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|Mac Pro 2 spare/unused SATA Ports - Tips for Bootcamp/Windows XP use|
|This may have come up in the past and I'd forgotten it (don't own a Mac Pro yet) but in reply to a post yesterday on the Pioneer SATA Blu-Ray reader/Superdrive combo drive (w/link to an article last year on Using the 2 extra ports with an External SATA Case Kit) a reader mentioned the spare SATA ports are not usable in Windows XP at least with the standard drivers with Bootcamp. (Most readers have used the ports in OS X although I've not searched drive db reports for anyone that mentioned using Bootcamp/Windows also. BTW - The spare ports are bootable for OS X use, as noted in the article above on ext. drive use - although drives are not shown/usable when booted from Windows with standard drivers.)|
(Update) Here's a reader mail w/tips on using the spare ports with Windows via a replacement chipset driver install and grub bootloader edit:
after finding this thread in the onmac forums I finally was able to get my pioneer sata drive to work under bootcamp.
basically you have to do the following:
- Install Win XP and ubuntu linux with a pata dvd drive in XP, change the ide 2680 driver to the intel ahci driver found here (downloadcenter.intel.com) S5000 Based Server AHCI SATA Storage Driver for Windows.
- Boot into ubuntu and change the stage1 file of the grub bootloader to this:
This keeps the mac pro in ahci mode when booting a foreign OS
Now you can boot windows using the linux partition, this will start grub and keep the mac pro in the correct mode
I also installed Refit to make things a little easier but as far as i know using Alt key when booting should work too.
if anyone tries this and has any questions feel free to ask
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