HD LED using SATA drive(s)



R. McCarty
07-09-2005, 11:32 PM
Here's one I've not come across before. Recently, I switched from
SCSI to SATA mass storage. The case Hard Drive LED was on
the Adaptec 19160 card. When I made the change over, I put the
cable back on the motherboard staking pins. I noticed that the LED
doesn't illuminate and thought maybe I'd placed it on backwards.
I checked the pinout (+/-) and everything is correct - Could it be
that SATA drives don't trigger the HD LED ?

Yves Leclerc
07-09-2005, 11:32 PM
You may need to place the HD LED onto different pins. You will need to
consult your motherboard manual.


"R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> Here's one I've not come across before. Recently, I switched from
> SCSI to SATA mass storage. The case Hard Drive LED was on
> the Adaptec 19160 card. When I made the change over, I put the
> cable back on the motherboard staking pins. I noticed that the LED
> doesn't illuminate and thought maybe I'd placed it on backwards.
> I checked the pinout (+/-) and everything is correct - Could it be
> that SATA drives don't trigger the HD LED ?
>
>
>

R. McCarty
07-09-2005, 11:32 PM
I crossed checked the manual and the latest online Intel docs for any
updates/corrections. The connector is just a two-pin and I've verified
the LED illuminates by plugging it onto the Power LED staking pins.
Since the original post, I've found two forum sites that just mention in
passing "SATA drives won't illuminate HD LEDs" - but not sure I can
take that as a definitive statement.
If I access my DVD-RW on the PATA channels, the LED fires so
I'm guessing that all is well - except that the SATA channels don't
drive the LED. It's not a critical issue as the tower sits below eye level
- but just strange that these Hitachi SATA drives don't seem to work
with the HD LED. I'd send Intel a support request, but they are as
hard to reach as Symantec and Hewlett-Packard.


"Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
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> You may need to place the HD LED onto different pins. You will need to
> consult your motherboard manual.
>
>
> "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> news:uW$nHOvWFHA.2080@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>> Here's one I've not come across before. Recently, I switched from
>> SCSI to SATA mass storage. The case Hard Drive LED was on
>> the Adaptec 19160 card. When I made the change over, I put the
>> cable back on the motherboard staking pins. I noticed that the LED
>> doesn't illuminate and thought maybe I'd placed it on backwards.
>> I checked the pinout (+/-) and everything is correct - Could it be
>> that SATA drives don't trigger the HD LED ?
>>
>>
>>
>
>

Bob Knowlden
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Maybe.

It's not universal, though. The only HDs on my Asus A8V mainboard are SATA,
and the LED shows activity for them.

Address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.

"R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:uW$nHOvWFHA.2080@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Here's one I've not come across before. Recently, I switched from
> SCSI to SATA mass storage. The case Hard Drive LED was on
> the Adaptec 19160 card. When I made the change over, I put the
> cable back on the motherboard staking pins. I noticed that the LED
> doesn't illuminate and thought maybe I'd placed it on backwards.
> I checked the pinout (+/-) and everything is correct - Could it be
> that SATA drives don't trigger the HD LED ?
>
>
>

V Green
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
"R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> I crossed checked the manual and the latest online Intel docs for any
> updates/corrections. The connector is just a two-pin and I've verified
> the LED illuminates by plugging it onto the Power LED staking pins.
> Since the original post, I've found two forum sites that just mention in
> passing "SATA drives won't illuminate HD LEDs" - but not sure I can
> take that as a definitive statement.
> If I access my DVD-RW on the PATA channels, the LED fires so
> I'm guessing that all is well - except that the SATA channels don't
> drive the LED. It's not a critical issue as the tower sits below eye level
> - but just strange that these Hitachi SATA drives don't seem to work
> with the HD LED. I'd send Intel a support request, but they are as
> hard to reach as Symantec and Hewlett-Packard.

Weird.

Using an ASUS PC-DL with Intel ICH5R SATA silicon,
works OK with SATA drives.

So, it must be possible...

I've gotten around issues like this before, with a HPT 370
RAID controller that refused to light the HD activity LED
with a LS TTL OR gate connected to each individual drive's
LED connector (don't know if they still have them) and the
MB drive activity LED connector, then to the case LED.

>
>
> "Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
> news:e$Eg2NwWFHA.3540@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> > You may need to place the HD LED onto different pins. You will need to
> > consult your motherboard manual.
> >
> >
> > "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> > news:uW$nHOvWFHA.2080@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> >> Here's one I've not come across before. Recently, I switched from
> >> SCSI to SATA mass storage. The case Hard Drive LED was on
> >> the Adaptec 19160 card. When I made the change over, I put the
> >> cable back on the motherboard staking pins. I noticed that the LED
> >> doesn't illuminate and thought maybe I'd placed it on backwards.
> >> I checked the pinout (+/-) and everything is correct - Could it be
> >> that SATA drives don't trigger the HD LED ?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>


HD LED using SATA drive(s)