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#1 markgui


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 09:10 AM

I purchased a cpu and motherboard (cpu-Intel dual core e5400) (Motherboard Elite Group G41-TM)
I have checked and rechecked all connections and appear to be connected properly, however when I try to power the system up it enters the bio setup and only detects CD ROM drive and keeps saying hard drive not detected. Hard drive is a sata Seagate 100gb. I even attempted to reformat but it still says Hard drive not detected. I am at a loss at what to try next, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 MrBruce1959


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 11:15 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

Here is a link to your support web site.


This is linked to the download of your owners manual.

To properly enter your BIOS setup utility.

At boot up, press and hold the DEL or DELETE key on your keyboard.

You should now enter your BIOS setup utility.

Under Intergrated peripherals look for OnBoard SATA Controller (Enhanced)
This item allows you to enable or disable the onboard SATA controller.

Make sure this is set to enabled.

Under standard CMOS setup make sure you go down the list of SATA drive channels such as SATA 1 SATA 2 and hi-lite each and hit the enter key, this allows you to manipulate each field and make changes. Make sure DMA or Ultra DMA is enabled, DMA is faster than any PIO setting.

Here's an example of this menu.


Date Thu 05/21/2009
Time 14 :13 :26
Primary IDE Master Not Detected
Primary IDE Slave Not Detected
SATA1 Hard Disk
SATA2 Not Detected
SATA3 Not Detected
SATA4 Not Detected
IDE BusMaster Enabled

Exit and save all settings by pressing your F10 key, this brings up the option to save changes to CMOS and exit.

On another note, the boot sequence for hard drives can be changed in the ADVANCE SETUP MENU.

1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device (Hard Disk Drive/CD/DVD/Removable Dev.)

Use this item to determine the device order the computer used to look for an
operating system to load at start-up time. The devices showed here will be different
depending on the exact devices installed on your motherboard.

If you need further assistance use the owners manual I linked you to above.


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