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  1. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Got the chips from ebay, a couple days ago, truth be told. MX29LV040CQ1 New in package, but pre-programmed with some telecom firmware. No dice. That said, while parperusing ebay, I did find another card based on all VIA chips. It was CHEAP. In fact the website for the card still works: http://ppa-usa.com/computer-products/sata/pci-combo-card-sata-usb-and-firewire.html That particular card doesn't work either, as expected. I did it to test the bridge chip. It comes up in the profiler as "pci multifunction card", where my initial card actually looks like the bridge chip is working. The profiler lists usb/firewire/raid. I dropped the original firmware back into the original card, popper her into my Win7 machine... works fine. Had a bit of driver hiccup (manual install) with the sata part, but it was probably a win7 thing. Kinda out of ideas here.
  2. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Also, because I can't boot from sata, I've been using a boot cd, so that might be the issue with usb not working initially. Anyway, there are some chips on ebay. I might as well try. I'm already pretty deep into this project, what's another $10 and 3 weeks?
  3. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    God frack it. So the 010 SST is ok but an identical 040 isn't. OI VEY. And those chips aren't available on reputable sites like mouser. Gotta order them off ebay from china. And wait 3 weeks to get the fakes... [sarcasm] YAY [/sarcasm] I'll keep looking for those two exact chips for now. Thanks. --- I also realize the usb/firewire should still work. So I'm going to frack around with this card for a bit, maybe something will come to me. Hopefully I can find out a workaround. It might be the fault of the usb chip, it might not be supported.
  4. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    exactly my thought. for the record, i bought the same brand, same model, except i got a 040 instead of 010. Im going to pull out my xp setup and see if it works in windows. at the very least, make sure the card works. damn shame. I'll keep my ears to the ground on this for the time being.
  5. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    OK, I finally got the socket from china. Paid a bit extra for one that shouldn't fail after a few insert/remove cycles. Anyway, I dropped in the chip, and it worked perfectly. Well the programmer anyway. It does not boot in my beige G3. It does show up in the profiler: Please excuse the crap cellphone image of the screen In my beige g3, it comes up as shown. usb and sata doesn't work. I don't have firewire so I couldn't test that. It did better than my blue G3. That machine only had "pci bridge" in the profiler. I also tried my G4 but that system has decided not to work anymore. Is it possible the bios chip? I found some other posts here with a different file, tried that and got the same results. Its a real shame, I really wanted this card to work.
  6. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    I'll play with it later. I'm in the middle of 12-hour work days so I just cannot summon the energy right now to do anything. maybe monday. :P
  7. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    meh, i already ordered a nice replacement with a zif socket. I will try again tonight.
  8. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    well after a few hours of faffing about, my plcc32-dip32 adapter is trashed somehow. ugg.
  9. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Got the sst040 chips yester from mouser. Some reason they were in a air-tight static bag. Raised an eyebrow initially. usually they are just taped closed, but I plowed ahead. Inside the bag was a moisture sensor, silicone desiccant pack, and a box. The box was the size of a deck of cards. inside was the 3 chips i ordered (I always get spares). imho total overkill. Just the box would have been more than sufficient. the chips were only $1.80 each. Whatever. Going to flash teh chip tonight and drop it in my g3 and see how it goes.
  10. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    got my hot air gun out, pulled a socket off a crappy nic and got a socket on the card. I'll be testing tonight if I screwed anything up.
  11. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Yea, I literally got a pile of 320gb sata2 drives, designed for 24/7 surveillance cameras. (new) so they are low power, silent, and quick. considering I'm only using 1/2 the drive, I'm essentially short stroking the drive. Performance is great and would only be surpassed by the 0ns seek times provided by SSD drives. Oh, by the way, I got the card today. has the sst 010 chip. Ill need to source a 040. Going to check my pile of broken parts before i run out and buy one. At the very least I'll install a socket, so I only need to solder it once.
  12. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    yea, by a large margin. IIRC the G3 has 16.6 mb/s ide. So with sata capable of almost 10x that... yes. in all ways the matter it will be better. "real world" on other machines I have, I can only get about 75ish MB/s on the standard pci bus. Things like video, sound, ethernet, take up valuable pci bandwidth. I'm currently using a pci ide-100 controller with a sata/ide converter and said converter is clunky to say the least, and honestly wiggles its way loose sometimes. Hopefully this card will let me use a locking sata cable.
  13. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Well, I do have a fire-wire disk enclosure somewhere, I'll at least see if it works.
  14. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    thats good to hear! you wouldn't happen to have that bios image? or at least the name of the one you used? thanks!
  15. luckybob

    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    No such luck.
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