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AScot1
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IBM ThinkCentre A50 Intel D865GKD - SSD drive?

Hello!

I wanted to upgrade my IBM ThinkCentre A50 (8084-77G, Intel D865GKD motherboard) with a SSD S-ATA drive. Previously there was an IDE one installed.

Although I already upgraded it and everything works fine, partition was successfully aligned to SSD type, but it works in Legacy (Compatibility) mode. I can't seem to find a proper AHCI driver for this controller for Windows XP Pro, to speed things up.

Does such a driver for this very old motherboard even exist? The I/O controller is Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers.

Thanks for any help!

AS

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Silvia_L_Intel1
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Hello A.Scott.A, thanks for contacting us through the Intel Communities.

 

About your question, I found this driver that might help you to get AHCI support on your system however I cannot guarantee you it is going to work. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=15551&ProdId=2101&lang=eng&OSVersion... https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=15551&ProdId=2101&lang=eng&OSVersion...

You would need to download the .ZIP file and a floppy drive will be needed.

 

There is additional information at the following links

 

Regards,

 

AScot1
Beginner
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Hi Sylvia,

Thanks for replying. I've tried to install this driver, but it says "Required hardware could not be found". It seems the oldest supported controller is "Intel(R) 82801ER I/O Controller Hub (ICH5R)". In my machines there is - Intel(R) 82801EB controller.

It is funny that there are 2 S-ATA slots on this motherboard, so theoretically it should support SSD drives in AHCI mode natively. Also in BIOS there is AHCI option, but it doesn't make any difference when I set it on. The PC manufacturer (IBM/Lenovo) did not provide any drivers for this mode.

Well, it seems my SSD drive will be working in legacy mode then

Regards,

A.

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