My computer has recently failed to boot up and I am pretty sure it is to do with the HDD not being recognized or the SATA ports buggering up.
Quick history been fine for years, few days ago saw some strange artifacting in Tomb Raider game, thought it was the GFX card so reset game and all ok. it did that twice.
yesterday it randomly froze 2 times for 2 or so mins, then recovered. 2nd time a super quick BSOD showed up and restarted. boots up ok again.
Now no booting. Takes a long time to show the 'detecting ide drives' on initial screen, then findes SOME of my HDDS.
I have 4 - 1 is IDE (storage) and always gets found, 2x 200GB (storage) which sometimes get found depending on configuration of SATA cables. 1x 500GB which is my OS / programs HDD which at the min is never getting found.
Tried swappping all combination of SATA ports / cables / power supply plugs and cant get main HDD to register. took it out and put my ear to it and it sounds fine, runs smoothly so susspecting it is not the HDD.
Checked SATA is activated in BIOS - sometimes the 2 x 200GB drives get recognized in BIOS as WDxxxxxx and sometimes noneWDxxxxx which is strange.
Anybody have any ideas?? MOBO buggered?
My motherboard is a 'GIGABYTE Nvidia Nforce 4 SLI the model is GA-K8N Pro-SLI'
processor is AMD X2 4400+
main HDD is Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS
OS is XP home 32bit
Edited by Danstar10, 09 August 2010 - 03:37 PM.