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08-11-2012 01:37 AM
System: HP Pavilion dm1-4027sa (AMD processor)
BIOS v: Hewlett-Packard F.02, Tue 11/10/2011 (maybe I should update to F3 but all I see is it improves WAN so....)
Hello to all,
I'm going to purchase a 240GB Corsair Force 3 SSD.
Now we all have seen the option to enable AHCI mode, I won't to do this as with TRIM support etc. *PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER WITH: YOU DON'T NEED AHCI, YOU CAN GO AHEAD*
Problem is, the stupid BIOS is so simplified that there is nothing on there for AHCI mode.
I looked in device manager and it seems it has been set up in RAID, as all I get is: IDE ATA/ATAPI.
Below is device manager showing the controller. Further below is the drivers of the controller:
Unless, the AMD controller supports AHCI I will not purchase my SSD, and forever think why on earth I bought this so called 'entertainment notebook PC'.
Thanks for looking guys and girls,
08-11-2012 08:55 AM
99% of today's HP consumer notebooks do not have BIOS settings to change the storage controller options.
If you want those options, you need to buy an HP business notebook.
The good news is the AHCI is enabled by default on most of today's HP consumer notebooks.
You can tell that your notebook is not configured in RAID mode because you do not have a Storage Controllers category in the device manager.
It kind of stinks that your SATA driver is just labeled as a AMD SATA Controller and not a SATA AHCI Controller as they are when there is an Intel SATA controller installed, but it has to be in AHCI mode with the advanced chipset in your notebook.
08-12-2012 03:01 AM
That is what I'm worried about, the fact that I do not see AHCI shown.
The link above is for AMD Chipset drivers (which includeds AHCI), could I use these chipset drivers for my system (or are these chipset drivers generic for every chipset), or is there a specific chipset drivers for my motherboard, I can't seem to find them though?
Is my chipset newer than a 700 series?
If wanted to install MS controllers, all I would have to do is uninstall the current AMD SATA drivers right, and let Windows install it on its own.
Have users made a good transistion from IDE to SSD on here on their HP Notebooks?
Or is there anything you great people know of to my move to SSD as painless as possible.
I will plan to use benchmarks to see if I'm getting at least acceptable speeds.
Pardon me for posting here but, I have a 32bit Windows 7 HP iso file. I will use this to install Windows on the SSD, could I still use my OEM Windows key to activate my Windows license, as it is the same motherboard but new disk (I will have to call them right?).
08-12-2012 07:08 AM
You're not going to need to install the chipset drivers. They are already included in the W7 install disk.
Your chipset is newer than the AMD 8xx chipset as well.
Your product key will work on a W7 install disk, but I was not aware of any HP Home Premium W7 disks that would work. They are usually part of a recovery disk set and won't work without the whole set.
In case yours doesn't work, then just do this...
If you can read the 25 character Microsoft windows 7 product key, you can download plain Windows 7 ISO files to burn to a DVD for the version of windows that came installed on your PC, and that is listed on the Microsoft COA sticker on your PC's case.
Burn the ISO using the Burn ISO option on your DVD burning program and burn at the slowest possible speed your program will allow. This will create a bootable DVD.
Use the 25 character product key on the PC to activate the installation.
The key will activate either a 32 or 64 bit installation.
Then go to the PC's support and driver page to install the drivers you need.
Link to the W7 ISO file downloads is below.
08-15-2012 05:40 AM
I have been wanting to buy an SSD for my DM1Z with the AMD 450 cpu. I have been reading a lot of posts where people have been having trouble doing this. I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on this, perhaps save me from buying one that will not work or tell me if it will work at all. I do not want to buy something and not be able to use it.
Thank you very much.
08-23-2012 01:05 PM - edited 08-23-2012 01:06 PM
Start a new thread, don't ever do it on other peoples thread as this is not helpful to you as well as others. If you had an answer for my thread for example then go ahead and post but if you are going to ask a question, do so by starting a new thread on the forum.
As for m Samsung 830 256GB I wish I had not bought (THE PERFORMANCE IS VERY NICE) but my cheap crap HP notebook does not deserve my Samsung 830. Maybe a Seagate Momentus XT 256/500GB, at only £50/100. Performs like a SDD at much cheaper price and the capacity is enormous!
As for you SSD, it will work on your laptop - but don't go for if yours is AMD 450, it is cheap crap processor and does not deserve an SSD. Take my advice and save your money by buying a Seagate Momentus XT - £50 for a 256GB HDD that is competitive to a SSD it is a bargain, and a 500GB for £100 (or less)!!!!
SSD works fine on my laptop, no issues, really fast but perfomance is wasted on this cheap HP crap!
Hope I've helped, anymore question ask me dude!