Dell :: 1737 XP32 AHCI Frustration

Oct 14, 2009

So just for fun I switched my drive operation mode from AHCI to IDE and installed Windows XPSP3 32bit.

I went around collecting drivers until all my devices were recognized, and then slipstreamed the drivers along with the newest Intel Matrix driver(extracted from the installer) onto a custom install DVD using nLite.

Shut down, set drive mode to AHCI, booted from CD, and then BAM! BSOD halfway through install initiation

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Dell :: Downgrading From Vista64 To XP32/64 For Dummies

Sep 21, 2009

My dell studio 1555 has finally arrived with Vista Home SP1 64 bit and I'm absolutely hating it. I haven't installed crap on it and 1.5GB of my 4GB ram always remains under use. Don't know about the processor but that too I bet isn't loving the vista experience. Windows 7 is an option but prefer XP. I am pretty much sure XP will run faster and games will perform better eventually.

THE PROBLEM: I have NO F'ING CLUE WHERE TO BEGIN. I want to remove Vista completely and install XP. Is there a XP64 bit version? Because I hear downgrading to 32bit will cause driver issues. I've formatted/removed and re-installed XP on a laptop million times before but never have I went from 64 to 32 bit.. Is it possible? Could someone please show me a tutorial on how to get that done?

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Dell :: Ordering Frustration

Feb 6, 2010

I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, but I desperately need to vent. On January 6th, I ordered a new 1645 with a Core i7 720 and an RGBLED. It was set to be delivered on the 28th, but it was then pushed back, then cancelled, then Dell re-opened a new identical order, set to be delivered on the 24th of February. I found a really nice Dell Outlet 1645 with a i7 820 in it for 80 bucks less than what I would have paid for the i720. Ordered it, waited a week, nothing. Turns out there was some sort of glitch on my address. (I moved in July, changed all my addresses, but it still hadn't gotten through apparently.) So, I call their silly phone number, and they tell me I have to call them with a PIN number they're going to mail me, fine, whatever. A week has passed and still no mail, nothing. I look at my order status tonight and Dell has now CANCELED this order without TELLING me. I am about to lose my mind. Meanwhile the 15% off Dell outlet coupon is now expired, and there are no longer any XPS 16's in the Outlet... *sigh*... I'm trying to give this company my hard-earned money and they are just making this entire process BEYOND frustrating. I've hoped and hoped that I'd see my laptop shipped since the beginning of January to no avail... Has anyone else had trouble with this sort of thing? I'm THIS close to never ordering another Dell again, I'm so fed up with this entire broken system.

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Dell :: Frustration Burning Dvd-r's!!!!

Mar 31, 2009

I have to look around to find the finalise option..the dics will then only play in WMP..WMC will not regognise the disc neither will Media Player it a codec issue? Should I switch things on or off in Klite?

My DVD Player supports all DVD-R and CD-R formats but will not recognise a disk burned with Vista!! Can you burn Video in WMP?

I know you can burn cd's..just want my dvd-r to play in a normal DVD player or any laptop! Also..looked at burning a disc with Roxio Creater but find it very complicated!

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Sony :: FZ190 Microphone Frustration

Dec 1, 2009

This must be one of the biggest design flaws ever. My VAIO has a built-in camera & microphone (just like most VAIO's I'm sure)... anyway, here's the issue:

The microphone is always active and is constantly feeding whatever sound it picks up directly to my speakers. For instance: Every time I close my laptop (as one normally does multiple times a day to make it enter sleep),

the microphone lays against the bottom case and picks up the electronic resonance from the internal components and then sends this horrid noise through my speakers, creating the most ear piercingly awful and embarrassing sound that lasts until the computer goes to sleep.....

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Dell :: AHCI

Jan 26, 2009

I want to install mediadirect on my xps 1530. I want to follow this Dell Vista Laptop Reformat and Bloatware Removal Guide
But I have a question before beginning.

This paragraph : AHCI Concerns: On new Dell systems, they are set up to run in AHCI mode which will give you a 15% system performance boost. In many instances, the AHCI driver MUST be installed during the initial installation process for the installation to work.

Those not installing it are finding that their system may BSOD or hang during the installation and saying "Completing Installation Process". One must find the driver specific to their system either on the drivers disk that came with their laptop or at in the drivers section.

Download and expand it to a USB drive or disk; the USB is preferred but it is important that you expand it on the media you just saved it to. Once done, put it aside for now .....

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Dell :: XPS Studio 13 And AHCI

Apr 4, 2009

I am going to do a clean install on my system using Vista 64bit.

I saw the reformat and bloatware removal forum and wanted to know to I need to install the AHCI driver during install and if so where can I find it for my system,

I read somewhere that I do not need to install the driver as the Vista install cd that came with my system has the driver on it .....

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Dell :: Enabling AHCI

Oct 16, 2008

I reformatted my inspiron 1520 but didnt load ahci drivers (vista didn't find them). When I try and enable ahci in the bios, i get a bsod when vista is booting. How do I get ahci enabled?

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Dell :: Windows 7 X64 AHCI Driver

Jun 6, 2009

do i need to slipstream the driver into my DVD when burning the windows 7 image onto my DVD?

if i need to, how can i do that??

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Dell :: D630 AHCI Cant Get It Work

Aug 30, 2009

I am using ATA mode with XP. Lately I switched to ACHI in bios and do a clean installation.

During setup I press F6 to install ICH8M driver. The driver is loaded sucessfully from a floppy disk.

Later when the windows installer prompt whether to Install Windows, Repair or F3 to quit; I select install windows and it prompts unable to detect hdd.

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Dell :: Q Regarding M1530 And AHCI Drivers

Apr 10, 2009

I recently undertook a clean install of Vista (SP1) onto my XPS M1530. After the installation was complete,

I manually installed the Intel Matrix Storage Device drivers (AHCI).

When I view the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers list in Vista's Device Manager I see the following:

- ATA Channel 0
- Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2850

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Dell :: Enable AHCI On E1705

Jan 10, 2009

does anyone know how to enable the AHCI feature on that notebook? Ther ist no possibility to change it in the bios.

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Dell :: Reformatting M1330 And AHCI

Jan 8, 2009

This is my 3rd attempt trying to reformat.

With the AHCI driver.

When i reached that part to install the driver, i clicked on that "drivers", connected my USB and added the AHCI driver.

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Dell :: AHCI Drivers Vista X64

Sep 16, 2008

I am looking into installing Vista Ultimate x64 and was wondering if there is anyone here that has upgraded to vista 64 bit and what they did as far as drivers go. Mainly I am just trying to get all of the drivers ill need found before doing anything.

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Dell :: AHCI Drivers For Inspiron 1720Windows XP

Jul 7, 2009

I've tried using the ones from the Dell web site but I cannot get them to work, just incase i'm being a dill can someone link me to the correct AHCI drivers please?

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Dell :: Install Windows 7: AHCI Driver

Aug 19, 2009

I am about to install Windows 7 thanks to my school's MSDNAA program and plan to use the 64-bit version (replacing Vista/32-bit). I remember from the bloatware removal thread where it is highly recommended to install the AHCI driver before installing the OS since there is a performance boost.

Should I continue to use the AHCI driver before installing Windows 7? On Dell's site, they only list vista versions, so I don't know if it is needed or if it even works with 7.

If I should keep using it, should I use the 32-bit or 64-bit driver on Dell's site? I know it sounds obvious that I would want the 64-bit driver if I am upgrading to a 64-bit OS, but I have heard people say many 64-bit drivers are not as reliable as 32-bit, so I am wondering if it matters which one I use

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Dell :: Studio 1535Win 7 AHCI Driver?

Jan 2, 2010

I'm gonna clean install Win 7 on my notebook, can someone point me in the direction of an ahci driver,

as I assume I'll need it on installation like when I clean installed Vista?

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Dell :: AHCI Issue From Bloatware Guide...

Jan 17, 2009

I am following the bloatware removal guide and once I get to the part in the setup where I have to point it to the Intel Matrix file I put on a CD,

it eliminates all but one file that it says is compatible with my system, but then that file will not work to install

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Dell :: M1530 AHCI Driver, Where Can I Find It?

Jan 12, 2009

So I am trying to find the AHCI driver for my m1530 but I dont see it under drivers for my service tag, does this mean I dont need it? In my BIOS I have that as an option though!

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Dell Inspiron 11 :: Upgrade To SSD Will Not Work In AHCI Only In ATA?

Jan 7, 2015

I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 11 3000 2in1. I decided to swap my Dell Sata 54000 rpm HD to a SSD M500 240GB. I went in the BIOS and it does recognize the Fixed HDD - Crucial_CT240M500SSD1 240GB. I tried installing Windows 8.1 and it would not recognize the SSD HD. What I notice if I go in the BIOS and change SATA Operation to ATA it works fine. I would like to have it on AHCI because I guess that is the latest technology for reading a HD. Any reason why I can't install it with AHCI? It also did work fine before on AHCI with the factory HD that came with the laptop.

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Dell XPS 15 9530 :: Unable To Boot Using AHCI

Nov 4, 2014

Yesterday i got my new XPS 15 9530, that's where i ran into some problems.Laptop is unable to work under AHCI in any possible configuration.It ships with 32GB SSD + 1TB HDD, i unscrew and swapped the 1TB HDD with a new Samsung 850 Pro 512GB. I started installing windows while on Intel's SRT (raid), then i noticed it and after installation was over i changed to AHCI.

Then i had to re-install, i boot using windows disk (talking about 8.1 pro) and windows installer was slow during this period... then after i reached the drive listing, i couldn`t touch either drivers. I couldn`t create partition in the samsung pro, i was receiving the 0x80070057 and a couple errors more of the same type. I started playing around with the GPT & MBR formatting, used external computer to create partitions, layouts but nothing.Whenever AHCI is on, i can`t manage to work using the Samsung 850 Pro disk.

So now i`m using Intel's SRT (raid instead) while having a single disk (samsung 850 pro) where windows is installed, while not achieving full read/write speeds because of the samsung magician that has to work with AHCI, and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (irst). The other drive (32GB SSD) is formatted for linux, i have to disable secure boot to boot into there but that's fine.How can i get AHCI to work? I tried so many ways but clearly nothing..

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Dell :: Inspiron 1545 Sata Drive ATA / AHCI

May 25, 2009

got a inspiron 1545 recently with a SATA 320 gb HDD / 4gb ram with Windows Vista Home Basic. Like most of us I hate Vista. So I created a partition & installed XP.

Used a program "EasyBCD" to setup dual boot. I get the dual boot screen at startup. But only XP boots. After a little probing, came to know that there are only 2 options in the BIOS for SATA operations. AHCI & ATA. If I select ATA I can boot only to XP. If I select AHCI then I can boot only into Vista. Searched around but the solutions were a bit over my head. Really appreciate if anybody could come up with something in lay mans terms.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3147 :: Can't Detect SSD In AHCI Mode

Jul 27, 2014

I bought new Inspiron 11 3147 (2 in 1 model).  When "SATA Operation" is set to AHCI laptop can't detect SSD (Intel 530) in Windows 8.1 setup.

When I change "SATA Operation" to ATA Windows 8.1 can detect SSD in setup without any problem.

I think this is BIOS error. There will be any update? I can't use my SSD now.

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Dell :: BIOS Hack To Enable Intel VT And/or AHCI On Inspiron

Nov 20, 2009

when I got my 9400/E1705 I was always sad for not having the AHCI option available in the BIOS.

This was asked for so many times:

- "Notebooks BIOS should support AHCI"

- "Enable AHCI in Dell Notebook BIOS"

- "Please give us BIOS support for SATA AHCI mode on Inspirons!"
Please give us BIOS support for SATA AHCI mode on Inspirons!

- "Give us real bios control"

- "Bios release"

In the Sony forum, they have found a way to activate these options even if they're not present in the BIOS:

How to Enable Intel VT and AHCI on a Napa/Santa Rosa platform Phoenix BIOS Vaio laptop
The only item you'll need is a bootable DOS media. Click one of these links for instruction for creating a bootable floppy disk (with USB floppy drive) or usb stick.USB flash1 or USB flash2 or CDR (add modified table file to image before writing).

1.Download symcmos and copy it to your bootable DOS media. This utility is used to modify your Phoenix BIOS settings. Also, download a DOS text editor and copy it to the media if you feel comfortable editing a file in DOS.

2.Go to the BIOS by pressing F2 during start-up, or when the VAIO logo appears, and reset the settings to factory default. Save and reboot.

3.Go back to the BIOS and enable the boot from external devices option. Save and reboot.

4.Press ESC when the VAIO logo appears to bring up the boot selection menu and select the bootable DOS media. At the prompt, type "symcmos -v2 -lDefault.txt", without quotes, and note that there's no space in between the flag and filename. This will create a literal symbol table from the NVRAM named Default.txt which contains all the current BIOS settings. Reboot by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. If that doesn't work, hold the power button until the notebook turns off.

5.Use the DOS text editor (or boot to another OS and use a text editor there) to edit the generated Default.txt file. Change the following lines and save the modified file to something else (e.g. modified.txt):

For Napa SZs - R0112N0

AHCI: (015C) [0000] ---> (015C) [0001]

VT-x: (0354) [0000] ---> (0354) [0001]...

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Dell :: Question About Clean Vista Install And AHCI Drivers

Apr 2, 2009

I just got a studio 1737 and want to do a clean Vista 64 Home premium install.
I was going to follow Les's guide in the main dell forum but it seems media direct 4.0 will not allow me to boot from the cd.

So I want to boot from Vista and reformat and install the OS.

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Acer :: HDD Slow In AHCI

Oct 11, 2009

i did a test in HDtune and i found something strange :

ide mode : burst speed - 120mb/s
cpu usage : 6,7 %

AHCI mode : burst speed - 68mb/s
cpu usage : 21% ( no mistake )

is this normal ? Hard disk is WD scorpio black 320gb

in HDtune i see that my hdd is set to ide - 100mb/s instead of sata

also when i connect a usb device ( after 3 connects especially) i get a BSOD and the error 0x0000008E .

I never got this error before and it all started 1 month ago, out of the blue.

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Dell Precision M4400 :: Upgraded To SSD Drive - It Won't Work In AHCI Mode Only ATA

Dec 9, 2013

I installed a Samsung 840EVO 500GB SSD in my Precision M4400 last weekend. I managed to get it working but it only works in ATA mode. All others modes I tried brought me to the windows splash screen quickly followed by a blue screen that flashed so quickly I couldn't read it before the system rebooted. If I let it reboot it continues to do the same thing over and over. As I understand it I would really benefit from the performance AHCI offers, particularly when running multiple programs at once.

How I might get my drive working in AHCI mode?

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HP/Compaq :: Enabling AHCI On HDX16t

Apr 18, 2009

I am trying to enable AHCI on my HDX16t so that I can get the most out of my intel SSD X25-M.

I plan to do a default system restore by using the "Clean Vista install WITH NO ACTIVATION" thread with an original vista CD.

1) how to enable this?

2) Is it enabled by default?

3) And if so, how can I tell?

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HP/Compaq :: How To Change Sata From IDE TO AHCI

Feb 17, 2009

i have Pavilion DV5-1112ea with limited BIOS

i want to change my IDE SATA TO AHCI...

how i can do this ?

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HP Envy M6 K015dx :: How To Enable AHCI

Nov 5, 2013

I upgraded my hard drive to a SSD and that is done. Laptop works fine.  Installed the Samsung SSD software and it says I need to Enable AHCI to get the SSD running at full potential.
I searched the BIOS and do not see anyplace to change this.  I then went to the Device Manager in Windows 8.1and I do not see any ATA/SATA controller.  All I see is a RAID controller. RAID controller in a laptop? 
How to enable the AHCI?

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