M2R32-MVP - mysterious SATA failure

March 17, 2009 at 09:06:40
Specs: Windows XP
Hey everyone, I built a computer for my friend recently with ASUS M2R32-MVP and 500g SATA hdd, and SATA dvd-rw. Everything was fine for a few weeks then I noticed a drastic slowdown in performance. A day later the computer wont start... it gets stuck on the logo screen.

Further investigation revealed that it was hanging up on detecting the SATA drives, it can't detect the optical or the HDD... which were working flawlessly for almost a month.

Since both devices failed at once it leads me to believe that there is a problem with the mobo and not the sata drives. I know there needs to be the "latch" on the sata data and power cables for good connection... beyond that i'm out of ideas.

Can anyone help? thankyou.

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March 17, 2009 at 11:48:02
Try disconnecting the optical drive.

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March 17, 2009 at 19:08:56
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March 17, 2009 at 19:35:14
You cannot bump in this forum. Did you try disconnecting the optical drive?

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March 17, 2009 at 20:43:35
I disconnected the optical drive to no avail, I switched the connections with no progress, however I did notice that the system hangs on detecting the sata port that the HDD is plugged into (ie: HDD in SATA1 - system hangs detecting SATA 1, same thing for 2)

If that does mean the HDD is bad how could that happen after working for nearly a month?

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March 17, 2009 at 21:04:02
Well, hard drives and anything else can fail at any time, even when brand new.

If you know how to get into the bios setup routine, check to see if the bios detects the drives ok. If it isn't detected by the bios, it's probably either bad or not corrected properly.

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March 18, 2009 at 07:51:17
thanks for your help, I did manage to get to BIOS... it took like 6 minutes to get there, and it does not detect anything in the SATA ports, not the HDD or optical drive. Now I can't decide what is to blame: mobo, hdd, cables?

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March 18, 2009 at 09:41:53
Check to see if the hard drive is spinning, to make sure it's getting power. The optical drive should be able to open and close.

Check the bios again and look for the SATA controllers and make sure they are enabled.

Another thing to try is an option to load the default settings, or you could reset the settings with a switch or jumper on the motherboard.

How many SATA ports are there on the motherboard? They usually go in pairs and one controller handles two ports. So if there are only two SATA ports it 'could' be a defective controller. If there are more than two ports, it wouldn't be likely that more than one controller had failed.

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