Dears! I have Tekram TR-824 adapter working fine with 2*250Gb SATA WD HDDs. I've bought 2*750Gb SATA WD drives. Both can be recognized by on-motherboard SATA adapter but each one o fthem (and both together) cause hang-up of TR-824 on computer boot-up. I thought the old BIOS firmware version I have (188.8.131.52) is the reason and tried to update the BIOS. No one program I tried can help (including flash82x.exe from disk). Chip: Sil 3114CTU Flash: WinBond w39L040P-70B No one program can determine the flash memory type, I guess.
Can enybody help with the flashing program or with the overal situation solution?
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You are talking about a 160gb Fuji SATA Drive. (5400rpm 2.5")
There's a couple of things here...
Assuming you've removed the old drive, and simply plugged this one in..
SATA drives are "standard"-- kind of like USB. They WORK, or they don't. If your drive isn't recognized by BIOS, then its either connected wrong (VERY HARD, connections have directional connnections) or it's simply bad.
If your machine does NOT see the device in BIOS (if it does..insert your OS CD and install the OS)... then it's simply bad.
Return it..get another..and if I may add $.02... 160bg SATA vs price of say... 750gb sata...is next to nothing..go bigger.
The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Some of the laptop/s and desktop/s with IDE hard drive is not being supported by the Windows Vista. No matter you did already updated the BIOS still it will not fix the issue. If I we're you, have another SATA drive not and IDE one.Thank you.
I would not update the BIOS unless you are experiencing any problems. Try installing the new hardware first and then if you do experience problems, think about upgrading the BIOS. The latest version is 1013 FYI.
The new hardware should be supported without a BIOS update, as long as you have Service Pack 2 in Windows XP or above then all your 750GB will be shown. As for the memory you should see it list the new size in the POST screen before Windows even loads, or inside Windows.
If you do have problems, then please post back and we can help.
Hey me too. Just bought a sata drive. I have the same mobo (AK86-L), and now the same problem. Updated the bios and SATA is enabled. Updated the driver. Tried both sata 1 and sata 2 connections on the mobo. It will not recognize the drive although it picks up that something is connected to the mobo. Its a WD Caviar 500 GB drive. Anyone have any thoughts?
Here's a link to the fireware update tool you need to do the flash:
As for never getting the chance to boot from the floppy drive to update the drives, try using the ServeRAID controller just to flash the drives then put the NetRAID-2M controller back in.