|I must disagree OtheHill. A disk controller error indicates an error with the hard disk itself as that is where the disk controller is situated, not on the motherboard. The socket on the motherboard, be it PATA or SATA is nothing more than an interface to the North-bridge chip. This seems to be a fairly common error with Compaq computers as a quick Google will indicate.|
On PATA or SATA disk the disk controller is actually on the hard disk itself. Thats where the IDE comes from; Integrated Device Electronics. The controller is integrated within the device itself unlike SCUSI drives which do have a seperate controller.