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  • 45. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    gbohn Community Member
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    > I thought I recalled someone earlier in this thread who was able to bring their SSD back from the dead (at least the

    > AHCI dead) by deleting the partition.

     

      That would be me.

     

    > I'll have to see how adventurous I am when I get readyto rebuild or just spend the $$$ and cross ship an RMA drive.

    >  Who knows, maybe Intel will have a resolution before then.

     

       I'll summarize my take on things.

     

       My experience has been that it is possible for incompatible (maybe 'bad') partition data to get written to a drive which results in the ASUS BIOS hanging in POST. This can be a SSD drive, or just a plain old mechanical drive. It is not an SSD specific issue as such.

     

    ( In my case, I can and have produced this problem using Acronis True Image (TI 2010 6053 with Plus Pack). But that doesn't mean the same issue can't be induced by other programs which produce the same underlying partition problem. It also doesn't mean everyone with True Image is going to see the problem, since I only see this in a certain specific combination of factors).

     

      So, if you have the symptoms (AHCI mode hangs in POST, IDE mode works on ASUS motherboard), there would seem to be two major possibilities:

     

       A) There is some form of incompatible partition data on the drive (as was my case).

     

    or

     

       B) You have an issue caused by 'something else'.

     

      If you have the A) condition, getting a new drive will be helpful to you only in that the new drive isn't yet partitioned. You would be able to 'fix' your old drive yourself by deleting the partition info. in IDE mode. Getting a new drive would be helpful (in saving you the trouble of clearing the data yourself), but may or may not be a long-term solution depending on how the data got to the 'incompatible' state in the first place.

     

       If it was by some unlikely to be repeated problem (say something about the way the partitions got created that's unlikely to be repeated), then you're probably o.k. (even though the new drive wasn't neccesary).

     

      If it got that way because of some specific sequence of setups steps (as was my case), you could end up back where you started with the new drive suffering the same fate. (In my case, restoring the partitions data landed me back where I started until I knew what to avoid).

     

      If you have the B) situation, a new drive may very well help.

     

      But, it would seem helpful (in the long run)  to know if you have the A) problem (or not) before exchanging your drive.

  • 46. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    Wachamakalit Community Member
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    I tried low-level formatting the drive. I tried several kinds of wipes. I hooked it up to several motherboards, all with the same behaviour. HDDErase wouldn't even detect it for it to wipe it.

     

    So, of course, you need to do some debugging to see if it is simply a software issue. In my case, nothing I did would ever effect it as far as AHCI goes.

     

    Unfortunately, without some tests, you won't know if it will work just fine with another motherboard. It's a guess at that point.

  • 47. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    cssd_run Community Member
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    Wachamakalit,

     

         Did you try switching drive configuration in BIOS to legacy, or sometimes called compatibility, mode?  Some BIOSes try to prevent malware by locking out the security features and switching to legacy mode could help.  Also, make sure you have drive plugged into port that supports IDE.  SATA port 0 or 1 is good bet.

     

    Regards,

    Brady

  • 48. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    Wachamakalit Community Member
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    Yes, I tried every mode in the BIOS that it offered. I tried it on every port on the mboard. I tried it on several motherboards.

     

    Locking out a drive is one thing, but hanging during POST, with no message or anything?  Not good.

     

    I RMA'd it and never had the problem again. Same computer, same motherboard, same ports, same BIOS.

  • 49. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    Metaluna Community Member
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    gbohn writes:

    > I thought I recalled someone earlier in this thread who was able to bring their SSD back

    > from the dead (at least the AHCI dead) by deleting the partition.

     

    That would be me.

     

    [...]

     

       My experience has been that it is possible for incompatible (maybe 'bad') partition data to get written to a drive which results in the ASUS BIOS hanging in POST. This can be a SSD drive, or just a plain old mechanical drive. It is not an SSD specific issue as such.

     

    I've also been seeing this behavior (see my post #3 in this thread) on a Gigabyte EX58 motherboard.  I even updated the Intel AHCI BIOS and it didn't change the behavior (the last time I updated my motherboard BIOS, it also bumped the Intel ICH10R/AHCI BIOS revision from 1.1x to, I think, 1.20E).
    Also, I had the problem on an 80GB Gen1 drive, so you may be right that it's more about the partition data than the drive itself.  Or it could be a combination of factors, such as the drive reporting some important configuration information incorrectly,  causing the OS installer to get confused and write bad data out. I have since upgraded to a Gen2 and the problem has not resurfaced (knock on wood).   It would be nice if someone could shed some light on what exactly the BIOS is doing during POST that required reading the partitions.  Maybe scanning for bootable drives?
    In my case it only happened with Windows 7 partitions.  Linux and XP partitions were detected without difficulty.

     

    Message was edited by: Metaluna

  • 50. Re: X25-M +AHCI = No POST
    cssd_run Community Member
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    Wachamakalit,

     

         I'm sorry, I think I missed something.  My suggestion was to try and get HDDErase working for you such that it would see the SSD.  I'm not sure how to resolve the issue with the drive not being recognized by the BIOS or OS, but is sounds like it has some relationship to partition metadata.

     

    Regards,

    Brady

  • 51. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    racyb Community Member
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    Thanks to all that contributed to this thread.  I had the same problem and will review the steps that I believe got me there and the solution that worked for me.

     

    What caused my problem:

    1) Brand new computer (including X25-M) installed Win 7 via IDE.

    2) Installed Win 7 again, this time using AHCI.

    3) Installed Win 7 again using AHCI and during the first restart of installation got the hanging and the bios would not POST.

    I noticed that with each Win 7 install via AHCI, a 0KB partition was created, so after step #3 from above I had a total of 4 partitions (100MB system, 150GB, and 2 x 0KB unknown partitions).  I believe the 2nd unknown partition was causing the problem.

     

    My solution:

    1) Reset BIOS to IDE and boot into the Win 7 installation disk.

    2) Deleted all partitions, resulting in an unallocated partition of 150GB.

    3) Quit the installer.

    4) Changed the BIOS to AHCI and boot the Win 7 installation disk.

    5) Install succesful!

     

    Hope this helps people, it saved me from an RMA of a perfectly good drive.

  • 52. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    topspeed Community Member
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    I have an asus x39 maximus http://methoo.com

  • 53. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    orozz Community Member
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    I've sucessfully installed my X25-M on an MSI X48 board which has ICH9R with ACHI enabled. Not experienced any POST problems or partitions.

     

    The way in which I installed Windows 7 was to put the latest RST driver on a pen drive and selected "Load Driver" on the Windows 7 select disk to install dialogue box. Point in the direction of the pen drive and select the ICH9R controller (iastor). This will load the correct AHCI (iastor) driver from the first reboot.

     

    Owen

  • 54. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    jbloggs Community Member
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    I have the same issue as gbohu but using Windows Backup and Restore utility, you can read my post here:

     

    http://communities.intel.com/thread/13056

     

    Has anybody found out what is causing this problem...

  • 55. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    sooofunky Community Member
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    Hi

     

    I'm having the same problem on an Asus P5QL Pro (P43 latest bios) + 80GB G2 (latest firmware). Installed Windows 7 64 IDE-mode, which worked fine the first time. After deleting all partitions and reformating I set Bios to AHCI. Now it hangs at auto-detecting. Tried to delete and reformat using IDE mode, which works fine for IDE, but as soon as I switch to AHCI it does not auto-detect and hangs. My retailer only says that my mainboard is old and is likely the reason for the problem. To get a new SSD will take weeks - what if it happens again? I am really disappointed and hope Intel will come up with a solution.

  • 56. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    seamusmc Community Member
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    I have the same issue, except that I've been using the drive with AHCI for a little over a month. I needed to pave my system, started the win7 install after the first reboot the system is locked at Auto Detect AHCI Port 1.

     

    I tried changing to IDE, and was able to get into Win7's install and remove the partitions. Changed back to AHCI, still hangs.

     

    Keep in mind this drive has been working perfectly under AHCI for over a month. Unfortunately, it is just over a month. Can't replace it with newegg.

     

    Just a note, my mechanical HD and DVD work just fine under AHCI. System only hangs, (can't post), with the SSD attached and AHCI mode set.

  • 57. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    seamusmc Community Member
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    In the hope that this will help folks who encounter this problem I can confirm that racyb's solution may work.

     

    1) Reset BIOS to IDE and boot into the Win 7 installation disk.

    2) Deleted all partitions, resulting in an unallocated partition of 150GB.

    3) Quit the installer.

    4) Changed the BIOS to AHCI and boot the Win 7 installation disk.

    5) Install succesful!

     

    Step 2 is very very important. Only delete the partions, do not format!

    If you see a couple 0 size partitions you are doing it wrong.

     

    Step 3 Exit the installer by clicking the close buttons on the upper right. Red with a white X. If I remember correctly you need to do this twice to cleanly exit the install. Do not just hit the reset button.

     

    Possible Cause:

    I believe what caused this problem was that when I reinstalled I simply deleted existing partions and selected install.

    I did not create any partitions, I assumed the windows 7 install would do so. I believe, in my case, this caused the problem. IMHO you should always create the install partition manually and format it.

     

    To Reiterate: When I reinstalled after completing the above steps I created the partition manually, no 0 size partitions showed up and I formatted the install partition.

     

    Good luck folks, after a month using the SSD I can't imagine going without. As Anand of AnandTech says, its the best real world performance upgrade you can get.

  • 58. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    mechbob Community Member
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    Refer tp microsoft article # 922976 and it decribes how to switch from IDE to AHCI after OS is installed , You can not just go in BIOS and change it without doing this first or you will get Blue screen.

  • 59. Re: X25-M + ICH9R + AHCI = No Post
    me678 Community Member
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    Thanks! This solved my issue! I have a Samsung 830 SSD. The issue was caused when installing Windows 8.

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