4724 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2010 3:58 PM by japamac
It isn't a problem with a bootable controller like those from Firmtek.
This one allows use of two internal drives:
This one supports two internal, two external:
I was hoping for something a little cheaper. What about something like this SATS to IDE converter?
What about something like this SATS to IDE converter?
That would be a "ya' pays your money and takes your chances" gamble. I'm not sure that the ATA controller in the G4 is going to know what to make of this converter.. The dedicated PCI SATA card Japamac suggested would be a better option, and give you better performance from the drive in the bargain.
cheapest option I can think of is this bare-drive external adapater cable.
but not sure if you can boot from it, might need an external FW enclosure for booting, another budget-minded option:
If you add the internal PCI SATA card, you will also need IDE-ATA molex to SATA power adapters:
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you get what you pay for: these only slightly cheaper external USB/FW options will be roughly half the speed performance of the internal SATA PCI card.
Do the Firmtek cards fully support Leopard? I have read bad things about the 5.3.1 firmware but can't find any info on the 5.3.2 firmware.
I am currently using a SIIG but it isn't Leopard compatible. I am buying a new SATA controller in the next few days so I can run leopard. I have it down to either the Firmtek 1S2 or the Sonnet offering since both list Leopard compatibility. From the research I have done though the 5.3.1 firmware for the Firmtek has sleep issues and other bugs.
Your advice would really be appreciated. The Firmtek is a tad cheaper and more popular but I want full compatibility with deep sleep under leopard. I have not found any bad info at all on the Sonnet though.
I haven't had any issues with any version of OS X 10.4 or 10.5.
The Firmtek card has been terrific. Highly recommended.
You are right, I have stopped at 10.5.6, mostly because I haven't seen any need to update.
I wouldn't anticipate any problems, but after the 10.4.9 mess, I don't just "auto-update" anymore.
I now use 10.4.8 as my preferred Tiger volume, with 10.4.11 for only a few necessary items.
Too many people have problems blindly updating, especially in systems loaded with third party hardware and software.
If there is a feature or a bug fix that I need, I backup and update.
In this case, 10.5.6 is very stable, and that's all that I need.
I use v5.1.3.
Haven't ever had any issues with sleep, mounting or otherwise in Tiger or Leopard.
Following Firmtek's advice and NOT updating unless there are issues is the best advice.
For G4 users, v5.1.3 is the recommended version.
Fortunately, Firmtek also provides for reverting the firmware version should an update yield undesirable results.
I have the Firmtek card now installed and running Leopard very well.
Quick question.. in system profiler it says the card has the 5.3.0 firmware. Can I simply apply 5.1.3 over it? Also it looks like I need to do the firmware upgrade from an IDE drive? Thats what the 5.1.3 installer notes say at least.
Thanks in advance, japamac!
If it's working, don't worry about it.
"When to Upgrade Firmware
The following firmware updates are mainly for Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" users. However, this firmware is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.4. If your existing FirmTek driver is working well with your current version of Mac OS we highly recommend not upgrading..." This falls under the heading, "If it's not broken don't fix it". While FirmTek tries to make every new driver release better than the last, there is always a chance that a new firmware upgrade may actually cause an issue with some configurations. The new 5.3.1 firmware version posted below corrects a Leopard wake on sleep issue."
Same goes for a downgrade.
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