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    Default ep45-ud3p IDE hard drive issue

    I am sincerely wishing I had converted to just SATA drives at this point. :(

    specs:
    ep45-ud3p
    wolfdale @ 3.16 ghz (no OC)
    4 gb of gskill ram
    Antec Trio 550w PSU
    1 WD SATA hard drive (OS windows vista ultimate 64bit)
    1 Maxtor IDE hard drive 165gb (OS XP -- not used, this is a data volume) - this drive is plugged directly into the lone IDE port on the mobo.

    PS: I found some information http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/dvd-...se-help-30273/

    I noticed my storage controllers only shows: Microsoft iSCSI Initiator.

    Is this a clue?




    2 weeks ago, I had a evga 8800 gts go bad. No POST. I replaced it with a evga GTX 260. This new GTX 260 worked for about 2 weeks and then started artifacting like crazy and then the computer wouldn't POST anymore. Hmm, odd, 2 video cards dead in 2 weeks. I cleared CMOS while troubleshooting it and eventually got the GTX 260 replaced (after troubleshooting the motherboard!). Somewhere along the way, I loaded up "load optimized defaults" in the BIOS and this changed my configuration.

    Everything appears to be working normally until I noticed that my IDE hard drive is no longer displayed in vista's device manager. it shows up in the BIOS as attached to IDE channel 4 slave. The SATA hard drive shows up as attached to IDE channel 1 master.

    I've tried unplugging the SATA drive and the computer boots up using the IDE hard drive. If I plug in the SATA drive and alter the boot order to boot the IDE drive, the old IDE drive boots up to XP. If I put both in and run the SATA Drive to boot first, then I get into windows and it only detects the SATA Drive.

    When I look in the windows device manager, I see IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

    ATA Channel 0
    ATA Channel 0
    ATA Channel 0
    ATA Channel 1
    ATA Channel 1
    ATA Channel 1
    intel ich10 family 2 port serial ata storage controller 2 - 3a26
    intel ich10 family 4 port serial ata storage controller 1 - 3a20
    standard AHCI 1.0 serial ata controller

    Disk drives:
    WDC WD2500ks-00mjb0 ATA device

    This seems to be a simple issue but I've been beating my head against this wall for several hours. I actually ran into this problem when I first setup this computer but cannot remember what eventually fixed it. Appreciate any advice.
    Last edited by solly; 11-15-2009 at 07:46 AM.

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    Default Re: ep45-ud3p IDE hard drive issue

    Looks like it could be a driver mix up.

    Usually when an AHCI driver is being used for the Intel SATA ports these two objects are no longer listed:

    intel ich10 family 2 port serial ata storage controller 2 - 3a26
    intel ich10 family 4 port serial ata storage controller 1 - 3a20

    This is unless you are using the Intel SATA controller in IDE mode and the AHCI Driver entry is referring to the JMicron SATA.

    You will ofc need the JMicron device enabled in the BIOS. If it's set to AHCI, try it in IDE (Legacy) mode. Also make sure that the Intel ports are set to Legacy IDE, ie "Ports 0-3 Native Mode" is disabled.

    If this is the config you currently have the BIOS set in, try the opposite. Change all controllers to AHCI and see if that helps.

    A registry tweak may be needed each time you wish to change between AHCI and IDE mode for your SATA boot drive. To do this, see here: HOW TO switch from IDE to AHCI mode without having to reinstall Win XP (GUIDE)

    I am not experienced with the functionality of the IDE port on the UD3P as I have all SATA devices including my DVD-RW drive.

    Alo the usual trouble shooting steps apply. Try another IDE cable even if it's a bootable drive sometimes, just o rule it out. Check the jumper is on Master. If so, you can also try Cable Select without risk of data loss.

    Updating to the latest Intel drivers is also a good idea. If using the ICH in IDE mode you need the Intel INF Update utility and if using AHCI you want the Intel Matrix Storage Manager (contains both AHCI and RAID drivers).
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    Default Re: ep45-ud3p IDE hard drive issue

    Thanks for the tip. Your post gave me the idea to uninstall these entries:


    intel ich10 family 2 port serial ata storage controller 2 - 3a26
    intel ich10 family 4 port serial ata storage controller 1 - 3a20
    standard AHCI 1.0 serial ata controller

    I then rebooted and let Windows Vista re-detect what kind of hardware I had. Voila, the IDE legacy hard drive is redetected and my device manager looks like this now:

    ata channel 0
    ata channel 0
    ata channel 0
    ata channel 1
    ata channel 1
    ata channel 1
    Standard Dual channel PCI IDE Controller
    Standard Dual channel PCI IDE Controller
    Standard Dual channel PCI IDE Controller

    no more of this AHCI business for me. Everything is working OK now. I'm still concerned that I might have a PSU problem causing video cards to have a short lifespan. I bought a UPS and if another video card dies, I will grab a new PSU.


    Thanks Psycho101.

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