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Pegatron M2N78-LA Sata Controller Does not find Hard drive or CDrom

The computer boots the HP Screen and Freezes.  I have spent 3 days diagnosing the problem. I am unable to enter any option; F10, F9, F11, esc. Screen says version 5.03

 

If I disconnect the sata connections, I am able to enter the setup (F10) or run a diagnostics (F9).  Daignostics says good processor and memory. No HDD connected and ends testing.

 

I tried to do a fresh install with a Win 7 disk in the CD, but the Sata controller locks up and I get the message no bootable device detected.

 

My question: Is there a work around for this mother board? for example, using a pci sata raid controller? my research shows that the sata raid controller has to have the windows software installed first. 

 

Special NOTE: the bios does not offer usb boot only CD, HDD, or Floppy (even though there is no floppy on the system) 

 

 

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Pegatron M2N78-LA Sata Controller Does not find Hard drive or CDrom

What HP model # do you have (just for the record I am keeping)?

If the attempted fresh install started the format process the OS is likely damaged. You will not know until you try

this proven Sata controller card. Rather than repost all that I said, I will offer you the link.

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