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Hello looking for some advice on a st3160022ace on a a7n8x-vm

Hi i have a problem where my post-bios halts when i connect my seagate 160gb st3160022ace pata HD, it detects the HD but after it checks the S.M.A.R.T and passes it halts... also even if i manually set the PIO 4 and UDMA 5 it forces a different PIO & UDMA 2... i ran the seagate seatools and it passes the S.M.A.R.T but fails all the DST tests... i have another computer that its MB is a msi 694t pro that has absolutly no problems running the HD even though the the tests dont pass... i had it about 80% full of backup data and have been sorting and moving the data without a single problem or even any hesitation, i dont have any idea why it would run fine in a older system and have such a persistant problem on the newer MB with higher fsb & processor speed ive tried installing a new bios rev. with no luck at all ofcourse. why would the disk have good data integrity and no lost data packets on transfer but fail the DST tests and work without flaw in the msi, and wont even pass bios initialization and autodetect...
any info or even better yet... a solution would be greatly apreciated.

Post. Script. also while its halted it still responds to num lock & so on...

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  • omega_1_80 Nov 30, 2008

    Hi sorry it took me a while to get back to answer your sugestion... actually it is a (80-pin) ata cable the system im havin a problem with hanging is a custom pc i picked up a while back and the other one, the msi is one i built myself from the shell up... so im guessing that it is the HDD firmware or something of that nature, i have several other large hard drives and never had the slightest problem from any of them... actually one of the others i have is a seagate (barracuda 7200 9) 160GB, very similar but they have slight differences and its never givein me any problem in either of the 2 computers... im thinking that updating the firmware on the HDD would probably resolve the problem but i cant seem to find a firmware update for the st3160022ace (u series 9 ce "U9CE" family) my guess is the firmware got corrupted somehow on a diagnostic or something... any more sugestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated... thanks for your time, thought and effort.


  • omega_1_80 Nov 30, 2008

    The Logicboard that im having the problem with is a Asus A7N8X-VA, The other Logicboard is a Msi 694T Pro



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Hi omega_1_80, two things come to mind. I gather you used the data cable from the MSI system when you switched to it. Try connecting a new data cable (80-pin) in your system. Set the bios to Auto for the PATA 160 drive. If the drive still seems funny turn off S.M.A.R.T. See if these suggestions help.

Good luck omega_1_80!

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Nov 30, 2008

    Hi Ryan,

    Did you check Seagate's web site?

    Try this link:

    If you still feel that the Seagate drive is not working as it should, return it to seagate. Most Seagate drives carry a five year warranty. This next link is DTS error link from Seagate:

    What motherboard other than the MSI are you using?


  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Nov 30, 2008

    Ryan, Asus does not make a board A7N8X-VA but there is a A7N8X-VM & A7N8X-VM/400 . See the Asus list:

    It seems clear the problem is with the motherboard. Though there is a problem with the drive (DTS failure). Since the drive functions faster in the MSI board & poorly in the Asus board, I'd say the trouble lays with the board. It may or may not help to up date the bios. (If your Asus board does not have the latest bios). In either case if the Seagate drive is new I still suggest you return it to Seagate. The drive should not fail the DTS test.

    I checked for a possible updated NIVIDIA nForce2 IGP driver for the Asus board. NIVIDIA no longer list the chipset drivers for the nForce2. You may want to consider a newer mother board to replace the Asus board.




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