Does anyone else have major problems with the eSATA port on the back?
I have an external HDD cabinet with eSATA support, so I use it quite often, but it's a real nightmare.
I have to power on the external HDD just after booting into Windows for it to work properly, because
- if I wait too long and power it on after having used the PC for a few minutes, the drive wont get recognized and the system will freeze for a few seconds at a time at seemingly random intervals before eventually giving a BSOD.
- if I already have the cabinet powered on while booting, Windows will refuse to load until I shut it off, at which point it will resume loading and boot perfectly fine.
The proper drivers are installed, so that's not the issue.
Super annoying. I bet I wouldn't have this problem if ASRock had decided to use the native Intel controller for eSATA instead of the Marvell one.EDIT:
I fixed it by updating the drivers for the Marvell controller.
Latest ones from ASRock were 126.96.36.1997.
Installed newer ones from a third party site
, 188.8.131.524, and now it seems much better.EDIT2:
Actually, booting works now, but it still wont allow me to power on the drive after using Windows for more than a couple of minutes. I'm giving up on this, I'll just use the SATA to eSATA bracket that came with my previous (Gigabyte) motherboard and connect it to one of the native controller ports. The Marvell controller is awfully unusable, so I'll disable it in UEFI and leave it that way.Edited by HothBase - 11/18/11 at 8:00am