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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?

Crying

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.

  • Doh!

    Never even thought of that.

    Dell Inspiron 620

    Dell Inspiron 620s

    However

    System Setup

    is wrong because it says:

    System Configuration

    • Onboard Audio Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Boot ROM — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)   
    • This Explains why its in ATA Mode and it cannot be changed.
    • USB Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • USB Storage Boot Function — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Card Reader — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Serial Port — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Serial Port IO Address/IRQ — 3F8h/IRQ4; 2F8h/IRQ3; 3E8h/IRQ4; 2E8h/IRQ3 (3F8h/IRQ4 by default)

    Intel(R) H61 Express Chipset Family LPC Interface Controller - 1C5C

    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&SUBSYS_04ED1028&REV_05
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&SUBSYS_04ED1028
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&CC_060100
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&CC_0601

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  • The manual shows AHCI enabled by default. "SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)"

  • osprey4

    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.

    WHY?    Crying

    The bios is FORCED TO ATAPI By Default AND Has no RAID OR AHCI modes under ADVANCED, SYSTEM CONFIGURATION.

    System Configuration

    • Onboard Audio Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Boot ROM — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default) THIS IS NOT IN THE F2 CMOS Menu
    • USB Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • USB Storage Boot Function — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Card Reader — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Serial Port — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Serial Port IO Address/IRQ — 3F8h/IRQ4; 2F8h/IRQ3; 3E8h/IRQ4; 2E8h/IRQ3 (3F8h/IRQ4 by default)

    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.

    Desktop chipsets:

    • Intel® 7 Series Chipsets
    • Intel® 6 Series Chipsets
    • Intel® 5 Series Chipsets
    • Intel® 4 Series Chipsets
    • Intel® 3 Series Express Chipset family
    • Intel® 965 Express Chipset family
    • Intel® 975X Express Chipset
    • Intel® 955X Express Chipset
    • Intel® 945 Express Chipset family
    It will not install on the 620 because the BIOS is set for ATAPI not AHCI.
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-620/pd

    insp620620s

    System Setup Options

     NOTE: Depending on your computer and installed devices, the items listed in this section may appear, or may not appear exactly as listed.

    Main

    System Information

    Displays the system name

    BIOS Version

    Displays the BIOS version number

    Build Date

    Displays the build date in mm/dd/yyyy format

    System Date

    Displays the current date in mm/dd/yyyy format

    System Time

    Displays the current time in hh:mm:ss format

    Service Tag

    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

    Asset Tag

    Displays the asset tag of the computer when the asset tag is present

    Processor Information

    Processor Type

    Displays the processor type

    L2 Cache

    Displays the L2 cache size

    L3 Cache

    Displays the L3 cache size

    Memory Information

    Memory Installed

    Indicates the amount of memory installed in MB

    Memory Speed

    Indicates the memory speed in MHz

    Memory Technology

    Indicates the type of installed memory

    Memory Channel

    Indicates single channel or dual channel mode

    Device Information

    SATA 0

    Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 0 connector

    SATA 1

    Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 1 connector

    SATA 2

    Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 2 connector

    SATA 3

    Displays the SATA drive connected to the SATA 3 connector

    Advanced

    CPU Configuration

    • Hyper-threading — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Active Processor Cores — All; 1; 2; 3 (All by default)
    • Limit CPUID Value — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • CPU XD Support — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Intel Virtualization Technology — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Intel SpeedStep — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • CPU C6 Report — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)

    Graphics Configuration

    • Intel Multiple Monitor Feature — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)

    System Configuration

    • Onboard Audio Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Boot ROM — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)
    • USB Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • USB Storage Boot Function — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Card Reader — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Serial Port — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Serial Port IO Address/IRQ — 3F8h/IRQ4; 2F8h/IRQ3; 3E8h/IRQ4; 2E8h/IRQ3 (3F8h/IRQ4 by default)

    Power Management

    • USB Powershare in Sleep State — Normal; Enhanced (Normal by default)
    • Resume by PS/2 Devices — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Auto Power On — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • Auto Power On Date — 0 to 31, 0 for everyday (15 by default)
    • Auto Power On Hour — 0 to 23 (12 by default)
    • Auto Power On Minute — 0 to 59 (30 by default)
    • Auto Power On Second — 0 to 59 (30 by default)

    Post Behavior

    • Bootup NumLock State — On; Off (On by default)
    • Keyboard Error Report — Enabled; Disabled (Enabled by default)

    Security

     

    Unlock Setup Status

    Displays the setup status

    Admin Password Status

    Displays the admin password status

    System Password Status

    Displays the system password status

    Admin Password

    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.

    System Password

    Allows to set, change, or delete the system password

    Boot Menu Security

    Enabled or Disabled
    User 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)

    Boot

    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

    Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices

    Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (CD/DVD Drive by default)

    3rd Boot Priority

    Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices

    Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB Floppy by default)

    4th Boot Priority

    Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices

    Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (Network by default)

    5th Boot Priority

    Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices

    Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB Hard Disk by default)

    6th Boot Priority

    Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices

    Hard Disk; CD/DVD; Network; USB Floppy; USB Hard Disk; USB CD/DVD; Disabled (USB CD/DVD by default)

    Exit

     

    Exit options

    Provides options to Save Changes and Reset, Discard Changes and Reset, and Load Defaults


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  • 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 !!!

  • Hi All.

    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.

    Microcenter

    SKU     587550
    Mfr Part #:VEL-SOLO
    UPC: 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
    Apricorn Velocity Solo Solid State Drive (SSD) Upgrade Kit for Desktop Computers

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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.

  • Doh!

    Never even thought of that.

    Dell Inspiron 620

    Dell Inspiron 620s

    However

    System Setup

    is wrong because it says:

    System Configuration

    • Onboard Audio Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard LAN Boot ROM — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)
    • SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)   
    • This Explains why its in ATA Mode and it cannot be changed.
    • USB Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • USB Storage Boot Function — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Card Reader — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Onboard Serial Port — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
    • Serial Port IO Address/IRQ — 3F8h/IRQ4; 2F8h/IRQ3; 3E8h/IRQ4; 2E8h/IRQ3 (3F8h/IRQ4 by default)

    Intel(R) H61 Express Chipset Family LPC Interface Controller - 1C5C

    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&SUBSYS_04ED1028&REV_05
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&SUBSYS_04ED1028
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&CC_060100
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C5C&CC_0601

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  • Hi.

    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)

    - Flash.

    - Enjoy.

     

    You can grab the result for free here:

    http://dl.free.fr/hDH53VRby

     

    Regards

     

  • Hi ErwanLeBihan,

    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 it

    Thanx

    PippoX0

  • 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 !