December 1, 2005 at 13:45:26
Specs: WinXP, P4 2.8 / 512MB

HI, this is a problem which has baffled me for months. I'll explain.
We have five Fujitsu Siemens Scenic P320's in the workshop. All from the same batch and all with the same fault.
On boot up some won't detect the SATA drive. On other occasions they'll crash before the BIOS, and other times crash when on XP splash screen. Most times they fail to find the hard drive. We initailly tried swapping the mobo, then the hard drive and even the ram, and sata data cable.
Just didn't make any sense.
Anyway we got FS to take two back for testing. They returned and we received an email, and i'll try to remember what was said.
They indicated that the drives were set to SATA2, but the motherboards were only compatible with SATA1. This he explained could either bechanged by jumpers or by the hard drive vendor. Well the hard drives are Seagates and they have no jumpers. But the two FS recalled got fixed.
I just wondered if any of you guys knew how to change the drive to SATA1. I can't find anything on the FS or Seagate websites.
I'm lost. Help

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December 1, 2005 at 14:23:55

Try changing the Serial ATA mode to COMPATIBLE in the BIOS. Press F2 to enter the BIOS. You will find the setting under Advanced System Configuration (Advanced Menu). By default, the SATA mode is set to native on Scenic PC's.

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