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Old 9th May, 2005, 01:59 PM
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9NDA3+ and installation on Marvell SATA

Hi everybody!

My 9NDA3+ is currently on RMA because it was DOA but I thought I'd ask a question while I wait for the replacement.

How do I get a hold of a driver floppy for the Marvel SATA RAID controller on the board so I can install Windows XP on my SATA drives? I must use the SATA3 & 4 connectors on the board because SATA1 & 2 are too close to the AGP port and are completely covered by the heat sink of my GFX card so I cannot use them. The CD that comes with the board only contains a floppy for the nVidia SATA (1&2) and a floppy for Sillicon Image SATA, but the board has a Marvell SATA controller??
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Old 9th May, 2005, 06:41 PM
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If you have to use 3&4, those should be your Nvidia RAID (I have the same board). There are two different drivers you have to use and you can create a RAID floppy with the disk included by EPoX. The disk included is also a bootable disk, so you can create your RAID floppy without an OS. Very cool and I've bragged on it several times.
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Just remember SATA ports 3 & 4 are unlocked and won't work properly with overclocking.

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Old 10th May, 2005, 11:58 AM
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What confuses me is that the block diagram in the manual shows that 3 & 4 are thru the Marvell SATA controller and 1 & 2 are from the nVidia chipset, but there are no drivers for Marvell on the CD, only for nVidia and Silicon Image controllers and there is no Silicon Image controller on the board as far as I can see.
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Old 10th May, 2005, 12:29 PM
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The manual must be wrong or they changed the spec after the manual was written.
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Old 10th May, 2005, 03:03 PM
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Either that or the Nvidia RAID drivers work for the Marvell SATA controller!
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Old 10th May, 2005, 10:49 PM
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Just for info I have a 9NDA3+ and a Galaxy 6800GT. Heatsinks don't come much bigger than the Galaxy's, but Sata 1+2 can be used easily if you use right angled Sata cables (I didn't know there was such a thing either).

Got them at my local pc shop and cost the same as regular cables. They come in left hand and right hand varieties so you will need one of each if you want to use both ports.
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Old 10th May, 2005, 11:28 PM
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That has to be one of the smartest things ive ever heard of. Ive got a drive cage of all things in the way on my AV8 thats been putting me off buying SATA for ages.

Just ordered two of these babies http://www.pccasegear.com/prod1439.htm

Cant believe i never thought of that...
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They should include them with the boards instead of straight ones.
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Old 10th May, 2005, 11:52 PM
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Totally. For neatness sake if nothing else. Due to the rigidity of the cables, and the fact that they stick straight out the back of the hard disk, why not have them at 90 degrees there too?

IDE cables dont stick straight up or straight out, so why should SATA?

EPoX Tech, you can put that one in the suggestion box mate!
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