Yeah, I know the 8211F can be used on the 8212F (after reading about it in the IDE thread), but since I couldn't even identify the Flash chip nor have Windows install them properly, I just returned those 8212F cards.
IIRC, the ITE RAID card had a configuration menu after POST to indicate whether the controller card would be used in RAID or ATAPI. I tried to force ATAPI, but for some reason, it wouldn't store the value. The non-RAID card just never worked; it just killed the O/S.
Also, since I have a nVidia-based motherboard (250Gb), nVidia's RAID-detect tries to accommodate the controller card, even though RAID is disabled in the BIOS. But after POST and before the controller card recognition, the nVidia RAID detection is at work. This only went away when the controller card was uninstalled. The Silicon Image that I'm using now has had no problems with initialization and operation, and it is flashable to the latest BIOS, which it had already.