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sata controler on motherboard faulty

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Hi guys, I have an HP with a faulty sata controller (I think) its not picking up any sata devices, hdd or cd / dvd drive.

my question is if I buy a pci sata card would I be able to use that to run windows from?

thanks
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by:Scott C
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Sure that should work fine.  Is it just the one port on the MB that's not working or is it multiple ones?

I would be concerned that part of your motherboard seems to have failed and would watch carefully for other issues.

Be sure to back up your important data to prevent loss if the rest of your system goes.
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by:pgm554
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Depends,,I've seen some servers not being able to boot with an external SATA card installed as a boot device.

Dell especially.
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by:noxcho
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Reconsider one more time your approach. It could happen that you first buy PCI controller and then you cold have to buy new mobo as well. Best to replace the motherboard.
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by:nobus
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i assume you tested all sata ports?
and enabled / disabled them from the bios, and tried all their settings ?  (AHCI, IDE, Raid, compatible, Sata )
one of them may lurk it in operation
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by:andyalder
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You have an HP what? They make a huge range of kit and withoug knowing what you have it may not have anything connected to SATA although the CD is normally on it.
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by:IACubed Helpdesk
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hp pro 3015 mt
i have ordered and fitted a pci sata card. it picks up the drive when i go into the raid utility on the card but not in the pc bios. do i need to do something to make it book from the pci card? i cant see any option on the pc bios to do this. maybe i need to unlock the bios?

thanks for your help so far
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by:nobus
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if youy want to boot from the pci card, it must provide that function

does it have that option?
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by:IACubed Helpdesk
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in the pc bios? not that i can see. i was told to be able ot boot from the pci card that the pci card needed a bios, which it does.

what happnes is the pc turns on, i press F10 to go into the bios, before he bios comes up i get the pci card looking for drives, which it finds. it then loads the pc bios but has not detected any drives. i have switched of sata on the board but still nothing.

any ideas?
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by:nobus
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what card is it?  the boot option should be in it's specs
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by:pgm554
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The should be a boot order in the HP BIOS.

Look for boot devices,there may be something like external SCSI card displayed.

If the BIOS  doesn't have that option,you may not be able to boot that controller.

The BIOS onboard that SATA controller has nothing to do with the boot process.

You may need to disable the onboard SATA controller for that server.
c01919415.pdf
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by:IACubed Helpdesk
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ok so I got this far:

I can get the raid to showup in the bios under HDD group boot priority. still no drive showing up thought. this only shows up when I create a raid, if I try without building an array then nothing shows up in the bios.

I try to install windows 7 or 8 and when it asks for the raid driver I insert the driver cd but it doesn't find anything.

should I just call it a day?
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by:IACubed Helpdesk
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I should just note I was just able to install Linux onto the pc with no issues. it picked up the up the drives right away. so must the windows raid driver causing the issues. I cant check on xp as don't have a floppy drive but when I get one ill test it
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by:pgm554
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Are we talking the new controller or the on board SATA?

If it's the onboard controller and you have W7 32 bit,you need the driver from HP.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=4047697&prodNameId=4047701&swEnvOID=4054&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=vc-76016-1
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by:IACubed Helpdesk
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the onboard controller is completely dead. its the pci card. I should note Linux installation failed when trying to setup bootloader. dose this shed any light ?
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by:nobus
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i'll ask again : what card is it?
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a couple of notes : this board is for 32 bit - is that your OS ?
it does not mention booting from it - but that can be mentioned in the manual; verify it
pist your findings
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