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I am having the same issue. Can you provide a link to the cooling fan / heat sink solution? many thanks

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Hii HPElite:

 

I understand that your motherboard is not recognizing your SATA drive.There are six main reasons why a system BIOS will not detect the presence of an internal hard drive.  Here is a list of them.  They are not in any particular order, but you can follow these steps one by one to troubleshoot this problem:
Drive not enabled in the BIOS
Serial ATA drivers are not properly installed

Faulty or unplugged data cable
Drive is not spinning up
Incorrect jumper settings on the drive
Faulty hard drive

I am sending you a link to "About SATA Drives and Controllers" that I think may help.clcik here.

What brand of hard drive do you have. Each manufacture's website should have some additional information that you could check.

If you require further assistance please reply back with the name of the hard drive manufacture and I will research it  further for you.

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As first reported in 2009, the basic problem with the M2N78-LA motherboards was a faulty batch of NVidia Sata controller chips. You can read through all 34 pages of text, and glean, as I did, anything worthy. There are 2 remedies that were mentioned, ie attaching a heatsink with fan (similiar to) this. The other was a specific sata controller PCIE card.

 

Sidebar: HPElite, your actual computer is the M9517c.

Again, to recap the issue:

That series motherboard was installed in many different models of HP computers. It is fraught with problems.  http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/m8530f-desktop-PC-with-a-m2n78-la-mother-board-doesn-...

Reported models with M2N78LA boards that have failed. This is not the complete list.

a4316f e9140f p5210y p6130y p6142p p6157c p6210f (Voilet) p6210y p6214c p6214y p6310y p632Violet6

p6320y  a6720y  m8530 f m9120y  m9350f  m9517cVIOLET  m9530f  m9840sc Slimline s5360f Violet 6

 

05/26/2012 from the file:

Well, there is a work-around, but it comes with a few caveats.

The "solution" is to use a HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-e to SATA  adapter and plug the HD and DVD into that. It has bootable support. I just did this on an HP Pavilion p6210y system.The card should cost between $25-$30. http://www.amazon.ca/HighPoint-Rocket620-SATA-PCI-Express-Controller/dp/B002VEWBGO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF...

 

Now, here are the caveats I've found so far:

1) The Rocket 620 only has 2 SATA ports. If all you want is to get the PC up and running again, your machine will boot up and be "normal" again. Windows 7 should have no issue with the Rocket 620. There may be some issues with XP and Windows 2003.

2) You will not be able to boot from CD/DVD. This is not a big deal, if your OS is intact, or your recovery partition is intact. If not, then you're in for problems.

3) Data transfer rate will probably be slower than the onboard ports.

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A few months ago, I thought my hard drive was bad and had just installed a  new Seagate drive (some model) and reinstalled Windows and everything worked fine for 3 weeks - then one day - the system completely *lost* view of my hard drive and cd..... so I order the Rocket based on another person's suggestion - pointing to this post because I have the tainted motherboard listed...and that is where I am now. 

 

IN any case,   I just installed the Rocket 620A Dual Port SATA PCI-Express 2.0 Host adapter and connected my hard drive and cd to it.  However, I can't get windows to come up - I can see a blue screen flash with some text on the screen shortly after I turn the computer on or after I click to ""start windows".  The system will then go to a screen that says Windows failed to start.  It allows me to try SAFE Boot, etc....  When I go to the System Recovery screen.... diags show the drive and everything is fine - but the thing will not boot up.    Are there some settings on my drive (dip switches) or something that I need to configure elsewhere to get this working?  Also, do I need to have the hard drive connected in a particular port?  I currently have it in the port that is to the right when I look directly at the end of the Rocket where the 2 ports are located. 

 

Is there a trick to use to try to see what flashed quickly on the screen - I think that will tell me the problem - but it just flashes and I can't read it.

 

 Any help appreciated.  Thanks,  Cathy

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Makinbacon,

 

Regarding the MASSCOOL PCI Card, 4 internal SATA Model XWT-RC040

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815280003&cm_re=sata_controller-_-15-280-003-_...

 

The PCI SATA Controller above which Makinbacon mentioned only supports SATA 1.  What version of SATA does this motherboard support? If it's supports SATA 2 or SATA 3 there will have a downgrade in speed, but I think SATA 1 may be fast enough.

 

The HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express Controller Card supports SATA III, however it uses a PCI Express slot which means you won't be able to use that slot for anything else such as a Graphics card.

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Your problem is unlikley SATA speed as the card supports 6GB/sec.

"The Rocket 600 Series is the low-cost SATA 6Gb/s Non-RAID host adaptors that are industry standard AHCI( Advanced Host Controller Interface) compliant. They deliver Out-of-the-Box Ready and support operating systems such as ( windows vista, windows 7, Linux, and FreeBSD)".  Source link

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