I decided to build a Linux system and found a local place that had a barebones system at a reasonable price. I noticed the motherboard has an M.2 connector on it, which should be great for fast booting from an SSD drive. A different store was open and had a 256GB drive in stock. I’m going to call this a “stick” because of the form factor.
The motherboard is not detecting it and the troubleshooting I’ve found online suggests three causes: bad SSD stick, you have to find whatever the BIOS setting for the M.2 connector is called and turn that on, or the OS will still make use of the drive even if it doesn’t show up in BIOS.
I’m not real confident on the last one since UbuntuStudio wouldn’t install until I put in a 2.5" SSD hard drive. I can’t find anything in the BIOS choices that matches the troubleshooting steps. Just the section that says “here’s what’s connected to the SATA ports”. The M.2 connector is listed but with nothing plugged into it. I’ve already checked that the stick can’t be installed upside down.
Asus Prime A320M-K motherboard with newest BIOS and an AMD A10-9700 CPU
Patriot Scorch 256GB SSD stick # PS256GPM280SSDR
Ruling out a bad SSD stick, can anyone help point me to what terminology Asus uses in their BIOS for “enable the M.2” port since any kind of auto-detect setting may or may not be working? They do not offer a manual that explains what each BIOS setting does and the on-screen descriptions are either insufficient to explain them or are missing on some of them. There’s also no compatibility chart for M.2 SSD devices like there is for DRAM. In fact, the only thing in the manual beyond “it’s got an M.2 port” is it will operate in SATA mode because of the A-series processor and won’t share an IRQ. (Ryzen CPUs are labeled as “PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA modes”.)
Or, do I have to find a different M.2 SSD stick that specifically says it runs in SATA mode?