PATA Hard Drive on P965 motherboard

I bought a IDE HDD last year and I'm upgrading all my system the next week. I found out that the IDE on P965 motherboards is supported by the JMicron controller chip that has various problems. It also needs a driver to be installed. And here comes the question: will I be able to boot from that HDD? I hope I won't need to buy another one...
On the other hand, is there any other alternative, like a motherboard with nForce 650i chipset ? Or it's a JMicron controller chip on those too?
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  1. I think you would need to go with a 975 motherboard. Your probably better off just getting a cheap SATA drive and using the PATA as storage
  2. Another option, and I don't know how well it works, is to get a SATA to PATA adapter. They are pretty cheap. Also I have heard that you need a SATA optical drive to install XP. These things may have been resolved I'm not up on the latest information.
  3. Or get a cheap ata controller off of ebay! Kind of a crapshoot, but I found a great ata100 board for just under $20.00 with raid to boot!

    -The String
  4. Buying an adapter may get me into potential problems, and I am not sure about thhe 975 chipset, regarding the IDE support. Right now I seriosly think on buying a motherboard withnForce chipset. But before I do annything stupid I should know clearly: did anyone had any problems regarding IDE connectivity with nForce 650i chipset? (say... Asus P5N-E-SLI or MSI P6N SLI Platinum)
  5. Not all 965-based boards use the JMicron controller - the GA-965-DQ6 certainly doesn't.
  6. I like that board, When I upgrade that's the board that I am going to get. I don't know whether it can boot from the PATA though.

    @billystringer I pretty sure that there would be problems booting to a PCI card.

    @Chiri The SATA adapter is cheap and will probably work.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822998008

    For $40.00 to $50.00 you can buy an 80GB hard drive and boot to it. This thread has become an exercise in futility. Here is a link, I'm done.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014+1035915133&name=SATA+3.0Gb%2fs
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    I like that board, When I upgrade that's the board that I am going to get. I don't know whether it can boot from the PATA though.

    @billystringer I pretty sure that there would be problems booting to a PCI card.

    @Chiri The SATA adapter is cheap and will probably work.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822998008

    For $40.00 to $50.00 you can buy an 80GB hard drive and boot to it. This thread has become an exercise in futility. Here is a link, I'm done.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014+1035915133&name=SATA+3.0Gb%2fs


    Well I can guarantee you that there are no problems booting off of this card because I do it all the time. It even has a jumper to disable the card's bios if you just want to use it for more drives. Based on my experience, and this guy's requirements, I think it would be a great solution!

    -The String
  8. So the MB BIOS sees the drive on the PCI card and allows you to choose it as the boot drive?

    Edit:I priced the PCI cards on Newegg. they are $18-$19. An 80GB drive $43, the difference is 43-19= $24. So it costs $24 dollars to not have to dork around with a PCI setup. Hmmm, that's a hard choice. But who knows it might be fun to spend hours dorking with your new computer trying to get it to boot for the first time. So I say save the $24, it will be a good learning experience. :twisted:
  9. Yes, exactly!

    Bios's vary of course, but some of them do have a setting for "boot other devices", which would be what you use in this case. But if that setting isn't available, then you just disable all bootable drives (you can leave A and D on tho), and then the pci card's bios will pick it up. Really quite cool and lets Raid-0 on an old celeron box! 8O 8)

    -The String
  10. Interesting. Still not worth taking the chance for the small difference in additional cash.
  11. hello,

    i have a msi p965 neo-f and the jmicron works fine. just do NOT install any drivers by using f6 when installing xp. that way i had a lot of trouble installing. just install with no drivers and it works perfekt. once you are in xp you can install intel drivers and jmicron.

    my pata cdrom and harddisk work native with the controller so no worries, get yourself a nice p965 board.
  12. All in all, I'm surprised any manufactures are having trouble implementing such a mature technology. I mean it's like a businessman having trouble tying his shoes for crying out loud! :roll:

    -The String
  13. It boots without problem: don't install any drivers with F6.
  14. Or it is like the industry changed standards, and chose SATA as teh future leaving behind ATA legacy drives... and the OP wanted to use his existing ATA hard drive, with out buying another one...
    imo, I would go ahead and get a SATA boot drive, and use teh ATA one for storage/data...
    Problem solved...
  15. just read! there is no problem.........
  16. Agreed, $40-$50 for an 80GB drive is a no brainer
  17. Thanks meljor, it's exactly the answer I was seeking. Even the motherboard was on my wishlist. I'll stop on GA-965P-DS3 though.

    I do intend to buy another HDD rather than an adapter, as soon as I have the money. The problem was how will I boot up in the mean time, and thanks everyone for your solutions.

    PS: I do hate Intel for forgeting about PATA, but I don't hate them enough to give up on Core 2 Duo.
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    All in all, I'm surprised any manufactures are having trouble implementing such a mature technology. I mean it's like a businessman having trouble tying his shoes for crying out loud! :roll:

    -The String


    I agree whole heartedly. There is no excuse to abandon PATA so soon, and make it the red headed stepchild of the computing industry.
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    I bought a IDE HDD last year and I'm upgrading all my system the next week. I found out that the IDE on P965 motherboards is supported by the JMicron controller chip that has various problems. It also needs a driver to be installed. And here comes the question: will I be able to boot from that HDD? I hope I won't need to buy another one...
    On the other hand, is there any other alternative, like a motherboard with nForce 650i chipset ? Or it's a JMicron controller chip on those too?


    Most of the p965 that use JMicron are selling with a new chip revision. If you get the latest from asus or gigabyte you'll have no problem.
  20. It's about time.
  21. Quote:
    I bought a IDE HDD last year and I'm upgrading all my system the next week. I found out that the IDE on P965 motherboards is supported by the JMicron controller chip that has various problems. It also needs a driver to be installed. And here comes the question: will I be able to boot from that HDD? I hope I won't need to buy another one...
    On the other hand, is there any other alternative, like a motherboard with nForce 650i chipset ? Or it's a JMicron controller chip on those too?


    Most of the p965 that use JMicron are selling with a new chip revision. If you get the latest from asus or gigabyte you'll have no problem.

    Second that. The J-Micron problems with my board were fixed months ago with a BIOS Rev.
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