Configuration problems with Gigabyte mobo's and SATA drives.

By Dan1954
Feb 4, 2006
  1. I just built this system (not my first) but my first with sata drives.
    I've got the 1 sata 3g's hdd pluged into the right spot (controled by Nvidia),
    and the Sata DVD Burner pluged into the spot where Sata 150's go ( controled by Sil). There are 4 plugins for each.
    Both are pluged in on Sata 0 plug.
    The Bios does not see the drives on POST.
    But it see's the plextor in Cmos, but not the hdd. The Nvidia Raid see's the hdd and say's it's healthy. Got it set as JBOD in the raid. Have the Boot setup to first-floppy, second- hdd, third- cd rom
    The problem is when I try to put on XP Pro it put's on the setup files, and I put on the raid drivers, and it reboots it starts all over again put on the same setup files on. It won't boot from the hdd. When I try to force it to boot from the hdd it say's I have a hardware configuration problem.

    Got any suggestions??

    System info

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939
    Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX
    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    COOLER MASTER 120mm AQUAGATE Mini R120 Liquid Cooling System
    eVGA Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16
    Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
    Hard Disk(s):
    HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    Other Drives:
    PLEXTOR SATA DVD Burner Model PX-716SA/SW
    Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series
  2. dantheledge

    dantheledge TS Rookie

    I'm having exactly the same problem with my GA-K8NE,
    If i find a solution i'll let you know, would appreciated if you could do the same for me

  3. kwspony

    kwspony TS Booster Posts: 121

    I have been battling the same issues with my ECS K8T890-a mobo. I finally got my bios to see my 2 WD 160gb sata's by putting the jumpers in the sata's to turn them down to 150mb/s rather then 300mb/s. You may have to go to the sata manufacturers website to find out how, I did. Try that and see if it works for you. I am still having problems installing XP but it may be a memory stick problem.
  4. Dan1954

    Dan1954 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    WD's have jumpers?
    My HITACHI didn't. Mine is set as 3gb/s, and the SATA DVD burner is set at 150mb/s
  5. kwspony

    kwspony TS Booster Posts: 121

    My WD's came with jumpers but they weren't installed. Does your mobo support 3gb/s? Is there any place on the sata's for jumpers?
  6. Dan1954

    Dan1954 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No they don't.
    Yes my Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 does support 3gb/s.
    And no jumpers on the mobo.
  7. kwspony

    kwspony TS Booster Posts: 121

    The jumpers should be on the back of the sata drive. Mine has 8 pins for jumper placement. 1 set for master, one for slave. and one of the settings drips the speed down to 150mb/s, which is what I had to do for my bios to see them. There should be directions for jumper placement on the hard drive itself, though mine didn't say anything about speed settings, that I had to go to their website for.
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