|Dell N5110 Laptop,|
Seagate ST9640320AS 640 Gig SATA Hard Drive, 2048+4096 Dimm Modules, Win7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Turn on computer, get SATA controller message: no boot device
Reboot hit F2, under ‘hard drive’ : NONE
Reboot, hit F2, then Escape, boots into Windows, all is well
Boot with Dells windows disk, attempt reinstall, can see 3 partitions: 100 MB, 64 Gig, 540 Gig as partitions 1, 2, 3. Attempt to reinstall to part 3, get message: can’t install to this partition; hardware may not be able to boot from there.
After windows disk, can’t get to windows again without the following procedure: reboot win disk, decline auto repair of win, go to dos prompt, find boot directory on CD, do “bootsect/NT60 E: / mbr” then I’m back to the beginning, can boot with F2/ESC
Boot with Seatools on dos CD, Seagate can’t see drive
Sometimes boots into windows fine, but usually get no boot device message and have to F2/Escape to get into windows. Rarely get BSOD with page fault message; that was trying to do something on a webpage.
Upgraded bios from A03 to A11. After, computer automatically downloaded LOTS of drivers from windows update, including for SATA controller. Thought it was fixed for a few boots, then back to beginning problem again. DID load defaults. Sata listed as AHCI as it was before.
Almost seems like SATA controller takes a while to warm up and get working….
Tested components with Dell’s system health program, (F12 /diagnostics/ PSA). All tests passed. Tryed memtest 86 all tests passed.
Never was able to get factory reinstall partition to work…F11, ctrl+F11, F8, etc
Doubt hard drive is really the issue, it works fine once you get into windows. Huge drive barely has anything on it, and about 1000 run hours.
SeaTools for Win says SMART, short self, and generic short, tests passed.
Is the SATA controller dying, is there a second channel that can be used instead, is the controller part of the motherboard-so I need a motherboard?
Research on Dell website says all things I’ve tried are the problem. Not.