Is it possible to test a SATA controller or chipset for problems? I think that’s what’s causing my PC to lock up AS SOON AS I connect AC power after installing a new WD1002FAEX in my PC.
Apologies for length but I’ve tried a bunch of things - so I’m sharing :smileyvery-happy:
I bought a Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive and:
- power down, disconnect AC power, wait for LED to go dark
- connect new HD SATA & power cables
- reconnect AC power
- case/cpu fans start, then immediately stop and case power LED lights and stays lit
- press case power button but nothing happens
- press & hold case power button - - - but nothing happens
7. disconnect AC power, wait for LED to go off; then reconnect AC and the PC boots without me even touching the power button.
Details & Other Things I’ve Trie** d**
- Acer Aspire M1200 motherboard RS740DVF
- BIOS R03-B3 03/02/09 American Megatrends Inc.
- Existing HDs: Western Digital 1TB WD10EADS Caviar Green SATA2, 1TB WD1001FALS Caviar Black SATA2
- New HD: Western Digital 1TB WD1002FAEX Caviar Black SATA3
- Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
I have a 2nd PC with the same motherboard (bought 1 month after the 1st) running Win8 Customer Preview and it has no problems connecting/powering up and recognizing & working with the WD1002FAEX. Same motherboard, same BIOS.
Since my main PC completely locks up and the 2nd one runs fine, I’m pretty certain it’s the motherboard or more specifically the SATA controller or chipset - but I thought I’d ask some Experts before making my next move.
Note: the currently installed SATA2 WD1001FALS was sent to me from WD as a replacement for the original SATA3 WD1002FAEX that failed - they did not have any available of the SATA3 at that time. WD sent me a recertified WD1002FAEX last week, but it would not work as described. This new replacement - a brand new, not recertified WD1002FAEX - arrived today. Same results, the PC locks up (as described).