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SYBA SD-VIA-1A2S VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Combo Controller Card / Supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, non-RAID mode

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  • RAID 0,1,0+1 JBOD
  • 2 x SATA 150 + 1 x ATA 133 Internal Connectors
  • Up to 133MB/s

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Not deducting any eggs due to user error 9/26/2018 2:26:05 PM

Pros: I assume that this card does everything it advertises.

Cons: The shipping had me on pins and needles. Newegg website showed DHL to be the courier, however there was a USPS tracking number. The concern was that the item initially showed delivered.

PC will not boot OS unless HD activity connector is connected to jumper pin 1 directly on the card (not even a live CD). I don't recall reading this in the description, and it could be my oversight. With that being said I can not recommend this card for vendors like Dell, HP, IBM, etc.

Overall Review: I'm pulling the plug on this project for now. It appears that I am limited to a PATA drive set up. I'm still keeping the device just in case I happen to come across an extremely cheap socket 478 motherboard.
I initially purchased this device to convert an old Dell Dimension 2400 into a NAS. The front I/O connector is a proprietary single harness leaving me with two options:

Transfer the guts from the Dell to a 3rd party case (hopefully the connectors are not too wide to fit unto the Dell motherboard).

Harvest the connectors from the 3rd party case and solder then unto the Dell harness (the connectors still may be too wide).

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Unable to use with Foxconn motherboard - UPDATED. 9/18/2018 8:42:37 AM

Pros: Has PATA and SATA.
Is PCI (not PCI-E)

Cons: Unable to use, due to firmware conflict with BIOS on Foxconn
This is the error (yes those are misspelled by hardware vendor) ...
Warning: Have Option ROM Can Not Be Invoke (Vendor ID: 1106h Deivce ID: 3249h)

Overall Review: I will try to disable BIOS options one-by-one, perhaps it may work - I ran out of time last night.
I will keep it, in case I can use it on other system.

NOTE: Post edit review ...
Modified BIOS - Disabled USB keyboard and Disabled USB mouse support.
No longer see error "Warning: Have Option ROM Can Not Be Invoke (Vendor ID: 1106h Deivce ID: 3249h)"
Now, just need to play around in Windows (device driver install, etc.).
I hope this helps others get past BIOS error (found hints online to disable legacy USB support).

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Expansion Card allows for SATA devices on older PC's 1/2/2018 7:55:08 AM

Pros: Transfer rates are satisfactory, no issues with attached drives during transfer of data. I use these cards on old pc's, they allow me to attach high capacity SATA HDD that the bios would not otherwise allow me to use. I use the machines as backup servers, transferring data over the LAN using ssh, no data transfer issues with these cards. Operating system used is Debian Linux.

Cons: The bracket/mounting plate that is attached to the card is set to far out away from this pci expansion card and as a result during install prevents the card from lining up with the slot properly. I had to remove the plate/bracket from the card, then reinstall the original cover plate that came with the case and place a piece of cardboard between the cover plate and the end of the expansion card in order to prevent sagging of the card after installation and to keep the card secure, without the cardboard the drive was intermittently not detected upon boot the OS. This has nothing to do with the case(s), they are standard ATX cases and I haven't experienced this problem with any other pci expansion card I've installed in the same case(s) and that includes Sound cards, nic cards, usb expansion card and promise cards. I would have given a higher rating on this product if it weren't for the install issue.

Overall Review: While the install required removal of the mounting plate/bracket they do seem to function properly once installed. I have two of these, one is installed in a Intel P4 machine and the other an AMD Athalon XP machine, bother are standard ATX designed cases and I had the same problem in bother cases with the cards not lining up with the pci slot on the motherboards because the bracket that comes attached to the card will not allow you to secure it in place and have it line up with the slot properly.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solves problems with old MBs 5/1/2017 1:11:37 PM

Pros: It works! Quality item! It is a PCI 'universal' card... the card edge connector has a key-slot cut into it near each end that allows it to be plugged in to the older 5 volt signaling PCI backplanes (key slot away from mounting bracket end), as well as the 'less old' 3.3 volt signaling backplanes (key slot nearer the bracket end). The card works in either kind of PCI slot.

Cons: No ATAPI support for CD drives

Overall Review: I assume you are looking at this card because you want / need to use an old MB for your current project. (Necessarily old, since new MBs do not provide PCI card slots... and this is a PCI card.) This is a disk controller, so you must need to add disk drives to the old MB. If you are having trouble getting the MB to recognize your disk drives, this card can help. One set of problems with old MBs is that they have a BIOS that only recognizes relatively small HDDs. Early MBs only address HDDs using 'track, head, sector' addressing, and you have to enter the numbers. Later ones automatically detect these values, but do not know what to do if the numbers are too big... like for a large late generation ATA drive. This card will auto recognize the proper addressing for large drives, both ATA and SATA... even large ones. If this card recognizes your old ATA drive and the MB controller does not, you can attach the boot drive to this controller and just ignore or turn off (in BIOS setup) the on-board controller. Or you can use the on-board controller to attach a CD drive.

Added:(5/1/2017) I am now using this card in an old 'Socket 7' Pentium MB that will use 5 1/4" floppy drives... just to archive some old software. MS-DOS 6.2 (and worse for earlier versions) does not like even the smallest modern HDD. And I do not have any old small drives, all dead and long gone. This controller will work fine with DOS. You can make a 1 gigabyte partition on a SATA drive for DOS to install onto. The remaining hundreds of gigs can be used for several logical drives in an extended DOS partition... but most of the disk will still be unused. Or, as I did, you can buy a CF Card to SATA converter. They work with this controller just fine. Then you can have a $5 solid state drive for your DOS computer that is easy to plug in and easy to 'sneaker-net' to your modern computer (put it into a USB card reader on your modern computer). A one or two gig CF card is just right. Do not use an SD card... one may work, or not. I do not know. But a CF card has an IDE interface... it really is a disk drive. So that is why I used one.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works good 10/18/2016 3:54:33 PM

Pros: Works as advertised.

Non raid mode works great. Everything connects and is registered by the motherboard.

I have not tried raid modes(probably never will) so I cannot comment on raid functions.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I have a zip drive(IED), removable HDD cage(IDE), and a CD drive(SATA) connected to it. I just used the drivers on the CD because of my basic non raid setup and they work just fine.

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4/ 5
Useful but slow in this instance 6/1/2016 4:38:49 PM

Pros: I have 2 in the same machine. Lets me use 4 SATA drives by 2 pci slots in an old HP Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz machine running FreeNAS- with 3783MB DDR ram. I realize the entire excursion is ancient so no worries. It takes about 1 hour for a 2gig file transfer from a Win8 machine to that old NAS ghoul.... In addition, Kodi streaming works its only me so Im not sure how it is on a multi user network. Easy on the pocket, no trouble at all to use with the motherboard as well as FreeNAS- 1 IDE connector on each card, I had 2 IDE drives connected at one time but decided Ive other plans for those hot bricks....

Cons: Just a little slow once you really see what you've got. Im not upset Its cool.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
SYBA SD-VIA-1A2S VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Combo Controller Card / Supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, non-RAID mode 4/15/2016 12:41:21 PM

Pros: worked for what I needed it for

Cons: none

Overall Review: n/a

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Card is everything I needed for an addition to my triple boot AMD pc. 3/5/2016 5:34:35 PM

Pros: Reliability. No need for Drivers. Would work great on a paleolithic single core board. Ubuntu is as fast as I need it. Great for Linux. Adds much needed space to your computer. Works on windows 7. A good thing to do with any pci slot, or all of them. Bonus IDE for old drives. Cheap. Works fine in 'disks'. Recognized my old windows drive that I use for file transfers, backup, some low resource steam games, and additional space. Can take a heat beating. Would have amazing, had I owned it before I bought an IDE to sata adapter (still amazing if you're in that boat).

Cons: Only two sata ports. Takes 9 hours to format a tb 5400rpm sata drive from the ubuntu live usb. Although it can take the heat it's dangerously close in some cases to your graphics card (for which sata cables can be a problem considering some Macbook pro's sata connectors have shorted from system heat. Although I've not had a single problem)... Can't however dock a point, I'm way too satisfied...

Overall Review: Using an AMD A10-6800k on a gigabyte budget motherboard with Windows, Yosemite, and Ubuntu (Ubuntu is on the one of the two drives connected to this pci card, the other is ntfs storage). If I had more pci expansion on my computer I'd put another one in (if its possible). Despite some negative reviews this is probably more solid of a choice than the alternatives. I bought before this a raid card that I was going to flash to be a card much like this. It was cheap and it had four sata ports and seemingly could do the same thing. Due to the difficulty of the potential sata of the raid card and extreme lack of any documentation or provided drivers on or offline I was wrong, this product for this review is a way more appropriate choice. There's no flashing or drivers the thing just works. this is the raid card I ordered before getting this neat little sata card. The raid card I actually received wasn't even syba though so I suggest if you have a similar situation send it back. All in all great card, just what I needed.

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