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SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI 2.2 SATA Controller Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs PITA 08/20/2013

This review is from: SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI 2.2 SATA Controller Card

Pros: I guess it does what it is supposed to do

Cons: Tricky PITA.
Part of the cable connector broke but still functions.
Only one SATA cable!
Don't forget to buy SATA cables and Molex -> SATA power adapters!

Other Thoughts: I bought this card to modernize a Dell Dimension 4550 with a dead hard drive. The goal of the project is to make it a simple file and print server for an office. I purchased 2 Toshiba 2TB Hard Drives to go along with this.

A simple install, so what could go wrong?

At the start, this card simply did not work. I put it in a spare PCI slot in the Dell and I was getting a "Plug and Play Configuration Error" in the bios. I thought maybe the card was DOA, so I tried it in a more modern PC. It was recognized by that BIOS, so the card was obviously not DOA.

I Googled a bit and found that some people have had success using different PCI slots in the older Dells. I removed the 56k Modem and the Soundblaster card and tried all the PCI slots. I found one that worked and did not get the PnP errors any longer in the Dell.

Now once the BIOS loaded, this card would get stuck at "Press F4 to enter RAID utility." I don't know why, but it would not recognize the 2TB hard drives. I ended up putting the card back into the more modern PC and updating the BIOS on the Syba card. I apparently downloaded the wrong BIOS file, and this now became a Silicon Image SATA controller, no RAID (Which is fine, ubuntu has software raid). ** MAKE SURE TO USE THE E-PAD BIOS ** It would recognize my SATA DVD burner, but not these drives. I Googled some more, some of these SATA cards have problems with the new SATA II and III standards, so I made some makeshift jumpers out of desoldering wick.

A bit more of monkeying around between the two computers and finally got this thing up and running.

Ubuntu Server is now installing on the Dell 4550 with a software raid set up.

Like most computer projects, make sure to have a spare, working, relatively modern Windows PC to help troubleshoot.

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Team 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model TG032G0MC26A
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs TEAM joke goes here 08/14/2013

This review is from: Team 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model TG032G0MC26A

Pros: Do not ever buy anything from this company.

Cons: Attempted to RMA this garbage card after I initially lost a bunch of important data.
They said ship it in a bubble mailer.
I shipped it in a standard envelope and wrapped the card in bubble wrap with the RMA form figuring what is the difference between bubble wrap and bubble mailer.
They received it and sent me a picture noting that there is a crack in the card.
Somehow the card was cracked in transport, and according to TEAM, it was because I did not use a bubble mailer.
How can something as minuscule and tiny as a microSD card have enough force placed on it at each end and through bubble wrap so that it cracks?

Other Thoughts: Yes, butthurt, but this company sucks.

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Team 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model TG032G0MC26A
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Bad memory. Won't trust Team again.

Other Thoughts: Card randomly appears as 'blank' throughout the day across different devices

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Aaron W.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron W.

Date Joined: 02/19/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 08/05/11
  • Last Review: 08/20/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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