installing 8.04 on sata drives prob

James Takac p3nndrag0n at
Fri Apr 3 04:14:58 BST 2009

Hi Paul

On Friday 03 April 2009 06:57:26 Paul Gear wrote:
> James Takac wrote:
> > ...
> >
> >> Check that the BIOS setting is AHCI on the SATA drives.  It sounds like
> >> it's in ATA emulation mode.
> >>
> >> Paul
> >
> > The Bios seems to have a Compatibility mode  and an Enhanced mode re the
> > ide ports which below that can be set to S-ata, P-ata, or S-ata + P-ata.
> > Setting to compatibility mode sets the 3rd by default which I'm trying
> > now. I swore I saw settings earlier re the DMA's and such but that may
> > have been another pc I worked on the other day
> That sounds like the problem.  You definitely don't want compatibility
> mode.
> Paul

I tried compatibility mode last night cuz in enhanced mode I was having the 
probs. Enhanced mode sets to S-ata by default. I find I'm having the same 
probs both ways, i.e. it gets thru the formatting of the drive just fine. It 
falls down with read errors when copying files to the HDD every time. Pretty 
much every cd and distro I tried has done the same which is what had me 
suspecting the pc as the culprit and the only thing different was the sata 
drives re other systems I've installed

I've just dloaded 8.10 to see if that makes a dif as well


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