So I recently installed a Silicon Image 0680A PCI IDE controller card in my old computer and it mostly seems to work fine. The trouble is, when I have all my IDE channels occupied on the motherboard (Asus P4P800SE), and my eSATA external hard drive plugged in, the computer gets stuck in an endless reboot cycle.
The following scenarios cause the computer to boot normally again:
- If I unplug everything from the SiI controller card, and plug in the external HDD as eSATA
- If not all the IDE channels on the motherboard are occupied, and plug in the external HDD as eSATA
- If I plug everything in, and plug the external HDD as USB instead of eSATA
Currently, I’m using scenario number 3. So, this is basically only an annoyance at this point that I have to use USB instead of eSATA for that particular computer as the eSATA functions proper on other machines. Just wondering if anyone had any ideas to get this running more smoothly.