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Elias_Doganis
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missing AHCI sata emulation in Compaq dc7700 SFF bios version 01.16.

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HP Compaq dc7700 Small Form Factor
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Hey guys recently i found my old HP Compaq dc7700 SFF 2007, so i restored it back from the dead,so it started and booted succesfully from my usb with linuxmint in it. so i connected to internet via ethernet cable and checked the whole pdf manual of the dc7700 sff. fairly norman to say. Restarted it and tried to change the sata emulation to AHCI...well its missing from the bios, the only available modes is IDE and RAID.....I dont know why its missing (maybe it doesnt support it *intel page for the ICH8 says he support AHCI ) but the pdf of the dc7700 sff says its available thru bios sata emulationahci.JPGahci2.JPG.

 

Any help with that?

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Hi:

 

Our office had a few dc7700's and none of them had the AHCI setting in the BIOS.

 

I currently have a dc7800 and it only had RAID and IDE settings in the BIOS until HP's last BIOS update which added the AHCI setting.

 

I didn't even know about it until I read another forum member's post because the release notes in the BIOS update made no mention of adding an AHCI drive controller setting.

 

So...if your PC has no AHCI setting, and the latest BIOS update for the dc7700 doesn't add such a setting, then make sure you have the drive controller set to RAID.

 

RAID performs the same as AHCI and supports native command queuing.

 

IDE is the lowest performing drive controller setting, so definitely don't have it set to IDE.

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Hi:

 

Our office had a few dc7700's and none of them had the AHCI setting in the BIOS.

 

I currently have a dc7800 and it only had RAID and IDE settings in the BIOS until HP's last BIOS update which added the AHCI setting.

 

I didn't even know about it until I read another forum member's post because the release notes in the BIOS update made no mention of adding an AHCI drive controller setting.

 

So...if your PC has no AHCI setting, and the latest BIOS update for the dc7700 doesn't add such a setting, then make sure you have the drive controller set to RAID.

 

RAID performs the same as AHCI and supports native command queuing.

 

IDE is the lowest performing drive controller setting, so definitely don't have it set to IDE.

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Maybe AHCI is for another DC7700 model (even tho was in dc7700 sff non-Vpro manual), That will do....Tried installing in both RAID and IDE ,IDE for some reason was faster [ Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 1.80GHz, Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset Family iGPU , OEM windows 7 home premium x64 on TOSHIBA MK1032GSX ATA Device 5400 RPM (SATA)].........

 

Still though,thanks man for the help.

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You're very welcome.

 

I am very surprised that your PC runs better in IDE mode.

 

I have always found the opposite to be true.

 

If that's the case, I doubt that AHCI would have been faster then,

 

Here is a discussion where someone wanted to enable AHCI in the BIOS and the benchmark tests he ran proved that RAID was just as good.

 

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebooks-Archive-Read-Only/How-to-enable-AHCI-for-HP-ENVY-TouchSmart-...

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