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#1 Rob7622

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:44 PM

Hello everyone,

I have a P4 2.8ghz 533mhz fsb 1.5gb PC3200 RAM on a ASUS P4PE-X mobo, two IDE HDD'S 40gb and 80gb and one 500gb Seagate SATA with a Bytecc controller operating on WinXP Pro.

When I try to reboot my system with the SATA HDD plugged into the controller my system locks up before the XP screen. When I unplug the SATA HDD my system boots normal with no problems.

My mobo doesn't support SCSI or SATA that's why I have the controller. My OS sees the drive and the controller in device manager and I can write and read to and from the drive in my computer and it sees the drive as a 465gb. Also the drive hangs for a few moments when copying files larger than 300mb or more than 40sec worth of copy time. I have checked my mobo for updates for this and none exists. The last update for my board was 2003. I called Bytecc and went through the whole install and they were stumped as to why this was happening.

XP Pro wanted to set the drive as dynamic in storage manager but I changed it back to basic with a standard partition and NTFS format. I read too many problems setting an array of dynamic drives and people losing data so everything is the same as my two IDE HDD'S.

I unplugged my IDE drives and set my BIOS to boot from CD/DVD Rom and plugged in my XP Pro CD and still system lock. When I unplug the drive and wait until XP starts no problems. I have tried everything I know to resolve this problem without changing to a different board and CPU with SATA controllers built in. I'm hoping for someone who has dealt with this exact same thing to read this and reply.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:32 AM

I would suspect that it's the board's drivers that are causing this issue - although a BIOS compatibility problem could also cause this. I'd suggest checking for updates to your BIOS that affect this particular issue, and obtaining the latest drivers for the card from the Bytecc website.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:43 AM

I notice that New Egg does not carry Bytec components. Hmmm.

This is a controller card that I got and installed and works perfectly.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16816102061

Having the right drivers is everything. I actually downloaded the most recent drivers and they would not work. I went back to the ones that were supplied on the CD and it worked. Go figure.


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Posted 30 December 2007 - 11:44 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....mp;x=8&y=31

Is this controller new? Under warranty? What is Byttec model number?

http://www.byteccusa.com/product/SATA/index.htm

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:09 PM

It would help if I spelled it right... :thumbsup:

This looks like the only HD controller card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16815283005

And it looks like others have had problems.

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Edited by rigacci, 30 December 2007 - 12:11 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:04 PM

DR, you're not the first and you won't be the last :flowers:.

Yes, I tend to stick to Promise or Highpoint when going with external controllers...and they have their share of problems but they are usually well-documented or corrected by using the right driver.

I've tried a couple of the cheaper models (Syba & Siig) and they made me the way that I am :thumbsup:.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:34 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....mp;x=8&y=31

Is this controller new? Under warranty? What is Byttec model number?

http://www.byteccusa.com/product/SATA/index.htm

Louis



Yes this is a new controller that I bought about 10 days ago. The model number is SATA1010A with one internal and one external SATA Port. The Bytecc guys were stumped by my problem and wasn't sure how to fix it other than to say my mobo BIOS needs to recognize the drive, which I thought was ridiculous because that's why you buy a controller card in the first place. Thanks Louis for replying my post!!

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:52 PM

I notice that New Egg does not carry Bytec components. Hmmm.

This is a controller card that I got and installed and works perfectly.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16816102061

Having the right drivers is everything. I actually downloaded the most recent drivers and they would not work. I went back to the ones that were supplied on the CD and it worked. Go figure.


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DR I think your right. I will probably have to get a different controller card for this drive. I think this Bytecc emulates SATA though IDE channels and that's causing a conflict with the IDE controller on my mobo. I also believe it is causing the write delay when reading and writing to the SATA HDD because the driver for this controller is poorly written. Bytecc offers no other driver for this and it was relatively cheap, under $25 USD so I guess I got what I paid for. I will probably end this by shelling out additional bucks for a better card and with a better written driver.

Thanks for your help and ideas......at least I'm going in a different direction now, rather than wasting time trying to work around a cheap controller. Thanks for reading and replying to my post!!



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