2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2010 4:20 PM by jeff_tenney

    MSI Neo2 FIR with Intel ICH9R (e)Sata Ports - Location Wrong




      I have a Problem with the above Board with the Chip. The Board has (4 Sata + 2 eSata = ICH9R) + 1 Sata Ports. The One Port not Part of the ICH9R Chip I will leave out because its not part of my problem. The 4 Sata Ports are on the Inside as expected but 2 of them are marked as External and I don't seem to be able to change that. While on the other Hand the 2 eSata Ports on the Outside are marked as Internal Ports.


      Please help me to correct this ... since I couldn't finde any settings regarding the location of the disks/ports in the Bios I hope that the Windows 7 Drivers or Windows 7 itself has some sort of setting where I can change the location.


      Thank you

        • 1. Re: MSI Neo2 FIR with Intel ICH9R (e)Sata Ports - Location Wrong

          Hey Smooph -


          Did you find the configuration?  I have a custom built PC and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology program tells me all my SATA ports are internal.  However, I wired up two of them to external ports on my chassis (eSATA).  I want the software to recognize that the ports are external because then Windows will provide the "safely remove" option when a drive is plugged into one of those ports.


          I tried to find the configuration in the registry but it doesn't seem to be in there.  The info might be in the DMI data stored on the motherboard too.  I plan to keep looking.



          • 2. Re: MSI Neo2 FIR with Intel ICH9R (e)Sata Ports - Location Wrong

            Looks like the ICH9/10 driver gets the configuration directly from the AHCI registers (CAP and PxCMD) inside the ICH9/10.  They are write-once registers, and I would guess they are initialized by system BIOS after reset.  So if your BIOS doesn't offer the choice of internal/external for each SATA port on the motherboard, then you're out of luck (like I am).  I may complain to ASUS and beg for a new BIOS release, but somehow I don't expect to get very far.