My main desktop PC is a very nice box that Scan built for me a few years ago, and it
generally works great... but being an inveterate tinkerer, I will keep fiddling with it
and trying to pimp it up more.
I installed Windows 8 Pro 64 bit on it in
November (on a new bigger Corsair Neutron GTX SSD SATA3 system drive), and it's working
very nicely for me.
But, I then read that my SATA3 drive will go twice as fast
if I can enable "AHCI" mode in my BIOS instead of "IDE" mode... so I duly go into the BIOS
and change it ... only to find that Windows hangs at the boot screen now. Tsk. (Easy to
roll back, of course ... but now AHCI mode hangs tantalisingly over the horizon, taunting
me with its unreachableness).
The problem appears to be that, unless you
install Windows with AHCI mode switched on in the first place, Windows doesn't load an
AHCI driver at boot time.
You could fix this in Windows 7 with a registry
tweak, but and whilst the Interweb's suggest a slightly renamed key tweak to do the same
in Windows 8, it's not working for me (I notice I'm not the only one on line who find
Getting into the nitty gritty of my motherboard, it's a Gigabyte
GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0) ...
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