So, I got my first Hitachi 0078FK drive to play with, and I expected no problems at all. I was going to be using my MSI K8T Neo-V with onboard VIA VT8237 chipset. I had read through the 78 thread and have seen people that have used this chipset to flash their drives. I had used this same chipset on all the other Xbox 360 drives with no problems at all. Slax 1 even worked with it!
The first thing I try has nothing to do with my motherboard at all. I wanted to see if my SATA > USB adapter would work or not, because so far nobody has been able to get the X360USB or generic SATA > USB adapters working. So, I hook up the 78 drive to my notebook with the adapter, run Slax 2, it puts the drive into ModeB just fine, Windows picks up the drive perfectly, and 360 Firmware Toolbox locks up on the read. All to be expected, and all working just how others had reported.
Switch over to the desktop with the VIA 8237. Drive isn't detected in BIOS, and Slax fails to put the drive into ModeB. Slax gives me this:
sata_via 0000:00:0f.0: routerd to hard irq line 11
ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xE000 ctl 0xE102 bmdma 0xE400 irq 16
ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xE200 ctl 0xE302 bmdma 0xE408 irq 16
scsi2 : sata_via
ata1: SATA link down 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 0 Scontrol 300)
ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0xE007
scsi3 : sata_via
ata2: SATA link down 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 1 Scontrol 300)
ATA: abnormal status 0x80 on port 0xE207
I tried a brand new SATA cable, both ports on the motherboard, setting the SATA to SATA mode, setting it to RAID mode. I tried every version of the Slax CD, but I highly doubt that's the problem. When I do have the drive hooked up, my POST sits at detecting IDE drives for about 2 minutes before finally saying "None".
I was able to use this same motherboard for every Samsung and Hitachi drive before this. I have never needed anything else, no problems at all.
With no idea what else to do, I try upgrading my PC BIOS. I was already having problems, then they got a lot worse. A bad BIOS flash. My desktop now reboots every 3 seconds, no bad BIOS flash recovery, I have to RMA the board and wait a month before I get it back.
It doesn't end there .. I go out to the closest computer place and they only have one AMD 754 board .. an MSI with VIA VT8237. Since it's the only board they have, I buy it and cross my fingers.
Brand new board, same old problems. Drive doesn't detect in BIOS, and Slax fails to put the drive into ModeB. Tried different sata cables, both ports, all three Slax CD's.