|My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1_x86, OEM System Builder Pack. Genuine copy of Windows, legally registered and activated. The activation problem only appeared when I switched to AHCI mode, everything was OK before that.|
When I switched to AHCI mode, the system also automatically switched the IDE/ATA/ATAPI controllers from Intel 5 Series SATA Storage Controllers to the system's Standard AHCI 1.0 SATA Controllers. I noticed the Seagate hard drive icon appeared on the Notification Area & when clicked, a tooltip appears which read "Safely Remove Hardware & Eject Media" which is normally associated when a USB Flash drive is inserted. But why a hard drive icon in a notification area? Odd and unusual. And on top of that, in Control Panel's Devices and Printers window under Devices section, added are the 2 optical drives and the hard drive along with the attached USB devices. I figured this wasn't right so I thought of updating the system's Standard AHCI 1.0 SATA Controllers to the latest Intel's Rapid Storage Technology Controller & driver which is supported by my Asus m'board. I've read on many articles updating the drivers usually does the trick and it did. Icon in the notification area along with the added items in the 'Devices' area all disappeared and I thought went well. And that's when i noticed the game discs & the activation problem. Updating did
resolve the problems but managed to come up with new ones. If this issue can't be fix, I have no alternative but to revert to it's default IDE state. I won't use this desktop on either controllers with issues.