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Sata hdd not detected in bios

I have recently bought gigabyte GA EP43-S3l motherboard, intel core 2 duo E8400 CPU and 2 x 2GB DDR2 SDRAM. I put it all together with my 600W PSU, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics, Philips DVD burner, Hitachi 80GB IDE HDD and Samsung Spinpoing 500GB 16MB cache SATA II HDD as primary drive with Windows XP on it. Everything was working ok for over a week (no problems at all) until I changed my PC case (the old one had faulty power button and looked very old so I changed it. I haven't changed anything in bios or Windows at all. I plugged all the cables as it was before and the bios can't detect my Samsung SATA drive. Only says "Detecting IDE devices..." and that's it. When I unplug it, bios finds my Hitachi IDE drive and prompts no system found, etc. (because there's no system on the Hitachi drive-fair enough). When I just plug the SATA drive on its own, bios still can't detect it. I have tried other sata and power cables for that drive but still no live. I can't even feel it spinning. Is it dead? I had it only for about 10 months, veber removed it before, installed it on my own, everything was smooth till now. The other drive, Hitachi IDE one I had for about 4 years, removed it always took it with me to mates and it always works fine. What happened to my SATA drive then?

Can someone please help?

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Tried a differant SATA power inout into it? Is it making a clicking sound?

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My gigabyte motherboard will support single chip 2gb ram and i have to upgrade my ram into ddr2 533mhz to ddr2 667mhz or 800mhz it is possible for my motherboard


Gigabyte GA-945GZM-S2 - motherboard - micro ATX - LGA775 Socket - i945GZ specifications
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  • Supported RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supported RAM Speed 533 MHz , 400 MHz
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  • Product Type Motherboard - Micro ATX
  • Cache Memory None
  • Chipset Type Intel 945GZ Express / Intel ICH7
  • Max Bus Speed 800.0 MHz
  • Processor Socket LGA775 Socket
  • Max Processors Qty 1.0
  • Compatible Processors Core 2 Extreme , Celeron D , Core 2 Duo , Pentium D , Pentium 4
  • Memory
  • Max Supported Memory 2.0 GB
  • Supported RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supported RAM Speed 533 MHz , 400 MHz
  • RAM Features Dual channel memory architecture
  • Graphics
  • Graphics Controller Intel GMA 950
  • Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
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  • Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
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  • Modem None
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  • Expansion Slot(s) 1.0 x Processor ( 1.8 V ) - LGA775 Socket ( x4 mode ) , 4.0 x PCI Express x16 - DIMM 240-pin , 3.0 x Memory , 1.0 x PCI
  • Storage Interfaces Intel ICH7 : ATA-100 - connector(s): 4 x 7pin Serial ATA - 4.0 device(s) , Intel ICH7 : Serial ATA-300 - connector(s): 1 x 40pin IDC - 2.0 device(s)
  • Interfaces 1.0 x Audio - Floppy interface - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Storage - Line-out - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 1.0 x Audio - RS-232 - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) , 4.0 x Serial - VGA - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Microphone - Line-in - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1.0 x Keyboard - Generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 1.0 x Display / video - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 4 pin USB Type A , 1.0 x Audio - Line-out (center/subwoofer) - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Network - Generic - 34 pin IDC , 1.0 x Parallel - Line-out (side surround) - RJ-45 , 1.0 x Audio - Line-in - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Hi-Speed USB - Line-out (rear) - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) , 1.0 x Audio - Input - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Mouse - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1.0 x Audio - 4 pin MPC

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No power to GA-EP43-DS3L motherboard


When connecting your psu and its atx connector to the mainboard, have you connected the +4 connector ? If your psu does not have this extra +4 connector, you may need to buy one.

Also check you have connected the cpu power (12v 4 pin plug)

Nov 12, 2009 | Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3LR Motherboard

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My pc shuts down by itself


you need to replace the RAM ...

Apr 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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I have gigabyte series g31 m-es2L i want use memory pc 5300.... it's support with this mainboard ???? tx pls reply to : it_mid@yahoo.com


Hi,

First, clarification: the closest Gigabyte model is GA-G31M-ES2L... there is no "g31 m-es2L"

For this kind of question the easiest way to find the answer is from the manufacturer: Gigabyte

A quick search of their products results in:

http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2889&ProductName=GA-G31M-ES2L

which states that up to 800mhz DDR2 (PC6400) is supported
( 667mhz (PC5300) is also supported. )

Generally with motherboards, if a higher speed of memory is supported, the lower speeds are also supported.

PS: mhz times 8 yields the PCxxxx number, PCxxxx divided by 8 yields the mhz number


Feb 09, 2009 | Gigabyte Matx Intel G31 775 DDR2-800...

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New Computer


Hi im David,

1. To start to buying a computer, you need a Standard ATX case, they sell only ATX cases so you can choose one at the shop that suits you. Then you might want to get a power supply because the pne that comes with the case will not supply enought power. You would want at least 550W. I recomment the Coolermaster 660W.

2. You will then need to think what Brand CPU your going to use. These days AMD is not making the best CPU's So i recommend Intel. Based on what you want to do and what the shop has, i would get the Dual Core E7200 (2.53 GHz 3MB Cache) or the E8400 (3.0GHz 6MB Cache). There is no point for buying a Quad core as it is expensive and not many games can use the full extent of the CPU.

3. Once chosen teh brand on the CPU you have to buy a Motherboard that supports the CPU, they only sell One type of Intel CPU and that the LGA 775 so any Intel Motherboard will work with your CPU. I would get Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3 at $125. Dont bother buying anything higher than $155 unless you got the money and really need it. I psersonally use GA-EP43-DS3 because it has all the features i need like Dual Graphics (not SLI), 3 firewire connections, 12 USB ports, 7.1 Surround Sound, 6 SATA Ports and 4 ram slots.

4. Once gotten your motehrboard you will need RAM. They sell Kingstom and Corsair DDR2 Ram at speed of 800MHz. Corsair is a much better brand but you wont notice much difference between the two of them. 2GB is more than enought if your going to run XP but you will need 4GB for Vista. get 4X1GB and you will get faster speeds than 2X2GB.

5. Getting a Hard Drive. Depending what you are going to store on your Hard drive, you can get different sizes. The bigger the size the cheaper it is per gigabyte. I would get a 500GB. Western Digital and Samsung is quieter than Segate but isnt as fast in speed but you wont notice the difference. Make sure you get 3.5" or if u want you can get a 2.5" but it wont fit anywhere in your case so you will have to rest it soemwhere. It still can be plugged it to your motherboard. I use a 2.5: with my Desktop PC because it reduces noise.

6. Getting an optical Drive. Make sure you get a DVD Burner, they are only $40. YOu may consider getting a Blu-Ray Drive so you can watch Blu-ray movies on your cmputer or use your Computer as a Blu-ray player and plug it in your LCD TV. Blu ray will cost $175 for LG or $215 for Pioneer. Pioneer is better.

7. Next you will need a PCI-Express graphics card. For your games the minimum i would buy would be Gigabyte Nvidia 8400GS. I recommend Gigabyte Nvidia 9600GT 512MB.

8. You may want to buy a monitor, you can choose since its just a monitor.


You can choose any preheripals such as mouse and keuboard. Wireless mouse is recommend but theres no point for wireless keyboard unless you plan to sit a few meters away from the computer.

Once bought you can get the shop to buid it for you or you can buid it yourself.
When building yourself, make sure you wear a Electrostatic Discharge Wrist band to prevent damage. Or simply touch the metal of the case to get rid of the static. Do not touch any electrical compunet pins such as CPU pins and CPU socket Pins.

Once made you will need to install an operating system. You can buy one or Download a pirated version.

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Will not display anything when booting up.


does your motherboard has a builtin video card? u probably connected your monitor to it which supposed to be connected to your new installed video card.

Jan 15, 2007 | Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Motherboard

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