ATA vs ACHI Mode vs Flash Cache Module DELL Inspiron

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Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)
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This is the famous little setting that is normally done on a laptop or desktop. ATA Mode for Windows XP and ACHI Mode for Windows Vista. Well, bless those modes, I had to use ATA mode for the setup in my new Dell Inspiron with Vista Business otherwise, I will see blue screen almost 2-3 times a week with ACHI mode. And the default setting for flash cache module is set as enabled. Guess what, I had to disable it. And till today, no blue screen. Perhaps someone has any idea how this can happen. It was just a WILD GUESS and it saved my life. I did highlight this to Dell Support and the guy kinda went blur. So I guess its a little secret or "mishap" on Dell machines.

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You have to enable the AHCI driver in Vista no matter what the Bios settings says. I use a 256mb flash drive and downloaded the 64bit basic drivers from the Intel website on reinstall. If you add the driver at install you will never see a blue screen as a result of this missing driver. If you have already installed Vista there are several articles on how to change the registry to use the AHCI drivers by default vs. the ATA

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  • Vicflut
    Friend's seen you know a little achi system and ATA. formatio recently my Dell XPS M1730, move it to disable the flash cache, and put in ACHI to ATA, however when I tried to reverse the situation just did not load on Vista and I need to put in ACHI format, this makes my to fail and put the screen in yellow please tell me how to do that is placed on ACHI and activate the flash cache mudule and I load the window VISTA. my mail is victorflut1@hotmail.com
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