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February 25, 2012 2:05:31 PM

Hello,

I recently purchased an Orico PCI-E SATA III expansion card (PAS3062-2S). I installed the card on a Windows 7 x64 machine, with an ASRock Z68M/USB3 motherboard.

I could install the card no problem, everything worked fine – I could reboot my computer, after driver install, no problem.

Then, I connected a hard drive. Restarted my computer, and it would not boot. The BIOS passes with no problem, but windows will not boot.

Disconnect the drive, and the computer will boot.

It is not a problem with the drive, as it works in one of the SATA ports on the motherboard. Seems whenever I connect any drive to the PAS3062-2S it does not allow the computer to boot.

Why? I honestly have no idea what is causing the problem. Seems to be some kind of conflict, but I can’t get Windows to boot to resolve it…and in all honesty, I have no idea how to resolve it.

Thanks in advance for your help.....
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February 25, 2012 2:13:22 PM

Is the card set to a higher boot priority in your bios? It may be trying to boot from the drive you connected to the addon card rather then the drive you've got Windows installed on.
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February 25, 2012 3:17:49 PM

Try going into the boot sequence in the bios and making sure that when a hard drive is connected to the card that the drive with the OS on it is listed first. Since it is a raid card it may be overriding the boot sequence so that the raid setup is booted first , even though you don't have a raid setup the cards software is designed to recognize whem a hdd is connected to then override the boot sequence.
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February 26, 2012 11:08:29 AM

Hi, thanks everyone.

Update - I disabled the attached drive from the boot list (through the bios) and still no go. I made sure the OS drive is at the top of the list, and still no go. By the way, the OS drive is connected to SATA port 0 on the MB.

The card seems to be working correctly. When I first power-up the PC, a screen appears for the controller and reports that it has detected drive xyz attached. It then goes to the bios and then tries to boot windows; and then I see the attached screen shot. Windows just sits there and never actually boots. In all attempts, Windows freezes at exactly the same location.

I honestly have no idea.....

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February 26, 2012 3:46:08 PM

The original purpose of the sata addon card was what , that you needed more sata ports? More sata3 ports? The card that you installed may be set to AHCI mode , what mode do you have the drives set to IDE or AHCI?
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February 26, 2012 9:12:11 PM

inzone said:
The original purpose of the sata addon card was what , that you needed more sata ports? More sata3 ports? The card that you installed may be set to AHCI mode , what mode do you have the drives set to IDE or AHCI?


Yes, I bought this card to add extra ports. I don't care if they are sata2 or 3, I could only buy sata 3.

All of the drives are in ACHI mode.
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