I also purchased this same ssd drive packaged by Dane-elec. from Newegg, and my problem is that it locks up often with no activity with AHCI enabled. (Usually while loading the OS-Vista) I can boot the OS if I change sata ports, but after the subsequent reboot; the problem returns. Is there another way to find my firmware version?
Hey Wordsend, I think your drive is working just fine. Normally when you enable AHCI, you need to reinstall Windows to allow boot up.... otherwise it'll crash during boot like yours is doing.
There is a way to do this without installing Windows, they describe it here:
I'm guessing Windows Vista gave your drive a score of 5.9 since that was the highest at the time? Would you mind running a benchmark against your drive to see if it's as slow as mine? Here's the tool I used: http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4
Actually I migrated a working load of Vista from an 80GB sata drive to the ssd with the Acronis migrator that came along with the drive's enclosure package. I currently have a 5.7 WEI score on the sata drive, but could not run this again after installing the ssd because it locked up completely after a couple of minutes. I actually did get it to boot and run for several hours when I changed sata ports until a power loss. After that the OS would boot no more.
I also should have mentioned that I only tried enabling AHCI after I had imaged the original "non-ssd" drive and had the lockup problems. Originally the bios was set to nvidia nforce sata controller enabled, and the Jmicron controller was disabled. Mine is a simple configuration. In hindsight I see that simply imaging the drive was a mistake, and I should try a fresh load. Hopefully with the 8820 firmware already on this drive I will not have a problem loading Windows Vista, or 7 from a fresh install, but after what I've read so far I doubt it.