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Have GA-P35-DS3L in AHCI mode. SATA ports needed


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Hi

 

OK, I followed largely the advice in this thread and installed Kalyway 10.5.1, which has now been upgraded to 10.5.2. Everything is working great, but I need more SATA ports. My DVD drive is SATA, and so is my boot drive. Although the BIOS recognizes an extra drive, it doesn't show in OSX. I have several drives and would like to load them in my case. Is there a solution for this that anyone is aware of? Can I just buy a SATA PCI card? If so, what kind?

 

Thanks in advance...

 

Pandar

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Hi

 

Thanks for the answer, but as you stated in your guide, more than about 3.5 gigs of ram can't be used unless AHCI is enabled. This may be a non-issue for some, for not for me. I use Logic Pro, and large amounts of RAM are very helpful. I will probably move to 8 GB once I get a SATA card that will give me extra ports. If I can't make that happen, I will get a different board and rebuild. I'll post in the thread if I do find the answer. I guess no one in this thread has this answer. I actually ordered a 2 port sata card. I found OSX drivers for it, and hopefully it will work.

 

Thanks again for all your hard work!

 

Pandar

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I dont believe 8gb of ram has an issue without AHCI. It is only over 3.5gb of ram with 4gb installed. It can use all 8gb if installed (maybe sligthly less ~7.5..) i dont really know if there is an issue with Kernel panics and 8gb of ram.. but i know you can use atleast most of it.

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I dont believe 8gb of ram has an issue without AHCI. It is only over 3.5gb of ram with 4gb installed. It can use all 8gb if installed (maybe sligthly less ~7.5..) i dont really know if there is an issue with Kernel panics and 8gb of ram.. but i know you can use atleast most of it.

 

Interesting...I just got a DS3L and I guess I'll get 8GB of ram now :) ...curious that it can use 8GB without crashing but 4gb fouls it up.

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