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 Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2 [SOLVED] 
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Post Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2 [SOLVED]
Hello everyone
The SBC-fit-PC2 comes with en embedded 4GB NAND flash SSD. However, by today's standards 4GB is not enough storage space to to load today's operating systems.

However, the SBC-fit-PC2 does have a SATA port and I've been able to correctly insert a SATA cable to the board (its not that difficult). However, on the BIOS the PC was unable to detect and SATA SSD/HDD. My question is is it possible to activate the SATA port of the SBC-fit-PC2?

Please note that the box (retail, non-SBC-fitPC2) versions appear to have the same motherboard design. These boards do not have the 4GB NAND soldered to it.

On the retail fit-PC2 I was able to insert the 4 SATA wires to the holes of the SATA port (VCC, and GND of the SSD connected separetely) and the BIOS have no problems detecting the SSD.

I have the impression that the SATA port of the SBC-fit-PC2 has been disabled. Can someone from CompuLab confirm this?

Thank you


Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:11 am
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
SATA port is always enabled in a SBC-FITPC2, and an appropriate SATA device should be detected by BIOS once it connected to the SATA port.

What SATA device do you use, an HDD or an SSD?

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Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:59 pm
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
hi grabrielh

thank you for the post. i tried using both hdd and ssd but neither worked on an SBC fit-PC2. The bios of the SBC fit-PC2 cannot detect them. They do work on a boxed fit-PC2.

Are you confidently sure SATA port works on a SBC fit-PC@?


Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:16 am
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
Yes. Please double check the connection. Can you hear your HDD spinning?

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Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:37 pm
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
Hi gabrielh

of course the HDD spins, but SATA simply does not work. Jut so you know I tried the same test on a SBC fit-PC2 the HDD spins on all 3 but its not detected.


Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:59 am
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
I suggest you to double check the SATA pins. Do you use an angle "PCB to HDD" adapter to connect you HDD to SBC-FIT-PC2?

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:10 pm
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
Hi gabrielh
Of course I did check the pin layout and got it correctly. This is why i am asking for help.

I have tried using both normal SATA cables and the little PCB that connects the SATA drive to the fit-PC2. Both methods work fine with the normal fit-PC2 but both fail with SBC fit-PC2 (and yes I made sure the contact pins were connected properly).

Is this a BIOS problem on the SBC fit-PC2 where SATA has been disabled?


Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:19 am
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
cnordegren wrote:
Is this a BIOS problem on the SBC fit-PC2 where SATA has been disabled?


No. I suggest you to check the RMA option for your SBC-FIT-PC2

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Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:34 pm
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Post Re: Using SATA port on SBC-fit-PC2
hello gabrielh

I got a support ticket and was able to communicate with CompuLab directly. The staff member has been fantastic. Thank you very much for your help and keep up the good work. You can consider the matter resolved.


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