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Searching for AMD SB710 IDE drivers


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#1 OvenMaster

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:34 PM

Motherboard: ASRock 880 GM-LE
OS: Windows 7 Pro 32-bit or XP Home SP3

Is it my imagination or are there really no IDE/PATA drivers offered by AMD for the SB710 South bridge?
Any Catalyst suite as well as the chipset driver downloads from ASRock or AMD only include AHCI and RAID drivers.

When looking in Device Manager, right-clicking ATA Channel 0, ATA Channel 1, or Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller and clicking the Driver tab says the drivers are from Microsoft from 2006. Trying to update says they're the latest.

Whenever I've had SiS, Intel, or VIA chipsets, there was always an IDE driver installed. But not for AMD.

Am I looking for something that AMD just never developed, and figured that generic M$ drivers were "good enough"?

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#2 S3cS3arch3r

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:11 AM

I'm seeying both an "All in 1" download,
as a separate "SATA2" driver on > THIS PAGE <

If you successfully install either of them, you should be ok!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:36 PM

I saw that SATA2 driver as well... I did install that on XP, and from what I have read, that enables SATA II functions that aren't native to XP. No problem there!

I did install the All-In-One driver for Windows 7, and Device Manager are still shows the default Microsoft-supplied atapi.sys and ataport.sys.

When I right-click anything under "ATA Channel x" in Device Manager, then try to Update Driver and browse the installed All-In-One package in C:\Windows\AMD, there are only RAID and AHCI drivers available. I'm guessing that there just aren't any specific AMD ATA drivers available.

For the record, I'm using my two SATA HDs and DVD burners in ATA mode... AHCI mode causes massive audio sync errors with my screen capture software, and IDE mode does not.

Maybe I should just be grateful I'm not getting BSODs! LOL

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

Okay I found the answer.

AMD relies on Microsoft IDE drivers when using SATA drives in IDE mode.
Source: AMD SB700/710/750 BIOS Developer’s Guide, page 32.
http://developer.amd.com/assets/43366_sb7xx_bdg_pub_1.00.pdf

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/sataidesb710.jpg

Edited by OvenMaster, 15 July 2012 - 07:15 PM.


#5 S3cS3arch3r

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:40 AM

Thank you for sharing that!

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