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MASSCOOL PCI Card, 2 internal SATA Model XWT-RC041

  • PCI to SATA Card
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Model

Brand
MASSCOOL
Model
XWT-RC041

Spec

Type
PCI to SATA Card
Internal Ports
2 x SATA
Operating Systems Supported
DOS, Win9x, WinME, NT4, Win2K and XP

Features

Features
PCI Specification Revision 2.2 compliant
Silicon Image SIL 3112 host controller chip
Support 66 Mhz PCI with 32-bit data
Compliant with programming interface for Bus Master IDE Controller, Rev1.0
Support programmable and EEPROM, FLASH & EPROM loadable PCI class mode
Integrated SATA Transport, Link Logic & PHY layer
48-bit sector addressing
Virtual DMA
Serial ATA Specification Revision 1.0 compliant
Internal Serial-ATA port x 2
Drivers support for DOS, Win9x, WinME, NT4, Win2K and XP
Raid supported

Packaging

Package Contents
PCI Card
SATA Cable
Driver Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Hailong C.
  • 2/17/2011 10:04:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsfollow up after one year use

Pros: cheap, flashable.

Cons: chip type: Silicon Image si3112A

masscool webiste is of no use.

After decommissioned for several months it hangs at verifying DMI pool data when I tried to put it up. It turned out that it's no longer bootable (but can be seen from xp or win7, just not bootable). So I went ahead to reflash it which was the beginning of the headache.

it can't be flashed from XP control panel (grey out , you may have better luck ). When using Siflashtool, it returns nothing. On win7 it's worse, you just can't flash it.

So finally got a DOS ISO and get the DOS flash version from silicon image (following another reviewer's suggenstion on Solaris). Choosed any SST type flash (option 5,6,7 all worked). Used the r4402 bin. And now everything backed to normal...

phew...

Other Thoughts: there is not much info there...so put this review here just in case someone else got the headache like mine so they can google it.

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  • Bret V.
  • 9/4/2010 4:16:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsInteresting Card

Pros: Finally got it to work....

Cons: Seems to give you trouble at just about every corner.

Other Thoughts: I have an old mobo, a M7VIK. Made in about 2003. It actually has onboard SATA ports, but they dont recognize anything larger than about 200 GB hard drive due to old BIOS and chipset. I was able to install a 80 GB SSD through the Promise fasttrak 376 controllers via windows installation. Put the board into the top PCI slot (tried one below, wouldnt work) and got it to be recognized by mobo.

However, when I installed one of the bajilion drivers, something wasnt compatible and it corrupted my SSD's root directories or something. So i finally used the 3112 (not the 3112r) drivers for windows XP from the CD (transferred to a 3 1/2 floppy) on a fresh windows install. I was trying to install a 1 TB hard drive for storage onto the mobo as well, and this was the only way to do it.

If you are going to use this card, I strongly recommend that you do a fresh windows install loading the appropriate drivers from the CD. Just look for the txtsetup.oem file in the appropriate folder

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  • Ned D.
  • 8/26/2010 6:25:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this card!!!!

Pros: Comes in a pretty box

Cons: This card is worthless! It took a whole day out of my life. I reflashed the bios, tried different drivers. I agree with a previous post...don't even think about thinking about buying this card. (I have 30 years PC experience)

Other Thoughts: I will not return this. It's worth $17 to defile it with a hammer!

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  • robert s.
  • 8/14/2010 2:58:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsso far so good

Pros: Has two Sata ports, supports raid or nonraid setup, if you are using it to add extra drives,or do a fresh install of XP to a boot drive setup is easy. If you are going from IDE to SATA install the controller on the IDE drive first then clone to SATA drive, boots right up, just like the other reviewer said saved me alot of time.

Cons: none yet

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  • Kyle P.
  • 7/1/2010 9:08:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality Product - No major issues so far

Pros: - Cheap
- Simple Install (Plug & Go)
- 2 add'l SATA I in a PCI slot
- Quick solution to add more SATA devices

Cons: - Sil3112 can be shaky for RAID. Works fine in Windows - not great with linux/unix installations.
- SATA I - don't purchase this device expecting SATA II (Will give you 1.5 Gbps tops. If your SATA device is SATA II, this card will limit its throughput).

Other Thoughts: I had limited time when installing this device into an older system, so I plugged the card into a PCI slot and immediately hooked up a new SATA DVD-RW drive. Windows hung at the boot screen on startup. I unplugged the SATA cable from the card and attempted another boot with success. Installed drivers, shut down, re-attached SATA DVD-RW drive, and powered-up. Everything worked fine. Great card - works as advertized, just wanted to pass this hint along to other time-crunched installers.

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  • Janis N.
  • 5/23/2010 4:44:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbargain bin?

Pros: Worked immediately and normally in knoppix

Cons: The notch on PCI edge connector was too narrow and rough so inserting and removing was a nasty operation requiring far too much force for comfort and grinding the PCI slot a bit.

Other Thoughts: Didn't try the raid function in the card BIOS at all, will be using Linux builtin software raid and this as only a 2-port controller in an old P-4.

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  • Hailong C.
  • 2/9/2010 10:08:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat little card for inexpensive upgrade

Pros: put it in with seagate sata 7200.12 160gb into a 6-year old athlon xp, and put in xp installation disk
(nlite to slipstream the sata driver in txt mode), and it worked! I can install and boot from it...no issues

and now for daily work, the 6-year old athlon xp is almost on-par with my T61 (core 2 duo). what an embrassment on the so-called cpu advances.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: for xp installation, nlite slipstream the driver is probably the easist way to get the job done

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  • Chris M.
  • 12/31/2009 8:30:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks in opensolaris

Pros: Cheap. Works in Opensolaris after some fiddling around. When re-flashed with a non-raid bios, it appears as an IDE (PATA) controller.

Cons: It's a stupid RAID card, but you can undo that damage by re-flashing it.

Other Thoughts: Solaris wouldn't recognize this card until I re-flashed it using non-raid bios. I used b4402.bin and the DOS flash utility from the Silicon Image website. The utility prompts you to tell it what kind of flash chip is onboard. I was able to match the numbers printed on one of the chips to the selections presented by the flash update menu.

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  • Erik B.
  • 12/26/2009 3:37:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscauses reboots and BSOD

Pros: None.

Cons: The addition of this card causes the system to crash. More specifically, it either semi-random reboots or crashes to the blue screen of death (BSOD).

Other Thoughts: Whenever I tried to transfer data to or from a drive attached to this card the system would crash not long after initiating the transfer. i tried different PCI slots, pulling all other PCI cards, altering BIOS settings, using a different hard drive, and so on.

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  • Paul A.
  • 12/12/2009 3:37:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Fine with Windows 7

Pros: Windows 7 drivers
Price

Cons: None Yet

Other Thoughts: Needed a replacement for Promise SATA300 TX4 which is not Windows 7 compatible. I am using this Masscool card for secondary (non-boot drives) and it works fine under Windows 7. Did not seem particularly flimsy to me.

Although I downloaded Windows 7 drivers from manufacturer's website it turns out I did not need them. Windows 7 installed its own drivers and declined to update the drivers when I pointed it to the downloaded drivers. In any event, controller seems to be working fine.

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