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AHCI on GD41TX

I want to have a dual boot on my system, but can't even find how to turn AHCI for SATA in BIOS. BIOS is updated to the v.86A

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Are you sure about the board model number? How about DG41TX?

And, what options do you see for ATA/IDE mode?

And, here is the latest bios if you are a DG41TX (bios 0054):

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/20106/?product=43605 Download BIOS Update [TXG4110H.86A]

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Yes sorry it is DG41!

As for ATA/IDE I have Legacy and Native modes.

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Then, set it to native. As far as I can remember back to that board (I had two of them) native was the proper setting.

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It is native, but I have just noticed that version of bios is actually 0037, so I'll update it now and maybe it will help. Just have to find version 0048 first.

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Use the link I provided and go to 0054.

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I did, thank you!

But as it is mentioned there I need to update to https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/19330/BIOS-Update-TXG4110H-86A- 0048 first.

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Here is the link to 0048:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/19330/BIOS-Update-TXG4110H-86A- Download BIOS Update [TXG4110H.86A]

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I found it already, thank you anyway!

Updating now, will see if it helps!

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I do not believe you will see the word "AHCI" appear. But, still use NATIVE.

What OS do you plan to install?

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I need Linux-like OS as my 2nd OS. At the moment installation of Ubuntu can't see HDD at all.

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Is this the same after 0054?

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Unfortunately , it is yes.

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There is a gentleman here that can address that better than I. He will be by several hours from now (time difference).

So, take a break and wait a bit.

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Thank you!

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What Linux OS version are you installing? You do need to install Windows first if you want to dual boot with Linux.

I could not find a G41 motherboard but here is a H55. Does your BIOS screen look similar to this?

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Good morning MrMitch!

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 16.04, and I already have Win8.1.

When I start Ubuntu installation, it doesn't see the HDD. As I understand that is because file system that is used by Win is NTFS, and linux uses ext4. Which is why I need AHCI.

My BIOS looks similar, but "Configure Storage Controller as" option is missing.

Thank you for your help!

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So what you need to do now is boot into Windows 8.1 and shrink your NTFS partition down so you have some free space. Then create a FAT32 partition out of the free space and that should then be seen by the Ubuntu installer. If Windows 8.1 sees the HDD correctly then you are in AHCI or IDE mode which are both supported by Ubuntu.

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Received answer from Intel. My board doesn't support AHCI.

I tried to format partition as fat32 and ext3, nothing.

Ubuntu doesn't see HDD at all.

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