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Trying to activate the sata connections for the harddrive on the 865GM2-LS motherboard, any and help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Steve Brown May 11, 2010

    are you setting the computer up with a sata as the master drive with the Operating System or is it a slave with a ide drive as the master?

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You must set the boot options in the BIOS to get SATA drives set up. When you first start the computer, press [Delete] key to enter the BIOS. Check out the menu options to activate the SATA drives. If you want the SATA drive to boot into Windows, the SATA connections must be set as first boot. The problem I found, I had an IDE CD/DVD drive and a SATA hard drive. I couldn't boot IDE to start the Windows Install disk and have it write to the SATA drive.
I had to buy a SATA CD/DVD drive to work with my SATA hard drive.

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Go to the bios, then unable the sata option, just check the options there

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Wiring diagram emachine T5246


OKAY!

There's what I'm talkin' about!

The model number.

The eMachines T5246 Desktop PC uses a
Foxconn/Winfast MCP61PM2MA motherboard.

[You stated Foxconn/Winfast. I got that. Just letting you know ]

Guess what?
So does the Gateway GT5476E Desktop PC,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006200R/4006200Rnv.shtml

Click on - Product Views - in the list.

The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the Main wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

If you need a pinout for the Front Panel header, click on -
S - Front Panel connector

The Top row is numbered EVEN. Starting from the Left side going to the Right;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO pin 10.

[Colors going from Left to Right;
Orange/Yellow, Orange, Green, Green ]

The Bottom row is numbered ODD.
Starting from the Left side going to the Right;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

[Colors going from Left to Right;
Red/Yellow, Red, Blue, Blue, Yellow ]

A) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED (Light)
Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the HDD LED is dim when the harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

B) Pins 5 and 7 are a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

C) Pin 9 is for 5 Volt power. This was used by the factory. It is N/C.
Not Connected.

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the Power On LED.
Pin 2 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the PWR ON LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around.

E) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

Any other connector info you need? Post in a Comment.

Specifications,

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009603/1009603sp2.shtml

1) Ram Memory:
Uses DDR2 Sdram at 667Megahertz. (667MHz)
Maximum TOTAL amount for the motherboard is 2GB. (2 GigaByte)
Maximum Amount for each Ram Memory slot is 1GB.

IF, you just have one ram memory module, make SURE it goes in ram memory slot 1. (DIMM 1)
That is the ram memory slot closest to the Processor.

Uses a SATA harddrive, and IDE (PATA) optical drive/s.

Does have two SATA connectors on the motherboard, so it can use ONE SATA optical drive.

On those SATA connectors on the motherboard,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006200R/4006200Rmvr12.shtml

See the bottom SATA connector has SATA 1 next to it?
The SATA harddrive is supposed to be plugged into it.

However, the beauty of SATA is, NO MATTER WHAT SATA connector you plug into, BIOS will find that device.

Want to plug the SATA harddrive into SATA 1? No problem.
Want to plug the SATA optical drive(CD/DVD drive) into SATA 1?
No problem.

Want to plug the SATA harddrive into SATA 2? No problem.
Want to plug the SATA optical drive into SATA 2? No problem.

BIOS will find the device.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.\
Regards,
joecoolvette

Aug 02, 2012 | E-Machines Computers & Internet

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Proper installation of tower wires


According to Gateway Support, the Gateway 505GR desktop computer uses an Intel (Ausberg) 915G motherboard,

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/3724/3724iv.shtml

Intel (Ausberg) 915G motherboard,

http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4GWAUGSBURG

Scroll down to the photo with the sections marked in red.

In the top link, looking at the motherboard with the computer case open, the USB and Firewire (1394a) cables, can be seen attached to the motherboard near the letters D, E, and F.

In F that red cable is a SATA cable. One end attaches to the back of the SATA harddrive, (The angled end), and the other end of the SATA cable attaches to one of those SATA headers on the motherboard.
(SATA header = SATA connector on motherboard)

Preferred SATA header for the Harddrive is SATA 1.
DOESN'T matter though. That's the beauty of SATA. You can plug the SATA data cable into ANY SATA header on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the harddrive.


In the second link, looking at the motherboard photo shown, and comparing it to the view of the motherboard as mounted in the computer case, the Front Panel header is at the very Bottom Right.

Two rows of pins in a White rectangular shaped header,

http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4GWAUGSBURG

(S points to Front Panel header)

[ The plastic front of a desktop computer is the Front Panel.
The area of pins on the motherboard, that the Front Panel wires go to, is the Front Panel header ]

A) Top row has Even numbered pins
B) Bottom row has Odd numbered pins.

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-009016.htm

1) Power LED = Power On LED light
2) Hard Drive Activity LED = LED light that flashes (Usually red in color) when your harddrive is active. Being used.
3) Reset switch = Reset Button. The Reset switch is behind the Reset button. (IF the computer uses a Reset switch)
4) Power Switch = Power On switch
5) Forget about Pin 9. That's for 5 Volts DC - Out. Used by factory.

Which wires coming out of the Front Panel, are the Power On wires, Harddrive LED light wires, Power On switch wires, etc.?

Remove the Front Panel, and trace where the wires end.

IF, the wires already installed coming from the motherboard to the Front Panel, are Too short, you should make notes before you remove them from the motherboard.

Note what color pair of twisted wires, went to where, in the Front Panel.
Compare to the chart of the Front Panel header given above.
(IF any wires are still connected to the Front Panel header on the motherboard)

Once the Front Panel is removed, it's usually pretty easy to trace the two wires up to the Power On switch.
Same for the Power On LED light.
Again, same for the HarDDrive activity LED light.

The SATA harddrive requires a DATA cable, and a SATA power cable.

The connector for a Data cable has 7 contact pins. It is the shorter connector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_Data_Cable.jpg

The connector can be at a 90 degree angle as shown, or a straight connector.
IF the data cable has an angled connector, it plugs into the Harddrive.
Straight connector goes to the motherboard.

The connector for a SATA power cable has 15 contact pins. It is the longer connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Note the L shape of the connectors for the SATA data cable, and SATA power cable.

Also;
This is a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable. Commonly misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

IF, the SATA harddrive has a provision for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, ONLY use just the SATA power cable.

Using both power cables will burn up the harddrive.
May not happen immediately in some cases, but WILL eventually happen.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 17, 2011 | Gateway 505GR PC Desktop

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Can't get my sata drive to work


One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electic extensions or just replace them they are probably faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error hope this helps
don

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Soundcard for MSI 865GM2-S on Windows 7


The mainboard is to old for windows 7:

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/865GM2-S--LS--ILS.html#/?div=Driver&os=XP%2032

But you can add a sound card to the pci slot (Creative sound blaster)
make sure the driver supports win 7.

Good luck

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How to install a second hard drive


pmarrs177 you are quite welcome!

I suppose I better post this as a solution, instead of in a Clarification.

This way when someone looks for this type of information, it will be available in a search hit on the internet.

Your problem and my solution will be on the internet for years to come. (Also easier to read) Congratulations! You'll be known worldwide as one more person, who helped bring the mysteries of SATA to be a little bit less mysterious.

Installing it as a secondary storage Harddrive?

Did your Acer T180 model come with a SATA harddrive already installed?

There are several different models of the Acer T180.
Some examples: AST180-UA380A, AST180-U381A, AST180-UA380B

Some of these came with a PATA harddrive, and some came with a SATA harddrive. (PATA is also referred to as ATA, IDE, and EIDE)

Why the question? Because when Windows is first installed on a computer, you are asked if you wish the SATA drivers to be installed.

The model version of an ACER T180 that came with a SATA harddrive, has these drivers already installed.

If your Acer did come with a SATA harddrive, and you are installing an additional harddrive for more storage, just plug the SATA data cable into ANY available SATA header on the motherboard.

BIOS will find the harddrive. Just one of the nice features about SATA.

You can use ANY SATA header on the motherboard. {Not shouting}
(A connection on a motherboard is a Header. This is what a SATA header on a motherboard looks like, doesn't matter what color it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

{Top right photo on page)

The SATA data cable, usually has a 90 degree elbow on one end. This end connects to the Harddrive. Doesn't always have a 90 degree elbow, but most of the time it does.

The straight end connects to the motherboard. There are 7 pins used in the connector.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins.

Scroll down the page in the above link, for photos of the end connector for a SATA data cable, and the end connector used for a SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, you do not have an unused SATA power cable coming out of your Power Supply, see if you have a 4-pin peripheral power cable that is not being used.

(The connector end is referred to as a 4-pin Molex connector. It is whitish in color)
This shows what a 4-pin peripheral power cable looks like,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Buy an adapter power cable that connects to the 4-pin Molex connector, and has a 15-pin SATA power cable connector on the other end.

Example: http://www.directron.com/idesatapower.html


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My cpu dont see new hdd wd5000avvs ,motherboard Asus P5LD2 SE. i trying omost everything. help;/


are you using ide or sata connection? if your using sata conection between your motherboard and harddrive, you must enable it in your bios, just reboot your pc and keep pressing F2 while its booting to prompt your bios. There you can look for IDE/SATA configuration. After enabling your sata, save any changes before you exit and reboot... Just give it a try...

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Will the ms9327e + (usb) support a SATA drive?


well it depends on what board you have.

your best bet is to look on the motherboard.

the SATA connection looks almost identical to the connection on the harddrive, so you can use that for reference.

on the harddrive you will see 2 plugs. the smaller one plugs into the motherboard and the larger one is power.

for power, power adaptors are made to convert the standard 4 pin connector to a SATA one.

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