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PC won't boot from sata plugs

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My PC gives me the options of setting my 2 HDDs or my CDrom drive as bootable options in the BIOS but none of them are actually bootable when I select them. I thought maybe my OS HDD was just corrupt, so I put in my OS disc and tried to boot up from CDROM. Again, it told me that I need to boot with a proper boot device/media. This led me to believe that the sata controller on my mobo had finally died, so I got a PCI adapter in the hope to bypass the sata plugs that were causing the problem. Unfortunately again this didn't help at all. The only way I can now boot up my PC is by booting up with pendrive linux, and whilst I'm in pendrive linux, it tells me that the only HDD I have connected is the pendrive itself, even though I have 1 HDD directly plugged into the mobo and 1 directly plugged into the PCI card. I've checked all PSU cables and everything is plugged in properly.
I have a bad feeling I need a new motherboard, but just in case there's something else that might be causing this problem, I thought I'd check here first.
Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

Edited by Eksua, 27 February 2011 - 02:24 PM.

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