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10-23-2009 03:59 PM
Hey everybody, I've got a little issue here. Let me give some background to the problem.. About a week ago, I turned on my computer (no new hardware or software installed prior to shutdown, nor were there any updates for Windows installed) only to have it boot up to a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left-hand corner. I've heard of this before and assumed it had something to do with a bad MBR, so I went and got my Win7 disc and popped it in. I went through all the normal steps such as attempting automatic recovery, working with "bcdedit" and "bootrec" commands in WindowsRE, etc., but to no avail. I actually started a thread on TechNet (viewable here) but was unable to solve the problem. I ended up purchasing a new hard drive (a Western Digital WD2500BEVS) and, upon installing it, attempted to install Windows. Windows reported that the hard drive wasn't set to boot from in BIOS. Well, I thought that was a little strange so I checked BIOS myself. Indeed, I had set the DVD-ROM drive as the first to boot. I didn't think that should've stopped me from installing onto the hard drive, but I figured I'd change it just to make Microsoft happy. I set the hard drive as the first boot device, restarted, and "Esc'd" into the boot options. I chose my DVD-ROM drive so the installation would start up, and waited for everything to get going. I got to the same point as last time and, once again, was given the same error. "Alright, maybe I need put a partition on the drive" I thought. I went ahead and set up the partition table and put one NTFS partition on the drive using a GParted LiveCD. Same error. At this point I decided to do some poking around in BIOS. I tried checking the status of the hard drive using S.M.A.R.T., but it failed to initialize.. not a good sign. It was at this point that I decided to disable "Native SATA Support" in BIOS (or at least I think that's what it was called. I can't get to BIOS at the moment) in hopes that reverting back to ATA mode would correct the issue.
I'm installing Windows 7 as we speak. My question is this- has my SATA controller failed? And if so, what do I do now? I'm sure there's going to be a performance hit by stepping down to ATA speeds, but is it significant enough that I should sent my laptop in to be repaired. Is it even a repairable problem? Did I even correctly diagnose the problem?
I'm using a HP DV6130us with Phoenix BIOS (Revision F.28 I believe), 2GB of RAM, the 250GB Hard Drive mentioned above, Windows 7 RTM, and an extended capacity battery (not that that really matters). Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!!
10-24-2009 05:29 AM