sm bus controller error

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  1. BiggDoggUNC

    BiggDoggUNC Show me a good loser... and I'll show you a loser.

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    I recently moved and my computer won't recognize my external HD, after researching a little I *think* it's a SM BUS error, but when I go to look for drivers, I can't figure out where to get them.

    I went here but am a bit mentally challenged and can't figure out which chipset I'm running

    http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/sb/cs-013541.htm

    am I in the wrong place?

    If I'm in the right place, which driver would I need to get?
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield is the processor I'm running.

    Thanks for any help
     
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    what mobo?
     
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    why do you think its the smbus? it's most likely not.
     
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    BiggDoggUNC Show me a good loser... and I'll show you a loser.

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    I was just my best guess reading on other people having problem with USB thumb drives and external HDs. If you have a better way to troubleshoot, I'm completely open to it.
     
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    so you physically moved the machine and the external hdd stopped working? But it worked before the move? no software changes?
     
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    BiggDoggUNC Show me a good loser... and I'll show you a loser.

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    yeah, that's it. Didn't change any software.
     
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    you're plugging the drive into a usb port directly on the motherboard, right? not through an extension, pci card, bracket, or front bay, right?

    does device manager have any red x's or yellow triangles?

    the drive works on another machine?

    do usb-based mouses, keyboards, or flash drives work?



    you can try updating your chipset drivers, but without knowing more about it, it's hard to say what the solution will be.
     
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    BiggDoggUNC Show me a good loser... and I'll show you a loser.

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    yup, straight into the motherboard, the device manager has no red x's, just a yellow question mark over SM BUS CONTROLLER.

    I'll try it on another machine first chance I get, see if I can get the drive to work, because all my other USB devices work just fine.

    thanks for the help and all the suggestions.
     
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    install chipset update
     
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    Driverpacks.net has all the Intel Chipset drivers bundled into one small download from Sourceforge. They do a really excellent job of stripping out all the BS from the driver packages and only leaving behind what you need. Just download the Chipset Pack, and point the Driver Update utility to the directory that you unzip the Pack to.
     
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    :rofl: that is so stupid. I would never trust a driver pack that wasn't from the manu.
     
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    Do you know how big a pain in the ass it is to do a Windows XP unattended install when the chipset driver requires an MSI package to install? All they do at driverpacks.net is strip the bullshit files off the manufacturer's package and re-release it as a 7zip of .infs and .cats. Plus, with their driver package, you don't have to know exactly which chipset you have. All the Intel chipset drivers are in the same pack, and it will pick the correct driver based on the compatible hardware IDs.
     
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    in other words:

    EXACTLY what the Intel package does :mamoru:
     
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    No. The Intel download runs an installer.

    OP: Ignore the pointless discussion. The only point I was trying to make is that you can get all the Intel chipset drivers bundled in one quick download from Driverpacks.net. I've been working on a project for work that involves creating one large repository of drivers for all the different PC models we use, and I've run into 5 driver discrepancies. 3 of those involved Intel Chipset drivers. One pack from Driverpacks.net fixed all three of those issues for me. All I'm trying to do is offer up an alternative that's worked well for me recently.
     
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    you do realize that the latest Intel INF update works for the range of their chipsets, right?

    I realize you don't.

    You do also realize that Intel provides an OFFICIAL zip with all the files, right?

    I realize that you don't.

    Please don't make recommendations when you yourself don't understand the basics. Downloading drivers from 3rd party sources without proper justification is bad-juju.

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/fil...XP+Professional&lang=eng&strOSs=44&submit=Go!
     
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    For the most part, yes. But if it's really old and drivers are hard to find, then I might have to trust it.
     
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    in very rare circumstances, okay.

    but for an intel chipset driver? www.intel.com
     

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