only way you get those things is on those 2 ports that are controlled by the jmicron controller.


Edit......here it is straight from Intel.

Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug.

Note: Intel® Matrix Storage Manager software supports AHCI.

AHCI is built into chipsets with the following controller hubs:

* Intel® 82801HEM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M-E) - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 82801HBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M) - AHCI only
* Intel® 82801HR/HH/HO I/O Controller Hub (ICH8R) - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 631xESB/632xESB I/O Controller Hub - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 82801GHM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7MDH) - RAID only
* Intel® 82801GBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7M) - AHCI only
* Intel® 82801GR I/O Controller Hub (ICH7R) - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 82801GH I/O Controller Hub (ICH7DH) - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 82801FR I/O Controller Hub (ICH6R) - RAID and AHCI
* Intel® 82801FBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH6M) - AHCI only

ICH8, ICH7 and ICH6-based chipsets, as well as ICH5 and ICH5R-based chipsets, do not use AHCI.


Now as I am typing and thinking about this, I had to check on the GB website and I did find the AHCI drivers for the Jmicron controller. They are in with the raid drivers in the self extracting zip executable. So you will have to download those and write them to a floppy and use the F6 during the XP install to load them. That should put those two ports into ahci mode for the OS and let you have those 2 in native sata and NCQ if you want.

Heck, you might as well set up raid if you have to go through all that.
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Aw. That sucks. I guess I'll just have to turn it off when I boot into windows. I'll just create a separate load file in BIOS and use that.

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See page 73 in the manual for the details on how to load AHCI. They confirm that the process is an F6 install during the OS installation.
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Oh I thought F6 was RAID. I'll check it.
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I have the ICH8R set to Raid mode with AHCI on and dual boot to Vista and XP with no problems. Of course, I had to install XP about 5 time before I found out the AHCI drivers caused the USB floppy I was using to be disabled in the middle of the install (it would keep asking me to put the drivers into A: drive even though it was in there). After I "borrowed" the floppy from my other PC, the drivers loaded up like a charm!

Oh, and I can confirm that ICH8 supports AHCI even if Intel doesn't list it or says otherwise because that's exactly what I am using (ICH8R with AHCI).
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I have the ICH8R set to Raid mode with AHCI on and dual boot to Vista and XP with no problems. Of course, I had to install XP about 5 time before I found out the AHCI drivers caused the USB floppy I was using to be disabled in the middle of the install (it would keep asking me to put the drivers into A: drive even though it was in there). After I "borrowed" the floppy from my other PC, the drivers loaded up like a charm!

Oh, and I can confirm that ICH8 supports AHCI even if Intel doesn't list it or says otherwise because that's exactly what I am using (ICH8R with AHCI).
Yes, that is true. But ICH8 and ICH8R are two different controllers. The board in question only has an ICH8.
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ICH8 does support AHCI, Intel just doesn't want you to know. If you update to the latest Gigabyte BIOS, there's a new option in there to turn on AHCI.

However, getting the drivers to work properly is an issue. Intel doesn't have ICH8 drivers that support AHCI (no idea why), but there are FAQs out there to hack the inf files to have AHCI turned on (Google it).

Here's a quote from techreport (http://www.techreport.com/reviews/20...5/index.x?pg=2):
"Update &mdash Some of Intel's datasheets incorrectly indicate that the ICH8 lacks support for AHCI, but Intel tells us that's not the case. The ICH8 apparently does support AHCI, and thus NCQ as well, but an AHCI driver is required. That driver is supposedly built into Windows Vista, but we're awaiting confirmation on whether an equivalent exists for Windows XP. In either case, our ICH8-equipped P5B-VM motherboard lacks the necessary BIOS switch to enable AHCI"
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I have F11b and know how to turn it on. However, won't work with Windows.
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As I stated above, Google the following words "AHCI Intel INF edit". One (or more) of the posts will show you what to edit in the inf file in order to get AHCI properly installed in XP for ICH8 boards.
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