?
Solved

Motherboard SATA ports non-functioning

Posted on 2013-12-10
6
Medium Priority
?
388 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I'm using an Asus P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) (Socket 1155) motherboard, which is two years old.  Today, the two optical drives disappeared from My Computer in Windows 7.  Booting into BIOS, those drives are no longer detected.  There are four SATA-3 ports and two SATA-6 ports on the motherboard.  None of the SATA-3 ports is working (anything I connect there is not detected in BIOS).  If I connect a SATA DVD drive to either SATA-6 port, it works.  However, there are four SATA devices installed, so I need two of those SATA-3 ports.  Must I replace the motherboard, or is there another possible solution?
0
Comment
Question by:ddantes
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
ChloesDad earned 1000 total points
ID: 39710037
If you have spare slots you can get internal SATA adapter cards

Like this one (used as an example, I'm not suggesting that you buy this one)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-Port-Express-Internal-Controller/dp/B001BHQSA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386714222&sr=8-1&keywords=internal+sata+card
0
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:David
ID: 39710054
Read the manual for the motherboard. Typically depending on RAID & AHCI settings some ports are active, others are disabled.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ddantes
ID: 39710110
Thank you both for your comments.  Regarding the suggestion to install a SATA controller card, there are two PCI Express 16 slots available.   Products which I find online are described as having Interface PCI Express x1 or Express x2.  Are these compatible with the slot in the motherboard?
0
Flexible connectivity for any environment

The KE6900 series can extend and deploy computers with high definition displays across multiple stations in a variety of applications that suit any environment. Expand computer use to stations across multiple rooms with dynamic access.

 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:David
ID: 39710113
Yes.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ddantes
ID: 39710121
Thanks to both Experts.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ddantes
ID: 39723085
I installed the SATA controller card, connected the two DVD drives, and everything works.  Happy Holidays!
0

Featured Post

Manage your data center from practically anywhere

The KN8164V features HD resolution of 1920 x 1200, FIPS 140-2 with level 1 security standards and virtual media transmissions at twice the speed. Built for reliability, the KN series provides local console and remote over IP access, ensuring 24/7 availability to all servers.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article is a cursory discussion of Intel SpeedStep Technology (SpeedStep) and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST).  The goal is more to illuminate what these technologies are and are not.  The detail of how each technology works is not a…
Computer running slow? Taking forever to open a folder, documents, or any programs that you didn't have an issue with before? Here are a few steps to help speed it up. The programs mentioned below ALL have free versions, you can buy them if you w…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.

801 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question