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SATA card help

By packerfan128
Apr 27, 2008
  1. Hello everyone...

    I am having problems with my SATA card...

    I have a VIA SATA card and would like to install it in my computer. However, everytime i plug it into my motherboad, My computer won't start... It won't even turn on.

    I thought it was my PSU not giving enough power to my computer, but now i don't think that's it. Could it be that my computer is too old??? My computer is 5 years old.

    Thanks in advance, please help I really want to get this SATA card up and running.

    If you need any more info I would be happy to give it to you.
     
  2. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Well, you need to tell us detailed information about your hardwares and psu too..

    so if you can give us, we will be gladly to help you.
     
  3. packerfan128

    packerfan128 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my psu suplies 150 watts

    The Sata card is a VIA VT6421A

    my motherboard version is UCV087XEUM Intel (R)
    Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40 GHZ
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You will need a higher wattage power supply to start... also, save for another computer
     
  5. packerfan128

    packerfan128 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    k thanks, I have another computer that is identical...
    Is there anyway to combine the wattage of two PSU's???
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It's probably a proprietary power supply. Is this an old Compaq or Dell system. For your purpose there is no way to combine these minimal supplies
     
  7. packerfan128

    packerfan128 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it's an old VIAO computer.

    So there is no way to get my SATA card running without buying new parts or a new computer?
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can't you just stay with IDE devices? ...and save for another computer. I have 2 computers here that are both 9 years old that beat that Vaio's specs hands down
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Evidently not. However, I don't think the power supply for the Vaio is proprietary. Consequently, it should be fairly easy to replace it for a better one.

    Are you trying to just install the bare SATA card or do you have any SATA devices connected to it already? If the existing power supply has trouble with the card alone, when you attach a SATA hard drive or optical drive, it will never work without a new PSU. Anyway, you should install the bare card, install its driver, shut down and then install the SATA device.
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I have only seen 150 watt supplies in old Compaq's and Dell systems. These 150 watt system power supplies were and are proprietary. They will not fit standard mini-ATX or standard ATX cases either. I have not seen many old Vaio desktops
     
  11. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Well, following by Tmagic's post

    you will need to provide us a photo of your psu and motherboard too :)
     
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