Boot fails with SATA enabled

Emachines / Et1161
June 12, 2009 at 00:34:19
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon
My PC has been running fine for the past 6 months, then it started to shut-down during Windows bootup. Now is seems the only way that I can get it to boot is to disable the SATA controller in the BIOS. I am now booting from DVD and it still fails if the controller is enabled, even when I remove all SATA drives from the PC. The only way I can get into the PC now is disable all SATA functionality and boot from a DVD - not very helpful!

Is there something that I can do to avoid this problem, or am I looking at a new motherboard? I noticed some posts on IDE to SATA converter cables. Would this work in the short term to allow me to boot-up from the SATA drive, but with the SATA controller disabled?

(ps. yeah, I know eMachines are prone to failure!)

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June 12, 2009 at 13:48:55
If I assume what I read it would be iffy at best.

They do also have usb to sata adapters and cheap pci add on cards.

I'd look closely at sata cables and the connectors, Remove sata cables for sure. Might have bent pins in sata or damaged cables causing this.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 12, 2009 at 13:54:27
Is the now installed SATA hard drive the one that came with the computer from eMachines?

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June 15, 2009 at 00:50:54
Thanks for your replies...

Yes, it is the hard drive that came with the computer.

I'll check the cables and pins, but it still fails to boot from IDE DVD even when the hard drive is physically removed (unless I disable the SATA controller in the BIOS).

Have ordered a £5 adaptor to give it a try. I'll post the results soon!

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