I'm having a bit of a problem with what I assume should be a fairly simple thing. I purchased an external eSATA hard drive and a PCIe SATA/eSATA host card. Actually I've purchased 2 host cards, since i thought the first was defective, and now the 2nd is doing the same thing. Obviously, I am having a lot of problems trying to get this setup to work.
The first host card was standard PCI. After installing, windows Vista would not recognize that any new hardware had been installed in the system. In device manager, there was no trace of the host adapter. After trying the drive install package, (just to check), it seemed to verify that the card could not be found. So i returned it and tried a different brand, and this time a PCIe card. I installed it today and its doing the exact same thing. it is not recognized at all. I have tried both PCIe slots with no luck, however with the PCIe card, the manufacturer name and card are at least visible during POST before windows loads, so I know that at least its not a problem with the mobo not recognizing it (right?).
I looked into the BIOS today, and I see a section in "Integrated Peripherals > On Chip ATA Devices > On Chip SATA Channel" I turned this Enabled this option and then set it to SATA. I have no idea if this applies, but i think it does because, when I make this change and reboot, Vista starts to load and then blue-screens and crashes. The bluescreen is very brief and unreadable, but in event viewer, I see the following.. The important part is about the IRQ. I'm pretty sure through trial and error that PCI slot 6 is the slot the esata card is installed on.
Log Name: System
Date: 3/4/2008 9:15:06 PM
Event ID: 6
Task Category: None
IRQARB: ACPI BIOS does not contain an IRQ for the device in PCI slot 6, function 0. Please contact your system vendor for technical assistance.
<Provider Name="ACPI" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2008-03-05T05:15:06.812Z" />
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really want this eSATA thing to work, but it seems impossible so far.
its weird... the box says it, but their website and the stupid, one sheet, xeroxed "manual" makes no reference of vista compliance. the thumbnail images of the install process appear to be from win98 or earlier.
stupid question, if the card is not detected in device manager, how can one install the drivers for it?
ill try switching the pcie slots again and see if that helps.
guess thats what happens when you shop at Fry's/ you get cheap hardware with no support.
I have seen the same issue with a lot of hardware and Vista.
Not what I expected from Seagate and Linksys yet exactly the same result. Just as poorly handled at New Egg also. Products the claim on the web Vista compatability but are in fact, not qualified/certified to work in Vista.