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What Hard Disk Controller can I put in my Envy 810-150se

Envy 810-150se
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Ny HP Envy 810-150se will not boot. It shows the post screen and then goes dark and shows the post screen again and again. I don't think it is finding the HDs. It passes all tests but simply will not find a HD. I have tried 3 different HDs and it just does not see them so I'm thinking the onboard HD controller is done.

 

I was wondering if I could put in an HD controller card in the open slot in the PC and boot from that. If it will work what tpe of controller should I get? I don't know if this is PCIe or some other type of bus.

 

Suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks,

 

Jones

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@rschlierbeck

 

Machins uses SATA 3 (or SATA III) which is 6Gbs. Its specs

 

     https://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c04006921

 

I don't think you can replace the controller because it is one part of the system board (motherboard).

 

Regards.

 

 

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If I plug in a new controller in a PCI slot won't it try to boot fom that controller? If not what about replacing the main board? seems irresponsible to throw the whole machine away.

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Sounds like possible but I have not tried/tested it. Sorry.

 

Hope other members read this post and have some ways to help.

 

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I've been playing around with the computer some more and now I'm not sure that it is a hardware problem. When I run the diagnostics or even the computer setup it sees the hard drives. This machine has a RAID controller and I can swap in either drive from the mirrored array and the computer will see it in the set up. 

 

The problem comes after the POST. I see the POST delay message and then the screen goes blank and the POST runs again. This will go on as long as Iet it.

 

Incedentally this probal started right after my last Windows update. The computer said it needed to reboot to complete and that was the end of it. Might I have a corrupt BIOS? I don't see a way to update the BIOS except through Windows which  can't boot into.  Are there any troubleshooting steps I can do to determine if the PC has a corrupt BIOS or if there is some other way to recover? 

 

Thanks,

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> Incidentally, this [problem] started right after my last Windows update.

> [Windows] said it needed to reboot to complete

> that was the end of it.

 

Sigh. Windows Update must have corrupted the file-system on the disk-drive inside your computer.

 

So, when rebooting, Windows "crashes", and automatically restarts, crashes, restart, crashes, restarts, ....

 

> Might I have a corrupt BIOS?

 

Maybe.  The odds are over 100-to-1 -- more than 99% of the time, one has a corrupted file-system on the disk-drive, not a corrupted BIOS.

 

> I don't see a way to update the BIOS except through Windows which  can't boot into. 

 

True.  But, in your case, updating the BIOS is UNLIKELY to fix your problem.

 

> Are there any troubleshooting steps I can do

> to determine if the PC has a corrupt BIOS or if there is some other way to recover? 

 

1. Physically remove the current disk-drive, set it aside, and label it.

Purchase & connect a brand-new disk-drive, and reinstall Windows. 

If it installs successfully, the BIOS is OK, and there is no need to "update the BIOS".

 

2. Physically remove the current disk-drive, and connect it as a "secondary" disk-drive in some other computer.

Run the "check-disk" ('CHKDSK') utility against the file-system on that disk-drive, to find/fix any problems.

 

 

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> I don't think you can replace the controller because it is one part of the system board (motherboard).

 

True.

 

But, Other Persons on this forum have added a PCI-E adapter card, to add SATA ports, and to connect a SSD to one of those SATA ports, because a recent BIOS-update to the HP motherboard caused the motherboard to *NOT* allow an SSD to be connected.


Before that "bad" BIOS update, the SSD was recognized and supported.

After that "bad" BIOS update, the SSD was not recognized.

 

They were able to boot from the SSD, accessed through the add-in adapter - no devices (CD/DVD, disk-drives) were connected to the "onboard" controller. 

 

So, while it was not PHYSICALLY replaced, its functionality was LOGICALLY superceded by the add-in adapter.

 

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