Etron EJ168 Incompatible With AFT PRO-57U

April 06, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Built out a new box, and almost everything is wonderful. I can enable high quality shadows in Skyrim; I can encode a DVD in literally eight minutes.

The only problem I have is this:

The USB 3.0 controller on my Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 is apparently an Etron EJ168, which is apparently crap. I could deal with crap, except that the controller will not recognize my AFT PRO-57U card reader. The PRO-57U's passthrough appears to work, however, the reader itself is not detected at all by Windows 7. It does work in a USB 2.0 slot, which proves the reader isn't DOA, and the problem lies elsewhere.

My solution is going to involve purchasing a PCIe adapter card and just replacing the whole damned USB 3.0 bus, but I would've rather have not had to spend extra money on doing this.

You may want to steer clear of anything bearing Etron's controller. I'd say do research - some issues (certain external WD drives, for example) have been resolved by driver upgrades – but my own research revealed nothing with regard to the PRO-57U. I suspect there are a great many USB 3.0 devices that will have problems with the EJ168.