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StarTech 2 Port Mini PCIe to 2 Sata II no recognized - 08-17-2012, 12:10 AM
Hey, I've been using my mini9 as a low power server and bought one of these.. Newegg.com - StarTech 2 Port Mini PCI Express Internal SATA II Controller Card Model MPEXSATA22I
to add 2 sata harddrive to my mini9. It has a Sil-3132 chip in it which is known to have issues with some Optiplex computers, they used to not be recognized by the bios. I believe Dell issued a fix for some of the Optiplex bios' and the chips are not recognized.
I installed the card into my mini9's wlan slot but it is not being recognized by the bios. I first tried on A06 then updated to A07 relizing there was a newer bios out. I am guessing older bios wont work but am willing to try A04/A05 if anyone still has a dos/windows version for me to flash.
I am not sure what to do from here. I am no longer under any warranty so I don't think I can call/email Dell. I also tried commenting of their community forum but couldn't get a community account setup (some bug with their website). I do have my dell.com account and service tag so I might be able to email someone, just not sure who (and if their really willing to create a new bios to fix my fringe situation)
I bought the card from Amazon so I should be able to return it for my $46 but I'd like to spend a few days seeing if I can get it working before returning it.
Hope to resolve this soon cause I don't want to have wasted $46. Thanks for any help
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