JMicron - No any drive found

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Dan_Sundin
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Re: JMicron - No any drive found
In reply to Annie36502, Apr 16, 2010

Since your question was specific to the Gateway FX6800-01 ... I'll try to tell you what is happening with that specific configuration:

First of all, that message only relates to the eSATA interface(s) that are available on the rear of the computer chassis. There are two ports available for use. For a diagram and photo of this, refer to the user documentation that was provided with the computer when purchased, or that is available within the actual computer's help screens, as provided by Gateway. The same user documentation can be found at the Gateway.com Support website.

These two interface connectors are "External SATA". This means that you would need to have an " eSATA cable ", which comes out of the eSata docking station, or external drive housing, both of these devices require an external power source for them to operate the Hard Disk Drive.

On Boot up of the PC, there are three screens, which will always appear. The first one is the Gateway Banner, which has an for Boot Menu, and for BIOS Settings. If you don't reply to this initial post screen, it will continue on with the Boot Agent for PXE boot, typically from the LAN (PXE means Preboot eXecution Environment). If you don't ever do that, turn it off, by disabling the option, by using the Ctrl+S to enter the Setup Menu. The standard wait for this options is 2 seconds (so save that time every boot up sequence by disabling the feature).

Now, we get to the point in the Boot up that the tread is requesting information on.

JMicron Technology is controlling just the PCIE-to-SATAII devices, based upon the features provided for by this computer's motherboard. Please note, that it is manufactured specifically by/for Gateway. There isn't any detailed documentation provided by anyone, including Gateway. Many people has searched long and hard, using the Internet, and they have asked Gateway to provide this level of detailed documentation, typically provided by all motherboad manufactures, along with system integrators, such as HP, Dell, IBM, and so on. If you ask each of those companies, eventually, they will provide the specific manual for each of their PCs.

Either Gateway never created one, documented one, or felt that end-users would need such a thing. Well, we do ! ... Case in point is this very sequence of instructions and how-to / how-does-it-really work Q&A.

Getting back on topic:

If you have an operational External SATA drive powered on, and plugged into one of the two eSATA ports (both can be used at the same time), this BIOS post screen will occur ...

-- hide signature --

JMicron Technology Corp. PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE RAID Controller BIOSv1.06.65
Copyright (C) 2005 JMicron Technology. http://www.jmicron.com

HDD0: [ your drives hardware name and model ----- then size in GB is shown ]

Press any key to continue . . .
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You don't need to reply, because this last prompt is on a timer and will continue on its own.

If you don't have anything plugged in to the eSATA interfaces ( that is operational and working ), then you will be given a prompt of ...

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Detecting drives, please wait . . . \ | / -- (the spinning asterisk like thing)

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This action twirler text based icon will continue to spin for 30 seconds, and if the eSATA devices are not found, the boot-up process will mark the devices as being unavailable and go on.

Please understand that the motherboard doesn't have any IDE interfaces, therefore the JMicron RAID controller functions done apply.

Please refer to the RAID configuration documentation provided by Gateway in their user manual. You can also find information at http://www.jmicron.com

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You can use these eSATA ports as hot-pluggable devices. You need to follow specific procedures for mounting and un-mounting them, in order not to lose data. This is kind of like the USB Eject process.

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You can boot off of your eSATA device, but you would need to select is specifically. The standard boot sequence is the following:

SATA0 / AHCI Port1 is first ( Internal drive bay )
SATA1 / AHCI Port2 is second ( Internal drive bay )

SATA2 / AHCI Port3 is third ( tool less-access, removable drive bay in front, top )

SATA3 / AHCI Port4 is fourth (tool less-access, removable drive bay in front, bottom)

SATA4 / AHCI Port5 is fifth ( Internal Optical drive, top DVD/CD drive behind cover)

SATA5 / AHCI Port6 is sixth ( Optional Internal Optical drive, bottom DVD/CD drive behind cover)

This is the desired sequence, but you may need to check to see how the actual cables were installed, and many times it isn't in this desired sequence. So you may need to open up the covers, trace the cables down and replug then to get the desired effect.

The SATA interface is from looking directly into each of the interface connections:

Left-to-Right, Top-to-Bottom:

SATA4 || SATA2 || SATA0
SATA5 || SATA3 || SATA1

You can change the boot-up sequence in the BIOS screen to give you a sequence that you prefer, such as-- Try booting from the Optical Drive, then Hard Drive.

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I how this has helped to describe the operation of the eSATA interfaces and JMicron PCIE-SATAII RAID Controller feature.

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