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Windows 7: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard and enabling AHCI

31 Aug 2011   #1
ctp9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard and enabling AHCI

Hi guys - I am trying to figure out if my ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard will allow me to use AHCI drivers in my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OS...

I cannot, for the love of God... find where in the BIOS might there be an option to enable AHCI on this board - I have looked everywhere and did not see such an option to exist; (however, I already have it enabled in my OS, but it won't kick in until I enable it on the mobo as well).

Or, could it be that W7 is already using AHCI but isn't telling me anywhere? How can I check to see if it is using it, or not?

Oh, by the way, this mobo's chipset is nVidia nForce4, and it does not have certified W7 drivers... so maybe I am just out of luck.

Anyone experienced with this particular motherboard, please help me out. Thanks in advance!


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31 Aug 2011   #2
UKMedia

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Hi

I don't know this specific MB but on other ASUS cards there is an option to config the SATA devices, options being either IDE, RAID or AHCI. If you see IDE and RAID and no AHCI, then your MB won't support it.

Regards
UKMedia
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31 Aug 2011   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

To clarify: In the BIOS > on the MAIN Tab > Storage Configuration > Configure SATA As > and toggle to AHCI.

To check Windows:
Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > (Under Devices & Printers): Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Look to see if you have "Intel(R) ICHxxx SATA AHCI Controller" listed.
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31 Aug 2011   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

It looks like the board does not support AHCI. It may be that no board with that chipset (nForce4 SLI) does.

(It's a Socket 939 board, released in late 2004.)

If you wish to use hardware that benefits from AHCI (like an SSD), it's probably time to upgrade your motherboard.
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31 Aug 2011   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Save yourself the trouble as the NF4 has very limited AHCI support (no NCQ support for one), part of the reason you can't find any settings in the bios. Nvidia didn't really add proper AHCI support until the NF5 and up. One of the best places to find info about nForce drivers is here,

View forum - nForce Drivers • nForcersHQ.com

and even with all the modded driver packs that they came out with there is still no AHCI driver for the NF4.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
To check Windows:
Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > (Under Devices & Printers): Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Look to see if you have "Intel(R) ICHxxx SATA AHCI Controller" listed.
Um, Nvidia chipset on an AMD motherboard, don't think you'll find Intel storage controllers.
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31 Aug 2011   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
To check Windows:
Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > (Under Devices & Printers): Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Look to see if you have "Intel(R) ICHxxx SATA AHCI Controller" listed.
Um, Nvidia chipset on an AMD motherboard, don't think you'll find Intel storage controllers.
Yeah, that was a bit of an oversight, wasn't it.

Do you know what would show up for an nVidia chipset?
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31 Aug 2011   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I remember correctly from the last NF4 board I had (A8N-SLI SE, almost identical to ctp9's board), it just shows up as Nvidia SATA with no mention of AHCI. The only options in the bios are SATA mode or IDE mode, and doesn't change any if you enable the RAID controller.
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31 Aug 2011   #8
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks for that Stormy. Good to know.
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31 Aug 2011   #9
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have an a8n-sli and no ahci!
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31 Aug 2011   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yikes. Sata drives, no AHCI. Barbaric!
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