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 Post subject: Computer freezups, seemingly caused by my SATA hardware...
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:06 am 
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Hi guys, I'm in a really deparate situation here. I think that the SATA controller built into my Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev 2.0 is screwed up.

My whole computer works fine right up until I plug in my Seagate 160GB SATA drive into the Silicon Image 3112A SATA RAID copntroller built into my mobo. Then my comp just totally freezes up and my SATA drive makes noises as if it might be trying to read/write, but it's timing out (there are repaditive clicking noises).

I think (or should I say hope) it's not my HD's fault, since it worked just fine yesterday. I have reason to belieave it's the controller because over the last few weeks I've been plagued by terrible mobo problems that seem to have all been resolved, except for the whole freezup with the SATA controller thing.

Here's my comp's specs:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev 2.0 with ver. 1007 BIOS (newest)
AthlonXP 2500+
2x256MB Corsair XMS PC-3200 RAM chips in Dual-Chanell config
Saphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Seagate 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST3160023AS
45GB and 80GB ATA133 (?) drives on IDE0
Plextor 16x CD-RW and Pioneer DVR-105 DVD-RW on IDE1


P.S. On a side note, my Radeon 9800 Pro has been getting REALLY hot, even though I'm not OCing it. Can anyone suggest a good, powerful video chipset cooler?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:47 am 
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Quickly check jumper SATA_EN1 and make sure the stint is still on pins 1 & 2. Just to get that out of the way:p

The Manual also says that "Hot plug support for S/ATA drive and connections are not available on this board". For starters, this tells me that the S/ATA may not be native, meaning it needs a driver. Try to update the driver for the chipset, controller, and I guess for the drive. Then I have to ask if you're plugging and unplugging the controller "hot". And just a curiosity weather you are using a S/ATA power cable on that drive along with the data cable. Juuuuust wondering, that's all :wink:

I've also heard bad things happening with WinXP SP2. If you reply that you've downloaded SP2, I'll dig in further to see if this has anything to do with your problem.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:13 pm 
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Ok, here goes:

I checked the SATA_EN1 jumper and it's definitely (note that it is spelled correctly) on pins 1&2.

I hadn't noticed the "hot plug support not supported" thing in the manual, so I'll stop doing that. But the problem is even worse if I connect the drive before booting my computer up. If I do, Windows never even gets to the loading screen, where it's got that blue bar that scrolls across the screen and the Windows XP logo.

The drive is plugged in with a serial ATA power cable which is extended off a regular 4-pin power cable coming from my power supply.

I am running XP SP2, but if that turns out to be the problem, reformatting back to Win2k would be a perfectly do-able solution.

Thanx so much for the reply! I hope you can help me work this out.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:22 pm 
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OT but, why is everyone adding the spelling thing after the word 'definitely'?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:24 pm 
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cigar3tte wrote:
OT but, why is everyone adding the spelling thing after the word 'definitely'?


Because it's spelled correctly :wink:

Hint
Try spelling it incorrectly


Last edited by One4yu2c on Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:25 pm 
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What the heck? Did someone go in and edit my post, fixing my "definitely (note that it is spelled correctly)" ? That seems kinda odd...


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:25 pm 
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Wait, it does it automatically.... weird.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:03 pm 
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it does it automatically if you spell it wrong i think.

which is why i never saw it on my posts. :D

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