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Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA problem-no boot

By scotto_10 ·
I have one 320GB Western Digital SATA HD in an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard. The POST screen will lists the drive and I can get into the RAID Configuration (although I can't do anything with it-I have only one drive) I am using this drive as a large capacity storage drive and will therefore keep my 80GB IDE drive as the boot drive. When I boot the PC with the SATA cable attached to the drive, I get a good post and then a blank screen. It will not boot at all. When I unplug just the SATA cable, the PC boots normally. I installed the supplied drivers for the SATA controller and flash with the latest BIOS too. I called Asus and they were very curt and unhelpful. They said "RMA it if you want to". I don't have time for that right now. This question is very simliar to this post but the answer didn't seem to be there:

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by Absolutely In reply to Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA ...

I do not have that board, but when my Soyo board offers RAID Configuration options after POST, it means that the BIOS is set to treat the respective channels as RAID, which would prevent you from using any connected drives other than as RAID. You need to enter BIOS and switch your SATA controllers from RAID to "normal" mode somewhere. I can't tell you anything better than this option is probably in your main BIOS, since the option is built into your mainboard.

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by willcomp In reply to Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA ...

There was a similar question posed on another help site that I was involved in. Some older SATA controllers have problems with data throughput on SATA II drives. If you have an SATA II WD drive, place jumper across pins 5 and 6 and see if that corrects problem.

Jumper limits data transfer to 150 Mb/sec or asme as original SATA spec.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA ...

What it sounds like is happening is that when you attach the SATA drive it defaults to the primary drive and stops Windows looking for the Boot files on the IDE drive.

The best option is to wipe the SATA drive and leave it blank and the see if Windows will boot if it will you should then be able to format the SATA drive through the control pannel/administrative tools/computer management and then the drive management all you should need to do is right click on the unformatted drive and chose the format command in the drop down list.

If you can not boot with a blank SATA drive you will need to do a couple of things firstly read the M'Board book to make sure that you do not have the SATA drive connected to a hard wired default drive connector and then go into the BIOS and change the boot sequence so that the IDE drive is the primary boot device or if you have a floppy installed the floppy first then the IDE drive and a CD/DVD drive the SATA drive should not be on the list at all and if it is you can remove it from the list and only have 3 primary boot devices but in the A drive IDE drive and CD/DVD ROM drive order and depending on the specs of you're M'Board setting a jumper on the SATA drive might be a very good idea to limit the speed that it can transfer data at. Refer to Dalton's response for a fix for that item.

Lets know how you get on.


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by alexid12 In reply to Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA ...

Wow, this sounds familiar...I have an a7n8x-e_deluxe with a Barton running at 3200+ with 1gb GEIL low latency ram. All was running fine with a single Raptor on for the system drive and 2 EIDE drives for storage. I recently bought a WD 320GB S-ATA drive to replace one of the 2 EIDE storage drives. I did a clean install of Win XP Pro and did the F6 to load the SATA drivers from floppy. It boots fine but now I get blue screen often saying that windows is shutting down to avoid harm to my components. When it reboots, it goes thru bios and s-ata check (recognizing the 74gb raptor and 320gb) goes thru the quick sroll of IRQ settings and then goes to blank screen when the Windows Boot screen should appear. It stays blank and the hard drive light is a constant ON. If I reset it will do the same problem. I have to shutdown and turn off PS for a min and then it will boot up.....until the next crash. I have all the nforce drivers and video drivers installed. I have the raptor on SATA-1 since its the boot. I cant diagnose what the problem is. Any help?

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by scotto_10 In reply to Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe SATA ...

OK, I finally had time to RMA the board (I have been out of the Country a lot). All I had to do was put it all together and it worked. It WAS a bad SATA chipset all along. I hate it when I go so long pulling hair out troubleshooting when there is ultimately nothing you can do to fix it short of replacement.

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