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!
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
- http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-028426.htm# slipstream http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-028426.htm# slipstream
- http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034133.htm http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034133.htm
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