A78NX Deluxe + Maxtor 80gb SATA Drive Issues

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Matt, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Ok

    Managed to get my system up and running after a few teething troubles
    (mainly a dodgy graphics card). Now I seem to have the mother of all
    problems.

    Basically I'm getting random checkdisks on boot up (usually from cold boot)
    on my serial ata drive. This seems to be happening more and more frequently
    so I'm reluctant to turn the machine off at the moment. I'm not RAIDing my
    disk (as I have only one) so I dont think its the RAID 0 data corruption
    issue thats been doing the rounds on this forum.

    This morning when I booted, the 'Press F4 for RAID Configuration' bit during
    boot failed to detect my HD and windows didn't boot. The second time it
    picked it up it got further but windows failed to boot and the 3rd time I
    managed to get in.

    I also had a BSOD last week which was something to do with NTFS.SYS. This
    left me unable to boot, safe mode, recover, ERD Command or anything so I was
    left with no choice but to fdisk and start all over again.

    I'm thinking dodgy HD... but I wanna know what you guys think.

    Matt

    Athlon Xp 2600+
    Asus A78NX Dx 2.0
    Asus Geforce FX 5600 Ultra
    Maxtor 80Gb SATA (7200, 8Mb Cache)
    512Mb Crucial 2700

    Some other stuff
     
    Matt, Jul 12, 2003
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  2. Matt

    Ixnei Guest

    I'd be suspicious of the cable also.

    I've had flaky issues with hard drives and CD Roms related to cables not
    quite doing the trick. Particularly if the cable was plugged into one
    device, then plugged into a different one (tolerances).

    They'd work fine most of the time, but over time flake in and out (maybe
    temp flexing).

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    Ixnei, Jul 12, 2003
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  3. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I'd be suspicious of the cable also.
    Well I have a spare so I'll give that a try - reluctant to turn off my
    machine to do it however...!
     
    Matt, Jul 12, 2003
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  4. Matt

    Matt Guest

    So far so good... but I've only restarted my pc and not cold booted it yet.
     
    Matt, Jul 12, 2003
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  5. Matt

    Matt Guest

    3 cold boots and no errors at the moment. The proof will be when I start it
    tomorrow.. always seems to happen then..
     
    Matt, Jul 12, 2003
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  6. Matt

    Nom Guest

    You are experiencing the SATA corruption issue.
    It's well documented, and has been fixed. Go and check out some forums.

    1. Flash the very latest "SATA Enhanced" UBER BIOS for your board, from
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/michael.mcclay/
    2. Reformat all your drives
    3. Reinstall WinXP, with the .29 SATA drivers - get em from me at
    http://web.newsguy.com/nomnet/silicon_v10029.zip
    4. Problem solved
     
    Nom, Jul 16, 2003
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  7. Matt

    Sam Guest

    Just curious... what are the advantages of using the UBER BIOS over the one
    from the ASUS site?

    Sam
     
    Sam, Jul 21, 2003
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  8. Matt

    Nom Guest

    The SATA Enhanced one, comes with a more modern SATA BIOS.
     
    Nom, Jul 23, 2003
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