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Thread: Anyone gotten an SSD working on the G4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnk View Post
    After a while I may sell my G4. Too much other stuff to think about right now though.
    If you do, send me a PM. I still need parts to get mine to work, I guess a working G4 would do too. Happy New Year.
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    My Samsung HM080HI (model taken from BIOS) 80GB that comes with Infill G4 just crashed (bad sectors). Samsumg online warranty checker shows to contact OEM so it's probably included by Infill and not by vendor. Specs pull out from Samsung website says it's a SATA hdd. However, BIOS IDE Configuration section only shows Parallel ATA IDE devices and Parallel ATA IDE Controller. Nothing that mentioned SATA. I also recalled opening up before to see what seems like a flat broad cable ide ribbon (I may be wrong or both SATA and PATA look the same).

    My search threw up most references to Infill and SSD are SATA and only one user who claimed his G4 was an IDE version but did not post if he finally got one to try. Of those who had SATA, some were clear their BIOS could not detect the SSD while some wasn't clear if it's not detected in Windows or while installing Windows.

    2 got it working by installing VIA CX700 SATA Drivers. Of the 2, 1 was specific it was VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver (above post).

    http://carpcforum.de/community/carpc...?topic_id=4276

    I'm not sure if VIA V-RAID Driver from the same section is also needed.

    I'm also wondering if it's as simple as extracting the drivers to a flash drive when booting up (though not as boot device) and when windows installation is loading the initial files press F6 when prompted to install additional driver from the stored drivers in the flash.

    I'm deciding whether to replace the HDD with an SSD or replace the entire car pc with iPad.

    But first I wondering if anyone can tell from the above description if mine's a SATA or PATA and which SSD works. However, don't tell me it's a PITA cos I already knew that having opened it up once before.

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    It seems that you have SATA, because your Samsung HM080HI is a SATA drive. Also my bios didn't have any word about SATA. I think that Infill use some strange SATA-PATA interface which is not standard. I can tell you that it's not easy to install SSD drive in Infill. I first get it working as I mentioned above, and after a while some blue screens... ended up to make my own XP version with XPlite where those VIA drivers are already with everything else needed for G4. I got it working, but those blue screens happened again (worked fine couple of months). Then I installed some old SATA drive and no more problems.
    And actually there is only 1 man who got it working... In that other forum I have different username .
    Seller said that Infill should work with any SSD, but I have so much problems with SSD:s that I really suggest that you buy some SATA drive, and install it. Of course I might be wrong and there is some SSD drive that works fine with Infill.
    Actually my Infill is now dead because I got "green hour glass problem" and it won't start anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    Actually my Infill is now dead because I got "green hour glass problem" and it won't start anymore.
    Arghhh, I know that pain. After several months I finally got my G4 revived (reapaired) and I am installing it this afternoon. It will be nice to have it back up and running again, this stock stereo with a TomTom has gotten rather old...
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    @thoth, mind sharing what is the other forum?

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    Not sure if this is of any help for those with Intel X25

    http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/sh....php?t=2782263

    I'm looking at Intel X25-V 40GB Value SSD for its price. Wonder if it will be compatible.

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    @carz The other forum I meant was the carpc forum that you mentioned before. Sorry if I express myself somehow strange because I'm from Finland and my English can be little rusty.
    OK I tell you the whole story and things that I tried.
    The OCZ drive that I first tried did sometimes show itself in bios and sometimes not. I think I didn't use AHCI because OCZ SSD drive didn't officially support it.
    I spend hours when changing SSD:s partition alignment, block sizes and all the other things that I thought could help. I done everything that I could with OCZ drive with no luck. Samsung seemed to work little better, because bios recognized it better. With Samsung SSD (SLC) I done those same things again with no luck.
    But then I got it working when I installed those sata drivers and cloned the content to SSD. It worked couple of weeks, then got BSOD. I thought I done something wrong and then I embed those drivers with XPlite and did fresh install. It worked fine some time untill same thing happened again.
    So at the end I changed SSD to old SATA and that worked fine over a year until this green hour glass problem.
    If you still end up to buy SSD drive and get it working, it would be nice to know the lucky brand. The SSD tecnology might develop and there is no more compatibility problems .

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    Thanks thoth, you've been very helpful. Sounds crazy to try after what you've already gone through but I might just be crazy enough to have a go. Hope I get lucky.

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