I am posting this pre-solved puzzle to hopefully avoid anyone else wasting time like I did ;-) Motherboard:
Asus A7V600-X Hard drive:
ST3200827AS, 200 GB, 7200 rpm, SATA
3Gb/s - http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/...81,721,00.html
When you stick the above hard-drive into the above motherboard you get... nothing. It's not detected - and no amount of wire checking will make any difference. Even if you have the latest BIOS
available at the time of writing - which is Revision 1009
The problem is SATA2 - if there is such a thing - maybe call it SATA 3Gb/s.
The Asus A7V600-X only supports SATA
1.5Gb/s (ie the original SATA
) and therefore cannot detect this hard drive. So much for backward compatibility...who exactly is at fault here, I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the motherboard.
The solution requires a jumper. Yes, and you thought jumpers weren't needed for SATA
drives -think again! ;-)
In order to allow the Asus A7V600-X to recognise this Seagate disk, I had to put a jumper on the outer-most pins of the jumper block as illustrated here: http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/di...sata_lock.html
It didn't help that on the drive itself, this same jumper block is labelled with the words Factory Use Only
in big letters. In fact, I'm quite miffed about this, because one of my last-effort guesses was to stick a jumper in here and see what happens - but I didn't bother when I saw that message. It was clear to me that I was not meant to fiddle with it - but as it turned out, I was.
So if you've just upgraded your Asus motherboard with a big, fat Seagate hard drive and the BIOS
doesn't recognise it - try this. It worked for me and everything was fine. I had no problems with Windows detecting it because I'd already gone to the trouble of updating the VIA drivers before purchasing the drive.
Interestingly, in the situation where you haven't yet put the jumper on the drive, and the BIOS
doesn't yet know anything about your new drive, WindowsXP still pauses when booting for about 10 seconds at the DOS-like WindowsXP loading screen... and the Via RAID controller gives an error 10 (in Device Manager). This might lead you to believe that something is almost working but it's not.
Until the BIOS
says: Serial_Ch0 master ST3200827AS - don't bother trying anything else.
That is, as opposed to saying: Serial_Ch0 master No Device, Serial_Ch1 master No Device.