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G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« on: 15-August-08, 21:29:56 »

I'm a happy owner of an MSI G33M. I just upgraded to BIOS v.1.3, which cured a problem with S3 sleep.  :biggthumbsup:
Still have a problem with the BIOS seeing the SATA 2 drives if I switch from IDE to AHCI mode though
When I installed Windows XP Pro SP2 the PC didn't load the AHCI drivers from my floppy drive, so I've been running in IDE mode.
I know there are several work arounds for enabling AHCI in the OS, but the BIOS doesn't see the drives when I switch from IDE mode.
Any ideas?  :confused2:
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #1 on: 16-August-08, 02:23:34 »

As soon as you set the Intel Controller to AHCI Mode, all drives attached to these ports should be listed in "AHCI Devices Group" [->Integrated Peripherals -> On-Chip ATA Devices -> AHCI Devices Group]
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #2 on: 16-August-08, 02:37:18 »

As soon as you set the Intel Controller to AHCI Mode, all drives attached to these ports should be listed in "AHCI Devices Group" [->Integrated Peripherals -> On-Chip ATA Devices -> AHCI Devices Group]


By setting the Intel Controller to AHCI Mode, do you mean updating the Intel Controller drivers to AHCI ones? I haven't tried updating the drivers yet with the new BIOS. It's just that when I select AHCI in the BIOS, the drives aren't listed under AHCI Devices Group.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #3 on: 16-August-08, 09:26:46 »

Which version of G33M do you have?  If it is not an R version then AHCI would only be supported under Vista.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #4 on: 16-August-08, 13:27:24 »

Just the plain old G33M. Why isn't AHCI supported under XP? I have XP AHCI drivers.
AHCI is selectable in the BIOS.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #5 on: 16-August-08, 13:44:15 »

Let's start from scratch:

If you haven't done so already after updating your BIOS, please clear CMOS with main A/C power cable removed from PSU and load "Optimized Defaults" in BIOS after restarting the system (do not switch to AHCI Mode yet).

Tell us what kind of drives are connected to the system and make sure the drives in Question are connected to the Intel ICH9 SATA ports.

Now, there are a couple of locations were the BIOS can list the drives attached to your system:

1) POST Screen (Disable the BOOT LOGO in BIOS to see it properly
2) In BIOS: -> Standard CMOS Features
3) In BIOS: -> Integrated Peripherals -> On-Chip ATA Devices -> AHCI Devices Group
4) In BIOS: -> Advanced BIOS Features -> Boot Sequence
5) BIOS Boot Menu: Press F11 during POST to access it

Check each of these location for your drives when the system is in IDE mode and also when the system is in AHCI mode and tell us what you see.

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but the BIOS doesn't see the drives when I switch from IDE mode.

The actual question is:  Are you 100% sure that your drives appear in none of the locations listed above when you switch to AHCI mode?
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #6 on: 16-August-08, 13:56:20 »

Let's start from scratch:

If you haven't done so already after updating your BIOS, please clear CMOS with main A/C power cable removed from PSU and load "Optimized Defaults" in BIOS after restarting the system (do not switch to AHCI Mode yet).

Tell us what kind of drives are connected to the system and make sure the drives in Question are connected to the Intel ICH9 SATA ports.

Now, there are a couple of locations were the BIOS can list the drives attached to your system:

1) POST Screen (Disable the BOOT LOGO in BIOS to see it properly
2) In BIOS: -> Standard CMOS Features
3) In BIOS: -> Integrated Peripherals -> On-Chip ATA Devices -> AHCI Devices Group
4) In BIOS: -> Advanced BIOS Features -> Boot Sequence
5) BIOS Boot Menu: Press F11 during POST to access it

Check each of these location for your drives when the system is in IDE mode and also when the system is in AHCI mode and tell us what you see.

The actual question is:  Are you 100% sure that your drives appear in none of the locations listed above when you switch to AHCI mode?
I have two Western Digital SATA 3.0GB/s  harddrives. They're definitely hooked up to the Intel ports. It definitely doesn't see the drives under AHCI Devices Group when switched to AHCI. This was before the BIOS update. I'll clear the CMOS today, check the the drives in the BIOS also and get back to you.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #7 on: 16-August-08, 14:13:24 »

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I'll clear the CMOS today, check the the drives in the BIOS also and get back to you.

Yes, please do that.  Check every one of these locations in IDE and AHCI mode (don't forget to save & exit BIOS Setup after switching between modes).
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #8 on: 16-August-08, 16:15:50 »

BIOS sees the drives in AHCI mode now, I think I wasn't saving the settings, just expecting instant gratification.
Problem now is when I manually update the drivers to ICH9 SATA AHCI Driver and reset BIOS to AHCI, I get BSOD when I try to boot into Windows.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #9 on: 16-August-08, 18:48:52 »

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when I manually update the drivers to ICH9 SATA AHCI Driver and reset BIOS to AHCI, I get BSOD when I try to boot into Windows.

That is normal.

Try this:

http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=106575.msg899229#msg899229

If that doesn't work try this:

http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=106575.0

If that does not work either, you will have to re-install XP with AHCI enabled + Driver Integration.

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I think I wasn't saving the settings, just expecting instant gratification.

Well, I sort of guessed that may have been the problem, when I wrote this:

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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #10 on: 16-August-08, 20:28:55 »

I saw that, I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #11 on: 16-August-08, 21:16:04 »

I tried it, but no luck. I guess I'll just live with IDE mode.
Reinstalling Windows isn't an option at this point.
Thanks for all your help though.  :biggthumbsup:
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #12 on: 16-August-08, 21:31:00 »

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I tried it, but no luck.

Which procedure did you test?

What did you do exactly? Please describe what you did step by step so we can retrace what you did.  Could be that you missed something.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #13 on: 16-August-08, 22:42:38 »

I copy and pasted the code for ICH9 from the first link you posted following the directions from the second link.
I copy and pasted the directions, so I know I did it correctly. After making the Registry file and copying the iastor.sys file
into the \Windows\System32\Drivers, I booted, changed to AHCI in the BIOS, saved and restarted and got a BSOD. You know now that I look at
the text for the Registry entry that I copied and pasted, it seems that it refers to iaStor.sys  and not iastor.sys and iaStor instead of iastor. That's probaly the problem.
I didn't bother to check the code before hand.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #14 on: 17-August-08, 01:39:47 »

Did you try the other method as well?

http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=106575.msg899229#msg899229

perhaps i have a other way:


Now go to your Device Manager. Klick on your IDE/ATAPI Controller. Right click on intel(R) XXXXX Bus Master Ide Controller. Klick on Driver update. Let Windows not search!
Klick on Search Driver manually from  a list!... Klick on Drive... search. Go to the place where you the IAstore.inf have placed.
klick OK. Remove the Check at "kompatible Hardware".Now in the List right, chose the right driver. On my (X48C Platinium) it was Intel(R) ICH9R/DO/DH SATA AHCI Controller.
Klick all ok. Ignore possibly warnings incompatible Hardware. Install the Driver. Make a Reboot and jump into Bios.
On integated Peripherals--->On-Chip ATA Devices chose AHCI. Save and exit the Bios and reboot.
Perhaps to make a check that Your Harddrive where the OS is installed, has the first Boot priority.
If necessary re enter Bios and change it.


I have make this way anymore. It works fine.


...of course you have to instal the ICH9 AHCI Driver, not the one for ICH9R/DO/DH...
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #15 on: 17-August-08, 03:51:26 »

Hey Jack, I tried that way first. No luck. :wall:  I'm O.K. with IDE mode for now.  :-X
Do you know if the eSATA ports will function O.K. in IDE mode? I know I won't be able to hot swap them, but will the PC see the drives
if they're connected before I boot into Windows? I should have taken my time and nLite'd the drivers, but I was all excited about the my new PC. X-((
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #16 on: 17-August-08, 08:45:47 »

http://www.msfn.org/board/How-to-enable-AHCI-on-Intel-ICH9-under-X-t109450.html

Try this method for hacking ICH9 nder XP.

Your eSATA should work correctly but will not be hot swappable as you have predicted.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #17 on: 17-August-08, 15:29:28 »

http://www.msfn.org/board/How-to-enable-AHCI-on-Intel-ICH9-under-X-t109450.html

Try this method for hacking ICH9 nder XP.

Your eSATA should work correctly but will not be hot swappable as you have predicted.
I'll try it today and let you know how it went.
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Re: G33M BIOS 1.3 AHCI Mode doesn't see drives in BIOS
« Reply #18 on: 17-August-08, 17:53:18 »

Hey nightmare that last hack worked!  :agrees: Thanks.

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