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      • 15. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
        Eandori

        Thanks for the reply.

         

        You are talking to an Intel BIOS Engineer right now.  No I was not aware that Optical Drives had such issues on the Marvell Controller.  Now that I know, I'm very interested in getting a few of those failing drives so we can add them to our test process.  Can you possibly list the exact vendor and model for that drive so we can go buy a few?

         

        I didn't mean to say you can't use the blue internal SATA ports, what I was trying to express is that those ports were added because the chipset only supports 6 SATA lanes and customers want more.  So we made that board with a discrete controller to give us 2 more internal and 2 more eSATA.  The black SATA ports are from the chipset and will be tested/validated/fixed on every P55 board in exsistance, while the blue ports are only used/tested/fixed on boards that purchase that SATA controller.  So it logically flows that the black ports would be more stable and validated, I would personally use them first and then use the other 4 ports if I needed more then 6.

         

        Thanks for leaving details about a possible failure for the blue ports, we will look into it

        • 16. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
          steppinwolf

          "You are talking to an Intel BIOS Engineer right now."
          Wow, I'm speechless (almost). The computer universe smiles upon us today! 

           

          I thought perhaps you were a systems builder. So those are "inside" tips, not just hard-won experience from the outside. Anyway, now Intel can dig a little deeper into this anomaly. And thanks for sharing interesting background info on the discrete controller.

           

          Here are some specs. Let me know if you need anything else:


          OS: Windows 7 Pro x64

          Motherboard: DP55KG ver. AAE47218-403
          BIOS: ver. KGIBX10J.86A.4507.2010.0105.1706
          Chipset: P55 driver INF ver. 9.1.1.1022

           

          Intel ICH SATA RAID Controller: driver RST 9.5.0.1037
          [port 0,1] RAID1 Array (system): Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD x 2
          [port 2,3] RAID1 Array (data): Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB x 2
          [port 5   ] Optical Drive: Hitachi-LG HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CH08LS10

           

          Marvell Controller: 88SE6145, BIOS 1.2.0.31, driver ver. 1.2.0.7103
          eSATA Device: WD 500GB WD5001ABYS inside NexStar 3 enclosure

           

          Configuration as listed above is working very well so far. Optical drive was originally connected to the Marvell controller which seemed to cause problems described earlier in this discussion.  (Longstone, apologies for hogging your thread.)

          • 17. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
            F5BJR

            time out ......time out .......also

             

             

            MARVELL_IS_STUPID.JPG**

            time out ......time out .......also

             

            with other motherboard ( ASUS P5E WS PRO ) with this chipset Marvell 88 SE6145 same problem

             

            with add-on pci-e card with the same chipset 88SE6145 same problem

             

            i have received this day for the pci-addon card a new firmware 1.2.0.32..............PCIR.......

             

            and also a new drivers 1.2.0.7300

             

            and same problem

             

            http://www.edaboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=383065&highlight=

             

            also firmware cannot find all the times the 4 disks in the enclosure ( sometimes 3 !! )

             

            Pierre

            • 18. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
              steppinwolf

              Good information Pierre. I hope Intel sees this. I was also getting timeouts (with only one external and one internal drive attached to the Marvell 88SE6145).

              • 19. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
                ryunp

                I think there may be a bug for Windows 7 Professional  32-bit.

                Either the board is bad, or there is some strange behavior of windows not detecting the Marvell controller on 32bit system.

                 

                Naturally I was wondering why my eSATA ports were not working. Did some research and found this thread.

                 

                steppinwolf wrote:

                 

                What ended up working on my system (specs posted earlier) was simple: Move the optical drive off the Marvell controller to an available SATA port on the Intel controller. Then re-enable Marvell discrete controller and set it to RAID in the BIOS; reinstall the latest Marvell RAID drivers if they were removed; go to Device Manager -> Storage Controllers -> Marvell controller properties and enable Safe Eject on port 2 and 3 (eSATA ports). Reboot once more

                 

                I enabled the Descrete Controller and set it to RAID.

                When I boot into windows there is no detection of the Marvell RAID Controller what so ever. Before windows boots it shows the controller's RAID setup utility. My 1TB eSATA external is indeed attached and detected at this level (so the controller is functional). I did not install the Marvell RAID drivers upon Windows install but that should not matter since I was just using Intel's controller for a basic IDE functionality.

                 

                I have the latest DP55KG BIOS revision. I looked around on the Marvell site to see if there is any updates for their controller - no help there.

                 

                Anyone else run into this? I have another DP55KG system I am building and will try 32bit Win7 Pro to see if I can replicate the issue. The system is intended to be 64bit so I will be able to test both bit levels. Hopefully it's just a hardware issue and can RMA the original build's DP55KG. Would suck to be SOL because of 32bit incompatibility (BIOS update?). Shall see soon.

                • 20. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
                  steppinwolf

                  ryunp, did you ever have any better results with eSATA on the Marvell controller? Sorry, after not hearing any news from Intel for so long, I stopped checking this thread months ago.

                   

                  Lo and behold, I check today and it looks like an update (1.2.0.7105) was just posted by Intel a week ago. I plan to give it a try soon. Hopefully some of the reported issues are fixed in this update.

                  • 21. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
                    ryunp

                    steppinwolf wrote:

                     

                    ryunp, did you ever have any better results with eSATA on the Marvell controller?

                     

                    I did end up testing a few scenarios of OS installations/BIOS settings for the Marvell controller. This was about a month ago.

                     

                    Motherboard: Intel DP55KG

                    OS: Windows 7 Professional 32bit/64bit

                    HD: 128GB Kingston SSD Vseries

                    Note: Latest BIOS updates and software updates as of 9/25/10.

                     

                    Fresh Install Windows 7 Pro 32bit

                    (BIOS) Marvell RAID controller: Enabled / Mode: IDE

                    -No detection of Marvell controller inside Windows.

                     

                    Fresh Install Windows 7 Pro 64bit

                    (BIOS) Marvell RAID controller: Enabled / Mode: IDE

                    -No detection of Marvell controller inside Windows.

                     

                    The 32/64 bit does not change the detection.

                     

                    Fresh install of Windows 7 Pro 64bit

                    (BIOS) Marvell RAID controller: Enabled / Mode: RAID

                    -RAID Controller detected inside Windows.

                     

                     

                    My client who was looking forward to using the built in eSATA ended up buying a PCI eSATA card. He was not going to reinstall his OS as he already got his video editing software and related products installed and setup how he needed.

                     

                    steppinwolf wrote:

                     

                    Lo and behold, I check today and it looks like an update (1.2.0.7105) was just posted by Intel a week ago. I plan to give it a try soon. Hopefully some of the reported issues are fixed in this update.

                     

                    I have not tried installing the new driver updates as you mentioned. I will have that done this week and let you know what I find out. Would be nice to get it going, but at this point the damage (days of frustration and cost of a PCI eSATA card) is already done. I see they have a Chipset + Marvell driver set. This seems promising.

                     

                     

                    Update (10/06/10): The Chipset update worked. 'Marvell 91xx Config ATA Device' now shows in Device Manager under 'Others'. Now to get the drivers installed. Thanks Intel.

                     

                    Update 2 (10/08/10): I was confused for a little while. The 'Generic Marvell 61xx RAID Controller' did indeed get installed underneath my radar and is functional. There is the unkown '91xx Config ATA Device' which I assume is a bug referring to the 61xx controller. So far the 61xx drivers are working, eSATA drives connected to the onboard ports are functioning.

                    • 22. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG

                      I installed Wn7-64 and the E-Sata ports do not work. they are currently set to Enabled RAID but not sure at install time. Windows does NOT see teh Marv ell contoller.  Is there a way to make windows now see the Marvell controller without re-installing heh OS ?

                      • 23. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
                        ryunp

                        Download and install the latest BIOS, Chipset and Marvell Raid Controller drivers from the Intel Download Center. The newest revisision of the chipset drivers now properly recognizes the Marvell Controller.

                         

                        [Versions as of 10/27/10]

                        -Run the BIOS update (5531) (Double check RAID mode is enabled in the BIOS)

                        -Update the Chipset (9.1.2.1008)

                        -Install Marvell Controller Drivers (1.2.0.7105)

                         

                        'Generic Marvell 61xx RAID Controller' Should now appear in Device Manager under Storage Controllers.

                        • 24. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG

                          I was able to use the latest Marvell Sata Raid drivers to get everything working perfectly the first time.

                           

                          1. You have to search for the raid drivers on intel's web site since they don't come up in the desktop board download section.

                           

                          2. Unlike Intel's documentation and many posts say, you can run RAID5 on the Marvell ports.

                           

                          3. All the ports are treated the same in the raid bios settings. Doesn't matter if they are external or internal ports.

                           

                          4. Here is what I was able to set up successfully with no trouble at all in windows 7: Ran one external esata port via special conversion cable to the blu ray drive inside my computer. Ran the second external esata port to an internal hard drive via conversion cable. Ran both internal ports to internal hard drives. Created a Raid 5 array from the three 1TB hard drives. Both the raid 5 drive and the blu ray showed up fine in Windows 7.

                          • 25. Re: Can't Get eSATA to work with DP55KG
                            truohoma

                            What kind of experiences you've had with these tweaks, have the drives been functioning properly since? I'm asking this because I've just spent/wasted couple of days trying to get the red ports working using the latest drivers. The first installation of Marvell drivers ended up with blue screen so it still doesn't look that good. The PC I work on is a 32-bit Windows 7 box used on a music studio for recording, so after reading about all these experiences can't say I have much confidence left. The problem just is we need a way to transfer large audio projects in and out so the speed of eSata would be great to have. Unfortunately it just sounds like need to install a new eSATA card on PCIe and make sure it has nothing to do with Marvell.

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