Template:Article summary start Template:Article summary text Template:Article summary heading Template:I18n entry Template:Article summary end AHCI, abbreviation for advanced host controller interface, is the native work mode for SATA drives, and has been present in the Linux kernel since version 2.6.19.
While SATA drives are usually configured as legacy/parallel ATA by default, enabling AHCI through the BIOS has two main benefits: support for hot pluggable SATA drives (mimicking USB drives' behavior) and NCQ, or native command queuing.
Add the AHCI module to the kernel image
Rebuild the kernel image so that it includes the newly added module:
# mkinitcpio -p kernel26
Configure from BIOS
The way for accessing the BIOS depends on the motherboard; usually, Template:Keypress is used to display the menu.
Once the BIOS options are available, search for settings resembling:
Enable SATA as: IDE/AHCI
SATA: PATA Emulation/Native/Enhanced
After altering and saving the BIOS settings, Linux should load the AHCI driver on the next boot. Template:Codeline's output should confirm this:
SCSI subsystem initialized libata version 3.00 loaded. ahci 0000:00:1f.2: version 3.0 ahci 0000:00:1f.2: PCI INT B -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19 ahci 0000:00:1f.2: irq 764 for MSI/MSI-X ahci 0000:00:1f.2: AHCI 0001.0200 32 slots 6 ports 3 Gbps 0x3f impl SATA mode ahci 0000:00:1f.2: flags: 64bit ncq sntf stag pm led clo pmp pio slum part ems ahci 0000:00:1f.2: setting latency timer to 64 scsi0 : ahci scsi1 : ahci scsi2 : ahci scsi3 : ahci scsi4 : ahci scsi5 : ahci
and for NCQ:
ata2.00: 625142448 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32)
- Windows XP does not have stock AHCI drivers, meaning that it relies on drivers from the motherboard's CD or webiste.
- During booting, if there is a delay before GRUB appears, check BIOS settings. There might be an option that introduces such a delay so that "lazy" optical drives are able to boot.