SATA to IDE converter

I just purchased a new Lite On LH-20A1L06C DVD burner and I need a converter from my old IDE 40 pin connector and power connector to SATA. I have called and e-mailed tech support at Lite On and they just tell me the obvious, that I need one. :doh:

I have looked at these:
http://www.adaptergear.com/productdetails1.cfm?sku=SATA-MM-A1&cats=
http://tinyurl.com/38olkn
http://www.firewire-1394.com/serial-ata-ide-converter.htm
http://www.xpcgear.com/cbis100.html
http://tinyurl.com/3a62a4

Naturally I want the top speed unit. I mostly see ones that are for hard drives. Will they work too? I currently have an Alienware Roswell computer that’s about 5 years old using XP pro. I would appreciate any help here. Thanks.
Jack

Hi and Welcome!

since it is not sure if one of these adapters will work without problems if used with a DVD writer, I’d consider buying a PCI SATA controller card with Silicon Image 3112 or 3512 chipset. With the BASE BIOS (no RAID), they are known to support optical drives very well.
And these controller cards aren’t more expensive than those adapters.

Michael

Thanks Michael.
Any suggestions on one or a link to one, and how do they connect to the burner?

Is this one here, and do I now have to buy cables as well?

It looks to me that it might be cheaper to buy an external unit instead and return the Lite On.

Bump.
I’m surprised that no one here has an answer for this. :confused:

Hasn’t anyone here ever bought a new DVD burner with a SATA set up?

Yes, this one as recommended by michael and sata cables aswell.

Thanks.
It looks like this should work as a cable since I need the power hook up:

http://www.cooldrives.com/seatacapoand.html

Actually they gave me a SATA data cable. I guess then I only need the power.

http://www.cooldrives.com/seatasapoca6.html

OK?

What do I need to connect this controler to the motherboard?

This looks like one on the cheap, but the board looks diffferent. The chip is about the same:

[B]http://tinyurl.com/24p22x[/B]

The board is different on Tom’s,

[B]http://tinyurl.com/ynrgn9[/B]

I can’t find anyone that sells the one seen on Tom’s Hardware site. Anyone know where to get one?

[QUOTE=jacrs1;1971677]This looks like one on the cheap, but the board looks diffferent. [/quote]this doesn’t matter since many companies build cards with that chipset.

The chip is about the same:
This is important. 3512 will work also btw. Also, you’ll have to flash the non-RAID firmware in order to get a DVD burner working.

I can’t find anyone that sells the one seen on Tom’s Hardware site. Anyone know where to get one?
The article on THG was written 5 years ago, so don’t expect you can buy exactly the same item today.

Michael

Thanks Michael for all your help!
BTW, how does one flash the non-RAID firmware ? I don’t understand the ‘flash’ terminology.
I found another one with the 3114 chipset. Will that work too?

http://tinyurl.com/27mfky

Hi,[QUOTE=jacrs1;1972008]Thanks Michael for all your help!
BTW, how does one flash the non-RAID firmware ? I don’t understand the ‘flash’ terminology.[/quote]the BIOS or firmware is stored in a chip on the device. Writing a newer version into the device is called “flashing”.

The steps to turn a SiI 3x12 RAID card into a non-RAID card:

[ol][li]Look onto the chip of the card to identify it (3112 or 3512)[/li][li]Get latest BIOS and drivers (both, RAID and non-RAID) for your card chip from Silicon Image website and extract them to a folder on your HDD.[/li][li]Install the card and connect a drive to it[/li][li]Start your computer and watch the boot screen. The card should display a message (if needed, press “Pause” key to have more time to read) RAID cards will show SataRaid in the message, non-RAID card show up as SataLink.[/li][li]Now install the drivers by pointing the hardware assistant to the folder you have put the drivers[/li][li]After successful installation, check device manager. The SATARaid or SATALink controller should show up in the SCSI and RAID controllers section. In case, your card is recognised as [B]SATALink [/B], there is nothing more to do. [/li][li]If it is a [B]SATARaid [/B]card, you have to flash the non-RAID (BASE) BIOS now: [list=a][]Double click to see the properties screen in device manager. There should be a “Flash BIOS” tab present. [/li][li]Now browse for the correct BIOS file (filename starts with b like b4384.bin) and press the “program flash” button.[/li][li]The flashing process will then start after confirmation.[/li][li]Reboot and let Windows install the non-RAID drivers the same way as described above.[/li]
(* there might also be a control panel applet installed, that offers updating the card BIOS, too.)
[/ol][/list]

I found another one with the 3114 chipset. Will that work too?
It should, but I am not totally sure. The BIOS flashing procedure is the same as described above.

Michael

Thanks Michael.
It looks like either the 3112 or 3114 will be OK…according to this guy anyway:

http://forum.videohelp.com/topic343677.html

It looks like I am going to buy this one as it’s the only one I can find that states ‘SATAlink’. It has the 3114 chipset.

http://tinyurl.com/27mfky

It’s $5 cheaper than the exact same one at Amazon.com. I will let you know how it works after I install it.

Jack

[QUOTE=mciahel;1972211]Hi,the BIOS or firmware is stored in a chip on the device. Writing a newer version into the device is called “flashing”.

The steps to turn a SiI 3x12 RAID card into a non-RAID card:

[ol][li]Look onto the chip of the card to identify it (3112 or 3512)
[/li][li]Get latest BIOS and drivers (both, RAID and non-RAID) for your card chip from Silicon Image website and extract them to a folder on your HDD.
[/li][li]Install the card and connect a drive to it
[/li][li]Start your computer and watch the boot screen. The card should display a message (if needed, press “Pause” key to have more time to read) RAID cards will show SataRaid in the message, non-RAID card show up as SataLink.
[/li][li]Now install the drivers by pointing the hardware assistant to the folder you have put the drivers
[/li][li]After successful installation, check device manager. The SATARaid or SATALink controller should show up in the SCSI and RAID controllers section. In case, your card is recognised as [B]SATALink [/B], there is nothing more to do.
[/li][li]If it is a [B]SATARaid [/B]card, you have to flash the non-RAID (BASE) BIOS now: [list=a][]Double click to see the properties screen in device manager. There should be a “Flash BIOS” tab present.
[/li][li]Now browse for the correct BIOS file (filename starts with b like b4384.bin) and press the “program flash” button.
[/li][li]The flashing process will then start after confirmation.
[/li][li]Reboot and let Windows install the non-RAID drivers the same way as described above.
[/li]
(* there might also be a control panel applet installed, that offers updating the card BIOS, too.)
[/ol][/list]
It should, but I am not totally sure. The BIOS flashing procedure is the same as described above.

Michael[/QUOTE]

ok i downloaded the file to my desktop…now what? what is the hardware assistant? this is the file i downloaded? thanks this is very frustrating

SiI3512 BASE, SATARAID, and system BIOS for standard and e-PAD 4.3.84 11/26/2007 182 KB This download includes BASE, SATARAID, and system BIOS. The r####.bin file is the SATARAID BIOS and the b####.bin is the BASE BIOS. The ###.bin is an abbreviated BIOS intended for integration into system BIOS. Do NOT flash system BIOS into an add-in card BIOS. Use the included BASE BIOS with with the latest BASE driver(s). SATARAID BIOS supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10. Use the included SATARAID BIOS with the latest RAID driver(s). Use the included system BIOS with the latest SATARAID Tool: SATARAID Management Utility 1.23 (Java) or 1.0.0.26 (non-Java)

[QUOTE=raymondtrudeau;2127444]what is the hardware assistant? this is the file i downloaded? thanks this is very frustrating[/QUOTE]For this part: basically, when Windows asks you where the drivers for the card are [if it asks], direct the Driver Installation Wizard to their location. :wink:

The rest of the directions should be pretty clear…
For 7a, it means to double-click the entry for the Silicon Image card.

What you added to the end of your post tells you which file is the BASE BIOS, which is the RAID BIOS, and which is the SYSTEM BIOS…and you want to work with the BASE BIOS. :wink:

Posts #10 & 11 ([B][U]This thread [/U][/B]) might help.

adding this:
http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportfaq.aspx#q5
(PDF document with instructions inside)

Also, the “Flash Bios” tab is only present with newer drivers. So, if this tab is missing on a Raid card, install latest Raid drivers at first (using “update drivers” from device manager).

[QUOTE=mciahel;2127449]adding this:
http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportfaq.aspx#q5
(PDF document with instructions inside)

Also, the [B][U]“Flash Bios” tab is only present with newer drivers[/U][/B]. So, if this tab is missing on a Raid card, [B][U]install latest Raid drivers [/U][/B]at first (using “update drivers” from device manager).[/QUOTE]

This doesn’t appear to be always true.
This card has a slightly shorter pin area, (though still PCI) forcing a different pin configuration.
Unless it is 64 bit related.

Using supposedly latest drivers via update (online) feature.

Trying to update this card via DOS, doesn’t work either.
Well it might except it lists over 20 different chip references.
All of which seem to have nothing to do with Silicon Image.
I have come to the conclusion this variant acts like an on board controller. Despite being an addon.

QUOTE:
[I]Originally Posted by mciahel
Hi,the BIOS or firmware is stored in a chip on the device. Writing a newer version into the device is called “flashing”.

The steps to turn a SiI 3x12 RAID card into a non-RAID card:
Look onto the chip of the card to identify it (3112 or 3512)
Get latest BIOS and drivers (both, RAID and non-RAID) for your card chip from Silicon Image website and extract them to a folder on your HDD.
Install the card and connect a drive to it
Start your computer and watch the boot screen. The card should display a message (if needed, press “Pause” key to have more time to read) RAID cards will show SataRaid in the message, non-RAID card show up as SataLink.
Now install the drivers by pointing the hardware assistant to the folder you have put the drivers
After successful installation, check device manager. The SATARaid or SATALink controller should show up in the SCSI and RAID controllers section. In case, your card is recognised as SATALink , there is nothing more to do.
If it is a SATARaid card, you have to flash the non-RAID (BASE) BIOS now:
Double click to see the properties screen in device manager*. There should be a “Flash BIOS” tab present.
Now browse for the correct BIOS file (filename starts with b like b4384.bin) and press the “program flash” button.
The flashing process will then start after confirmation.
Reboot and let Windows install the non-RAID drivers the same way as described above.

(* there might also be a control panel applet installed, that offers updating the card BIOS, too.)
It should, but I am not totally sure. The BIOS flashing procedure is the same as described above.

Michael[/I]

I GOT A SILICON IMAGE 3114 PCI SATA controller board to use with my samsung sh-s203n (before they updated their fiormware which made it burn correctly with my sata raid controller) and i use vista ultimate 32 bit, when i installed it there was no flash bios tab in the device manager, in fact i could not find away to update the system bios so i could make it a satalink instead of a raid controller, i do not know what it is with vista, but that was my experience, also nothing showed up in the control panel either, i always got a message while booting up to make a raid set (if i used f4 to pause it). so i was left with no choice but to return the board to 3btech and another one to newegg for refunds without refunds for shipping left me out some money, i wish someone would explain what happened in this case, no ability to flash the bios…:a

I can only speak from my experience with both 3x12 and 3114 cards in WXP-32. The BIOS update tab doesn’t show up with my nForce4 motherboard, even with the latest Silicon Image driver. However, when an optical drive was attached to one of the ports, then the update tab would appear. But I’ve always flashed to the Base BIOS through pure DOS via a W98 boot up disc. I currently have a 3114-based card in and all 4 optical drives are recognized correctly with no problems.

OK I’ve moved this to the [I]General Hardware[/I] forum as it no longer is a Newbie topic. :wink: