06-01-2011 03:03 AM
we have some i7 based X220 Notebooks here, equiped with integraded USB3.0 Controller. While we successfully upgraded the smaller variants of the X220 with mSATA SSD Drives from Intel, these aren't recognized in the i7 Configurations.
We tried this with multiple SSD Drives and multiple Notebooks, so I don't think we're talking about faulty units here, this seems to be a general problem. We also tried different bios versions, up to 1.16
Has anybody else made similar experiences ?
My simple assumption is the following: All WWAN Cards which share the same socket are USB based devices, while the mSATA SSD Drives are PCI Express baesd. My first guess is that the PCI Express Lane connected to the mini Express Card socket in the smaller configurations is wired to the USB 3.0 Controller Chip. If this is right, i guess there is no solution to our problem.
Any Input appreciated.
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06-01-2011 07:48 AM
Hi Hibbelharry, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
Interesting. I only have an i7 X220 without mSATA to look at here. Can you compare what you see for the USB 3.0 controller and mSATA in Device Manager>View>Devices by connection on the i7 and i3/i5 types?
06-08-2011 11:05 PM
06-09-2011 12:25 AM - edited 06-09-2011 12:27 AM
I do have a X220 i7 with USB 3.0 and an Intel 310 80GB mSATA that I installed myself. The X220 was purchased in the US, the mSATA was delivered from Germany. I am using AHCI and not the UEFI mode in the BIOS (this was the factory default). The mSATA as well as the USB 3.0 port are both working fine, although I have only tried USB 2.0 devices so far.
06-09-2011 01:06 AM
06-09-2011 06:26 AM
Is it possible to request the guys at NBR to discuss it here so I can escalate this issue to engineering for their feedback on the mSata drives? I went through the NBR Forum last night and some mentioned their i7 is able to detect the mSata drive.
Maybe just post a link there to point them here to discuss this issue at our forum?
Thanks heaps Andrew.
06-09-2011 09:46 AM - edited 06-09-2011 05:27 PM
UPDATE: Yesterday I received my new X220 with a Core-I7 and installed a new Intel 310 80GB mSATA drive from Newegg and the BIOS would not detect the mSATA SSD. I updated to the latest 1.16 BIOS and tried every BIOS setting I could think of and the drive will not appear as a valid BIOS boot drive.
I tried reseting the BIOS to factory defaults multiple times, changed the SATA mode to compatibility and AHCI, disabled and enabled H/T, enabled and disabled every option under "I/O port access", tried different sticks of memory, removed the Wifi card, with and without the 320GB stock drive and the 310 SSD will not appear as a detected device under the "Startup->Boot" area and nothing is excluded from the boot priority. Pressing F12 and bringing up the boot menu will only ever show the spinner drive "ATA HDD0" and PCI LAN and the Diagnostic splash post screen only shows the Fixed Disk spinner drive.
CPU Intel Core I7-2620M
INTEL 310 80GB SSD from NEWEGG
PART# SSDMAEMC080G2C1(on box) SSDMAEMC080G2 (on part sticker)
06-09-2011 10:04 AM - edited 06-09-2011 10:07 AM
I have a 4286 with core i7 and USB 3.0. I installed the the Intel 80GB mSATA drive and it works fine for me. So I wonder about the following things:
1. can you please go to BIOS F1 setup, press F9 to load default settings, and then F10 to save and exit. Does the behavior change?
2. how exactly are you determining that BIOS does not detect it as a valid boot drive? Are you trying F12 boot or something else? Please be specific.
3. if you remove the 2.5" HDD as an experiment, does the behavior change?
4. what is the exact model number of the mSATA SSD as reported on the sticker? I am using SSDMAEMC080G2L with firmware 02M3
06-09-2011 12:10 PM
i have 4286, installed an tested msata drive (the one that comes with the samsung 9 series laptop) and it doesnt get recognized.. tried installing it multiple times and the bios doesnt detect it, i did loaded defaults and same thing...
06-09-2011 02:12 PM
as a note for everyone,
please be as detailed as possible when reporting any issues you're having with mSATA devices. lenovo engineers cannot read minds, tea leaves, or crystal balls to know exactly what you have in your systems. the more info provided upfront, the better. if you don't have the info you need available, please take the time to gather it before posting. quick notes only take longer in the end.
here is a preliminary list of information to provide:
- 4-digit machine type (ie: 4286, 4287, 4289, etc.)
- BIOS revision
- whether or not you see the drive in BIOS > Startup > Boot (checking both the Enabled and Disabled lists)
- tests performed (if any)
- mSATA device manufacturer
- mSATA device model number
- mSATA device firmware revision
- whether the mSATA device was purchased through a reseller or came installed in another system