My EX661L (socket 478) has two SATA ports on the motherboard. However, SATA is not supported in the bios. I've read that if you force flash the bios with firmware from the EX661 (no L), then SATA will be enabled. I tried doing that using Uniflash but I got an error when it tried to verify the flash. After rebooting it turned out that the bios was not flashed with the new firmware anyway. Is there a way I can force flash the bios that actually works? I've scoured the net but there's very little information other than people telling me to use Uniflash. Thanks!
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Access to your Bios Setup & configure the Bios settings.
Features Setup Page : This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the system.
CMOS SETUP UTILITY - Copyright (C) 1985-2003, American Megatrends, Inc. Features Setup OnBoard Floppy Controller : Enabled Serial Port1 Address 3F8/IRQ4 : Enabled OnBoard IR Port : Disabled Parallel Port Address : 378 Parrllel Port Mode : ECP ECP Mode DMA Chnnel : DMA3 Parallel Port IRQ : IRQ7 OnBoard PCI IDE Controller : Both OnBoard SATA-IDE : Enabled *(Make sure This is enabled) Audio Device : Enabled Modem Device : Auto Ethernet Device : Enabled
If you have got a SATA III HDD, ie if it is a Western Digital Sata III you need to configure the jumpers to work with your older Sata interface port.(Only Sata 1 & 2 ports on your Mainboard Socket 478). As for Seagate Sata III HDD, the configuration is automatic.
If your 500GD HDD is not detected, try updating the BIOS!
A word of caution "Updating the Bios is not for the Novice" Do it at your own risk. Failure in updating the Bios may render your Mainboard useless.
Once you reset the bios everything goes to manufactures default settings. You will need to make some changes within the bios. You'll need the help of the manual. See page 3-20. If your operating system is loaded on to the ATA IDE drive make sure you set bios settings as follows: Connect the ATA IDE to MB primary master IDE port. Connect the ATA SATA drive to the MB's first SATA port. ATA Configuration Set as, [P-ATA+S-ATA] S-ATA Keep [Enabled] Set to [Yes] This enables the SATA controller. P-ATA Keep [Enabled] Set to [Yes] This enables the IDE controller. On-chip IDE configuration, "ATA Configuration = [P-ATA+S-ATA]". Next go to Boot menu. Make sure the ATA IDE drive is chosen as boot device three. First boot device [Floppy] (If you have a floppy disk drive connected.) Second boot device would be [DVD/CD-ROM] drive. This should be connected to the MB's secondary IDE port & the DVD/CD-ROM drives Master/Slave jumper, set to Master. Third boot device [ATA IDE drive] If your boot drive is the SATA drive than set: third boot device to the SATA drive. (Hard disk drive with operating system loaded on it). Save your changes & exit the bios. Keep in mind all ATA SATA drives are seen as Master drives. SATA drives are seen by the SATA controller & in order by their connection to the SATA port number. Save & exit the bios. The system will auto restart. Windows should start.
From datasheet on Intel 82865GV:
> The 82865GV does not support AGP.
ECS use selfmade "AGP-express" port, which isn`t "real" AGP. It is answer that this motherboard need to support videoadapters by BIOS.
Recommendation - do not use this motherboard (and other on i865GV chipset) with "external" graphic.