Dell Insprion 620/Vostro 260 NO Bios Setting for AHCI
Interestingly I could not even update the bios without the INTEL Management Drivers.
Checking in the Device manager the machine is using the ATA drivers not the AHCI drivers
AND the INTEL RST drivers will not install.
Why is that?
I did try updating to Bios version A04 but this made no difference.
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I did some research and found out that the chipset in this system, the H61, simply doesn't support AHCI or RAID. There's no way to enable either for a reason. :(
Wish I had known this. The value of this system just really went down the tube if you intend to throw an SSD in there.
Never even thought of that.
Dell Inspiron 620
Dell Inspiron 620s
is wrong because it says:
Intel(R) H61 Express Chipset Family LPC Interface Controller - 1C5C
Great Thanxs for all of you!
Especially for ErwanLeBihan, PippoX0 and Slikkster!!!
I got AHCI running on a "Inspiron 620 (Mid 2011)" and Win7 64Bit, and it works perfect up to now!
I’m patched myself the latest original Dell Bios, which comes as a download named "MS-A10.exe"
I want to give a short wrap up of this huge thread, with the information which was useful for me and took me a while to get it. Also the verification for Bios version A10. All information is already spreaded in this thread. So if you don’t understand any step, you have to read the whole thread.
The patch is no real functional change. It just makes "hidden menus" accessible in the standard bios menu of your PC. The menu is obviously deactivated by Dell, because they presumably do not want to guarantee that it works a 100%. It was probably not tested when they put this PC model on the market in 2011.
To compare your changes you can download my patched Bios:
If you use this file the risk is up to you!!!
By, and another Thanks to the guys who figured out this!
The manual shows AHCI enabled by default. "SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)"
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
The manual shows AHCI enabled by default. "SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)"
Ok I found it listed Under system configuration in the manual. This option DOES NOT EXIST in an actual Inspiron 620 F2 CMOS MENU.
The bios is FORCED TO ATAPI By Default AND Has no RAID OR AHCI modes under ADVANCED, SYSTEM CONFIGURATION.
The Drivers in device manager are the ATAPI aka non AHCI drivers.
My SSD Firmware LIVE Linux Update CD also says the drives are in ATA not AHCI mode. (This means its BIOS not Registry or Driver)
Microsoft AHCI.SYS is not loading or installing nor is the INTEL RST driver.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports the following Intel® chipsets. But Refuses to Auto or Manual Install on a 620.
Before You Begin
Card Retention Bracket
PCI Express Cards
Front I/O Panel
Flashing the BIOS
Displays the system name
Displays the BIOS version number
Displays the build date in mm/dd/yyyy format
Displays the current date in mm/dd/yyyy format
Displays the current time in hh:mm:ss format
Displays the service tag of the computer when the service tag is present
Displays a field to input the service tag manually when the service tag is absent
Displays the asset tag of the computer when the asset tag is present
Displays the processor type
Displays the L2 cache size
Displays the L3 cache size
Indicates the amount of memory installed in MB
Indicates the memory speed in MHz
Indicates the type of installed memory
Indicates single channel or dual channel mode
Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 0 connector
Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 1 connector
Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 2 connector
Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 3 connector
Unlock Setup Status
Displays the setup status
Admin Password Status
Displays the admin password status
System Password Status
Displays the system password status
Allows to set, change, or delete the administrator password
NOTE: Deleting the administrator password will delete the system password. Hence, the administrator password must be set before setting the system password.
Allows to set, change, or delete the system password
Boot Menu Security
Enabled or DisabledUser must enter Admin Password to access the F12 Boot Menu when this setting is enabled (Disabled by default)
HDD Protection Feature
Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
1st Boot Priority
Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (Hard Disk by default)
2nd Boot Priority
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (CD/DVD Drive by default)
3rd Boot Priority
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB Floppy by default)
4th Boot Priority
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (Network by default)
5th Boot Priority
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB Hard Disk by default)
6th Boot Priority
Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB CD/DVD by default)
Provides options to Save Changes and Reset, Discard Changes and Reset, and Load Defaults
I'm kind of not surprised. Yet another reason to avoid the Inspiron desktop models.
I also ran into this issue. Dell please fix this in the BIOS! One, the documentation says the default is AHCI, but in reality the default is ATA. Second, this setting is not configurable by the user. C'mon this is basic stuff here....
I also ran into this issue. Dell please fix this in the BIOS! Bios Upgrade is needed ! AHCI is very important for Windows7 OS . Speed improvement on HDD when SATA AHCI is enabled !!!
I recently purchased a 620MT and having the same problem - not able to turn AHCI on and not getting the performance expected. I have an SSD I want to use but don't get anywhere near the performance AHCI would give. - I have tried it.
Has anyone got a workaround for this? Is there a better motherboard that would fit straight in, or would I be able to add a PCI-E card, attach the SSD to that card and boot from there? I'd even be happy to buy a decent motherboard if it'll fit in the case.
Dell need to address this for us, using a motherboard without AHCI these days is crazy. I wouldn't have bought the machine if I knew about this issue.
Very dissapointed in DELL.
Yes, Dell, please fix this problem!!
There is a PCI-E card that you can boot from. Apricorn Velocity Solo Storage controller.
SKU 587550Mfr Part #:VEL-SOLOUPC: 708326913027
The Velocity Solo is an industry standard PCIe 2.0 card designed to add a 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) via a SATA III connection.
NOTE: Solid State Drive sold separately.
Apricorn Velocity Solo Solid State Drive (SSD) Upgrade Kit for Desktop Computers
In fact, the H61 chipset is perfectly capable of doing AHCI. It's a Dell Decision to put the H61 chipset in IDE Compatible Mode.
Here's how you can enable it:
- grab the latest bios. (.exe) from dell support.
- launch the .exe and do not close the flash windows app. Grab all the file from the %TEMP%\randomname subfolder
- Get AmiBcp tool.
- Load MS-Axx.bin from within AmiBCP. Modify the entry to make the SATA menu available (change from default to USER)
You can grab the result for free here:
Can you post some pics to prove new function of unlocked AHCI .... ?I downloaded A04 Bios for Inspiron 620S and i patched it,as you have suggested, but i want to be sure that it doesn't brick my pc, before to flash itThanxPippoX0
In fact, All I can say is that the version i've uploaded at dl.free.fr is working on the Vostro 260.
I think it's the same mainboard as the inspiron620, as the inspiron 620 string is also in the bios file.
You get AHCI for sure: Windows Detects the SATA controler as an Intel ICH SATA AHCI controler.
MSAHCI service is enabled during setup.
(BTW, if you make this mod on an existing windows install, don't forget to enable MSAHCI service (Start 3=>0) before as it will be needed by Windows to boot, or you will get a usual BSOD (unmountable boot volume).
Ok, i have patched A04 Bios for DELL Inspiron 620S and i get AHCI option enabled ...
Now the harder part, i'm looking for AHCI driver for windows XP ...
Original A04 Bios http://dell.to/HTcVvX
Patched one here http://www.sendspace.com/file/je91vr
For AHCI Driver: Simple: Either use an XP SP2/SP3 CD Disk or use (F6) the intel ICH10 SATA AHCI Driver.
Then, install Intel RST.
BTW, you can also enable Multi Graphics IGD in the bios....It works !