what is the best PCI SATA card with bootrom

January 1, 2011 at 09:35:58
Specs: Windows XP, P4
I have PC P4 with DDR1 512 MB intel motherboard D 845 GLVA . I want to add a SATA drive . I bought a PCI addon card to connect 500GB SATA drive. My bios is not recognising addon card. After booting in windows If I try to install driver it is not accepting and telling incompatible hardware.I want to know which is the best PCI SATA addon card WITH BIOS SOFTWARE

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January 1, 2011 at 09:48:43
I have put pci sata boards in older p4's too. I have never had an issue but I do know that your bios plays a large part in the deal. It used to be that scsi cards were common and you board ought to allow the sata bios to take over before normal bios starts.

You may look for a bios upgrade.

Be sure to watch for a config before bios or maybe just after it. It usually needs to be viewed and setup before you get to the OS. Sata boards and drives don't usually show in bios or may show as scsi.

On crt displays you may have problems with the warm up. It may not warm up fast enough to view sata bios.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 1, 2011 at 10:05:43
THANKS JEFRO FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE REPLY. I bought a card first named TAG it was recognising SATA drive if I enter into setup do manual setup . That is boot menu of the addon card. It is bit complicated I was not able to understand all the parameters. Upon booting the PC it is not recognising and not accepting the driver also .I tried with a different add.on card the card itself is not getting recognised.both are using promose controllers .Please suggest me an addon PCI SATA card which will give a menu upon hotting some key to configure.I stay in bangalore india

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January 1, 2011 at 10:09:47
Thanks .It is intel original mother board .upgraded BIOS .Infact I myself 6 months back configured one of my friends' computer with PCI card without any problem.Now I am in a fix to upgrade my own system

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January 1, 2011 at 10:10:22
You may need to set the BIOS boot order to boot to SCSI. Many BIOSes recognize add in controller cards as SCSI.

You may still need to provide SATA controller drivers. I guess it would depend on the controller card.

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January 1, 2011 at 11:37:06
XP doesn't recognize any SATA devices until the SATA drivers are installed. Also, don't expect your new SATA HDD to run much faster (if at all) than an IDE drive unless there's a significant difference in the specs. The bottleneck is the slow/shared PCI bus that only runs at 33MHz with a max bandwidth of approx 130MB/sec. Did your new card come with an instruction manual? Did you read it?

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