Hi, I've had trouble booting, hopefully I can at least get some advice
- Most often I get get stuck at the "loading operating system..." after the mobo splash screen.
- Sometimes it gets to the windows loading screen with an empty progress bar and hangs (when this happens I have to run startup repair after force-restarting)
- Sometimes everything boots fine, but my second harddrive doesn't come up
- Sometimes everything boots fine, but the second harddrive disappears after about 10 minutes
- Sometimes (only today) after "loading operating system" it says "disk read error, press ctrl+alt+delete to restart" This I find the most worrying.
- A few of the USB ports on the back stopped working
- After I used system restore from the windows start-up repair, a bunch of firefox plugins broke (worked on reinstallation) and my notification area keeps filling up with blank icons that disappear when I roll over them. One of the weirder errors I've ever gotten.
I've replaced the SATA cables, so I'm sure it's not that. I don't think the issue is the drives themselves because everything works fine once I've booted, so I think it's the motherboard. I tried moving around which sata on the mobo the drives are connected to (they're not in RAID so it shouldn't matter right?), and got varying results. I bought the pc from ibuypower almost 2 years ago (parts warranty ran out after 1 year, labor runs out 1 year from now). It's $75 to ship it each way, so I'm trying to avoid that. Any advice is appreciated!!
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium
1 x Processor AMD FX-6100 CPU (6x 3.30GHz/6MB L2 Cache)
1 x Memory 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance
1 x Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - Single Card
1 x Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 -- AMD 990FX w/ 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16
1 x Power Supply 500 Watt - Corsair CX500 V2
1 x Primary Hard Drive Corsair Force GT 120 gb
1 x Data Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive - WDC WD 10EALX-009BA0
1 x Optical Drive 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black