SATA ports not working for HD

Asus /
June 18, 2011 at 08:25:32
Specs: Windows 7, Intel C8200
SATA ports work for DVD drive but not consistantly for HDs. Have 6 ports, 1-4 will not work with HD. 5 and 6 sometimes will recognize HD but not always. When I can boot into Win 7, USB ports are only recognized as 1.1, cannot connect to router by hardwire or wireless, and McAfee Virus scan will not turn on. SeaTools passes both HD when they are recognized, but not always recognized. Have run Stinger from Safe Mode and found no viruses. Any suggestions? System is ASUS CM5570 A006 running Windows 7. The problem with USB started about a week ago and the SATA problem only two days ago.

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June 18, 2011 at 08:56:50

Judging from this review, you have a support problem and hardware issues. Keep in mind all vendors have had a product that the market doesn't like. It doesn't mean all of their products are bad.

A 300 watt power supply is a bit small, but adequate. Get a power supply checker and test it. If good, I would get a new mainboard that supports the cpu and memory.
One of these may do the job:
I'd go with one of the Best rated boards.

If you have the funds, get a power supply too. Something along this line:

Might peruse the posts here on building a new PC. Good information.

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June 18, 2011 at 16:24:05
If you purchased it from a major retailer, especially if it is still under warranty, demand a new computer and try to insist that they give you an equivalent from a different manufacturer or credit so you can purchase a better one.
Back up your files first to an external drive or DVD's.
If this is not possible or does not work, you have the option of purchasing components or just replacing it depending on your budget and/or skill level. It sounds like the system was built from the cheapest components available possibly made in a country with less tech base than China (Korea? Cambodia?) --- just a guess.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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