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Samsung 840 PRO SSD not detected in bios on Asus P6X58D-E motherboard

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March 4, 2014 7:13:18 PM

Some specs:
Asus P6X58D-E
3x 2 = 6GB triple channel memory
Western Digital Cavier 640 HDD
Antec True Power Quattro 850 psu

I installed this SSD into my case about an hour ago. I plugged the sata cable going from the SSD into one of the white sata ports, which I assume are the Sata 3.0 ports (There are two of them).

I go into my bios and it's not detected under my SATA devices, and it does not show up as a drive in Windows 7 x64.

When I'm booting, I do get the following message though:

"Marvell 88SE91xx Adapter - Bios Version 1.0.0.1019
PCIe x1 5.0Gbps
Mode: CPU IDE
Virtual Disk
No Virtual Disk!
Physical Disk
[ID] [Disk Name] [Speed]
0 Sata Samsung SSD 840 Pro Series 256GB 6Gb/s

Press <Ctrl>+<M> to enter BIOS setup or <Space> to continue
"

I'm assuming this is to setup a raid array of drives. If it's showing the drive here shouldn't it show up in the bios and in Windows? I don't really know how to set this up.

Could this have something to do with my SSD not getting enough power? The SSD is connected to the same cable as 4 of my case fans. I wasn't sure if I should be doing that, but I was told it was OK in another thread.

Help would be appreciated.
a c 519 V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 7:35:26 PM

You need to install the marvell sata controller driver either from asus or marvell website. And usually we recommend to use the intel SATAII ports, you may get similar performance because marvell STATIII ports are not true SATAIII , yes it may have better benchmark but the SSD will work far more stable on the intel SATAII ports. In the real world SATAII and SATAIII are same. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sata-6gbps-performa...
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March 4, 2014 8:10:49 PM

I'm going to have to start paying you if you keep helping me. lol

Interesting numbers in that link you posted. I just really don't want to have to open up my case and start dusting out more SATA ports because I would have to remove a drive bay to get at them. The ports have sat open collecting dust for the three years I've had this motherboard.

How much of a problem would the dust be? How clean would I have to get the ports?

What do you mean by stability? What kind of problems would I be running into if I left my SSD in the Sata 3 port?

So Marvell is a brand that creates the sata 3 port "controller" for the motherboard? Why doesn't Intel make them if they make the sata 2 port controller on the same motherboard?

Thanks again. :) 
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a c 519 V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 9:07:39 PM

Your MB has the intel X58 chipset that only support the native SATAII, and the asus want to put the SATAIII from Marvell or ASMedia that called the third party ahci controller. Before the marvell controller driver has the problem like fails to detect the drive, or "unsuccessfully installed" even you did install the driver, etc. In recently the marvell does update the controller driver for more stability.

The intel do make them but after 6-series chipsets MB like P67, Z68, Z77, Z87, etc.

If you don't really want to open the case, then download and install the marvell ahci controller driver from here http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6X58DE/#support Also you need download and install the intel chipset driver too, https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?Dwnld... Because the SSD is very picky for the driver and the SSD firmware. Also you may need update the BIOS because the MB is a little bit outdated, but if the PC runs fine you don't need the update the BIOS.

For the dust inside the PC, you should clean the PC time to time by using a can of compressed air, that will helps extend the life of your system and prevents hardware from failing.

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March 4, 2014 9:22:53 PM

I dust my PC every month or two with a Metro Electric Duster. It's just that my sata ports are behind my graphics card and the ports run parallel to the board itself, so they're hard to reach without taking out the bottom drive bay of my Antec 900 case.

I have the second latest Bios driver and the latest Intel chipset drivers.

So "AHCI controller" is just an interchangeable term for "AHCI SATA" controller, or is there a difference?

I'm going to try the Marvell driver right now.
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March 4, 2014 9:56:22 PM

OK, It's still not working. It's not detecting the drive in the bios or in Windows after I ran the Marvell drivers in Windows.

Is there anything else I can try before I'm forced to move the SSD's SATA cable to a SATA 2 port?
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a c 519 V Motherboard
March 5, 2014 8:25:22 AM

Try the SSD in other computer, if you can use the SSD in othe computer, then you try to use other SATA ports. If you can't use the SSD in other computer then the SSD may be defective.

It should be the SATA controller driver.
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March 6, 2014 5:01:01 AM

I'm just going to move the SSD to an Intel port and see how it goes. I'll report back once I do it later.
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