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    Non-detection of SATA drives on 1st boot

    When I boot my recently built PC (A8V/3200+/2x512MB/7600GS) it fails to recognise the SATA HD and DVD drives - after a reset, it finds them
    Is this a common problem, ie. easily rectifyable?

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    I've had this a few times - I just put the sata drives higher up the boot order and it fixed it for me. Try playing about with your various BIOS options.

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    The HD is 1st, I'll check what the DVD drive is set to

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    I was having this problem with my DVD burner for a while, turns out it failed shortly after so I put it down to that. Could also be a PSU struggling to supply everything thats connected, you get any other odd problems, random reboots, artifacts in games etc?

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    no other problems - the drives are new and seem to work fine after a reboot - ran HL2 and all seems very well
    PSU is a new Tagan 380W
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    Hmm, doesnt sound like a powerful PSU, I know the tagan stuff is good but you *could* be cutting it awful fine if you have multiple sata drives and dvd drives along with the 7600. Maybe see if you can borrow a more powerful PSU from someone the check.

    I'm not certain on the power draws from those components, its just I wouldnt be comfortable using a 380w for those components.

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    ...all with no overclocking

    380W is enough by a long shot
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    Yeh the PSU should be fine though it would be a question of whether it is faulty or not if you where to question the PSU. I wouldn't suspect the PSU to be honest.

    You don't have anything in your BIOS set to have RAID enabled do you?
    Also are you running the latest BIOS version?

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    ah - latest BIOS... never done that before

    /me goes to Asus website
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    Quote Originally Posted by k0nigen View Post
    When I boot my recently built PC (A8V/3200+/2x512MB/7600GS) it fails to recognise the SATA HD and DVD drives - after a reset, it finds them
    Is this a common problem, ie. easily rectifyable?

    Cheers
    I had that with a similar sort of board. In the BIOS I set the HD to SCSSI and it worked!

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    Its worth checking your sata cables, they're a bit grumpy sometimes !! The lockable ones are good !!
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    I'll try Giraffe's suggestion, although I don't think I saw anywhere to select the SATA drive types...

    The cables are the lockable type, and they do work - just not on the first boot
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    I've updated the BIOS - no change
    Also: there's no option to select type of device on SATA ports

    I'm puzzled...
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    I'll join you in puzzlement, unless its just a general problem with those boards I cant think of any other reasonable explanation for it to do that.

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    If there is a "HDD Spin up delay" option in your BIOS, try setting it to something like 5 secs.
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    Have you checked the drive to see if it's healthy? Sounds like the drives not spinning up on time. On SCSI drives there used to be jumper to delay startup so might be worth checking the drive for this, also is the drive SATA2 and what is the mobo capable of, if only SATA1 and there's a jumper to bring it down to SATA1 it might be worth trying that.

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