SATA burners on VIA 8237 or Promise 378...when?

vbimport

#1

Anyone know when VIA or Promise are going to update the bios on their SATA controllers to allow for SATA dvd burner support?

I just bought a Plextor 716SA while unaware of the compatability issues and now I’m stuck with a drive that can only do PIO mode…it’s a big hunk of useless plastic in my computer until the compatability issues are resolved. I know this is the best burner on the market today…but I can’t use it!

I’ve upgraded my bios, all my drivers, firmware on the drive, done everything and to my knowledge neither VIA or Promise have it listed anywhere as a known issue. As far as I know it’s been like this for more than a year now?

On my VIA 8237 (Asus K8V Deluxe) the drive shows up and it works but I can’t even burn anything without high chance of failure because of PIO mode. When I plug it into the promise 378 it won’t even recognize it! If SATA is the future, then why aren’t these companies doing anything to resolve issues? I heard the same thing exists with the older 712SA drive and that one was released a long time ago.

Anyone know of any beta drivers or bios revision that fix this?


#2

Welcome to the forum, beerninja.

It’s a known issue:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/computer/topic/36758-1.html

but the only workaround seems to be either:

-Get a newer Promise SATA controller card
-Swap the PX716SA with an IDE version (if the retailer allows it)

Since the drive is seen (but in PIO mode) it’s not a cabling issue as is sometimes the case. I think SATA was originally intended for hard discs only; even if a 32X DVD burner came out, it would be nowhere close to maxing out the throughput of a SATA channel.

Asus is an excellent mobo manufacturer … what do they say about it?


#3

I guess that’s what I get for only upgrading my computer once every 3 years… I go to buy the newest motherboard at the time (which was the K8V Deluxe) and of course it included technology that wasn’t developed yet. That’s why I don’t want to buy a new motherboard with PCI express because I’m sure it will get revamped completely soon for one reason or another.

It will cost more to buy a new controller than to send the drive back so I suppose I’ll call up Newegg and attempt a return…

I think I learned a lesson from all this…that is to buy mediocre old hardware once every three years instead of new rip-off hardware with unstable technology. :sad:


#4

Actually, the lesson you learned here is to do your research before you buy something. You’re a little slow out of the gate apparently, as this issue has been around for quite a while. The VIA 8237 and other older chipsets will NEVER support optical SATA devices. For more info on the compatibility issues check here:
http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=opticalsata&page=4