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Under Integrated Peripherals "SATA RAID/AHCI mode" change to "AHCI" !!! "Onboard SATA" is Gygabyte controller (White), you dont need it (you can even disable it since you won't be using it, might give 2-3 extra seconds during boot). Now you prolly will get Blue screen. If you do, reinstall windows.

Also, I would enable HDD SMART capability under Advanced BIOS features.

What options do you have under Init PCI Otions?
What options do you have under Hard Disk boot Priority?

Maybe some Gygabyte user can suggest other essential changes.
Edited by XSCounter - 4/22/11 at 12:19pm
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Are you sure? I assumed that was for RAID support, and I only needed to set AHCI further down on the list.

What does nay of this have to do with the error message. And how can I check when TRIM is finally working?

I'm really fed up to be honest, first I find out that my SATA III controller doesn't support TRIM and now I find out that my notice SATA II controller needs drivers - that don't work - to be installed.

So much for this "SSD's are better!" claims if it degrades and slows down majorly very quickly without some so-called TRIM command that is desperately installed through a serious of eventually compatible hardware and software!
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The thing is, your setup was initially screwed a bit. You just didn't notice it coz it didn't matter that much with HDD. But for SSD, it's a huge bottleneck, if you are not running in AHCI mode. And the driver won't install exactly because controller was not in AHCI mode.

So, give it the last shot. Change SATA RAID/AHCI entry from Disabled to AHCI. Leave "Port 0-3 Native Mode" Disabled. I would switch "Onboard SATA/IDE" to Disabled if you are not planning to use it. You shouldn't really, unless you have so many drives and cd-roms that require extra sata ports.

Also, enable "HDD S.M.A.R.T. capability" under Advanced BIOS Features.

Since you had Windows installed in IDE mode before, you will most likely get BSOD after switching to AHCI. There is a way to fix it in Windows that won't force you to reinstall Windows after it, but it will require messing with registry. So it's easier to simply reinstall Windows once again.

After that you will get the best possible performace from your drives. Good luck!
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So basically what you're saying is I enabled the wrong AHCI in the BIOS. Because you're telling me to completely disable the "Onboard SATA / IDE".

So I need to re-install (again) install chipset drivers, install display drivers then install the Intel RST drivers. Correct?

EDIT: Here's the other info you provided.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Ch1 S. C300-(etc)
Ch3 M. SAMSUNG (etc)

Init Display First
PCI (Selected)
PCIE x16-1
PCIE x16-2
PCIE x4-1

I did follow some guide that edited the registry to change some parts from 3 to 0 but whne I did it they were already all at 0. IIRC this was to set to AHCI in registry. Are you sure?
Edited by Sheza - 4/22/11 at 2:23pm
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So basically what you're saying is I enabled the wrong AHCI in the BIOS. Because you're telling me to completely disable the "Onboard SATA / IDE".

So I need to re-install (again) install chipset drivers, install display drivers then install the Intel RST drivers. Correct?
Correct. You enabled AHCI on Gygabyte (non-native) SATA controller which is White controller on your motherboard and you don't even have a drive connected to it so switching it to AHCI made zero difference.

"SATA RAID/AHCI Mode" is Intel controller - the one you needed and the one your SSD is connected right now.

And correct again. You will most probably have to reinstall Windows and then insall all the drivers again, starting with INF, then Video, then RST and then the rest of the drivers (audio, ethernet etc.). After all drivers, you can let windows update do it's thing. Just make sure it doesn't install any drivers.
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If it's a guide similar to this one:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ta.html?filter
Then it should do it.

Regarding "Init Display First", I googled it. It just lets your mobo know where to look for video card first. Changing it doesn't really affect anything. So leave it.

In "Hard Disk Boot Priority" it also seems fine.
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If it's a guide similar to this one:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ta.html?filter
Then it should do it.

Regarding "Init Display First", I googled it. It just lets your mobo know where to look for video card first. Changing it doesn't really affect anything. So leave it.

In "Hard Disk Boot Priority" it also seems fine.
It was the Regedit part of that, yes. I checked it and it was already like that.

So I guess I just "continue" with the guide and change the BIOS to essentially swap the types over, the top one to AHCI from disabled, and the bottom one to disabled from AHCI.

If I get a blue screen I re-install Windows.

I will do that first thing tomorrow morning. It sort of makes sense.
Edited by Sheza - 4/22/11 at 3:09pm
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Right well, I didn't get a blue screen. I'm still a bit "in the dark" as to whether TRIM is now working. But the SATA/RAID controller is now on AHCI from Disabled.

Is there any way of confirming TRIM is being ran? Windows 7 says it's ready, is there no " Force TRIM " application that will report back if it can't do it?

EDIT: Right, yes, of course. I forgot to install the RST after I changed the controller. Will do that now...

BY GOLLY, IT WORKS
Edited by Sheza - 4/22/11 at 11:37pm
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Unfortunately, there is no easy way to confirm if it's working. But if you are running Intel Controller with latest drivers, then 99.9% that is it. Glad, that you sorted it! Good job
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