I purchased a Insprion 660 to act as my media center. I used up all of the internal SATA ports for my hard drives and optical drive. I wanted to add more SATA ports, so I purchased a SIIG SATA II PCIe card (SC-SAE012-S2). When I plug the card into any of the internal PCIe ports, the operating system does not detect the card. I can install the drivers, but Device Manager tells me that the drivers can't load. I installed the card into another PC and it works. I suspect that none of the PCIe ports on my machine are active. Is there something I need to do in the BIOS to activate them?
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You said the OS does not detect the card. Did you check device manager and look for a question mark? Did you look through the BIOS?
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
Device manager does not detect the card. If I install the drivers, then install the card, Device Manager shows the question mark. I looked through the UEFI BIOS and didn't see anything related to PCIe slots. Perhaps I'm missing something?
I think the problem is similar to these people's: en.community.dell.com/.../searchresults.aspx. I too am trying to use SIL3132 based card and my mobo is not detecting it. In the threads listed above, a BIOS upgrade fixed it.
@Dell is a BIOS upgrade in the future so I can use this card?
@Osprey, thanks for the link. However, that is my current BIOS. Do you know why it didn't show up when I search for drivers via my Service Tag?
That is my next step. I'm concerned that when I tell them that the card works in another machine (a HP), they will point the finger back at Dell. Still, it's worth a shot. Thanks for all your help.