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Hard drive controller

I am getting a hard drive controller error when running Compaq diagnostics. The same diagnostics program says the hard drive is fine. It passes all the tests. I get a" smart hard drive detects imminent hard drive failure " message when I boot up. I press F1 to ignore & it boots up fine. Then depending on the size of programs I run it will blue screen with a error & begin a memory dump. Sometimes it will run fine until I close it out. Other times it will not even complete loading the operating system. I am running Microsoft 2000 Pro. Is the controller replaceable? Do I need a new motherboard? Is there anything else I should look for etc. Any help is appreciated. I have a Compaq NX6310, cant startup. Either right apfter POST or a split second after WINDOWS shows up it gives a blue screen stating that my comp was shut down to protect it, and a I should remove any new hardrives and hard drive controllers. I have changed the RAM, switched DIMMs, used a fully working HDD, I have tried booting from an external HDD. I can boot and run Knoppix from DVD without any problems, so obviously the Motherboard isnt dead like I originally thought. I also removed the battery to the BIOS in case it had a windows virus imbedded.I checked everything easily checkable on the motherboard for signs of damage.Being that I eliminated everything else, it must be a hard drive controller, as stated in the error. Is that changeable on a laptop? Can it be anything else?What really strikes me strange is that even when booting from an external USB HDD, I had the same issues, does the HDD controller also control USB drives?I am really stumped.

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Re: hard drive controller

These can be fun and Hdd/IDE/SATA Controllers on Desktops are different than laptops.. Embedded controller chips as well as the Northbridge/Southbridge chips are integrated to everything else and its a nightmare to track down period. (Ive had to replace Integrated Modem chips to cure a Boot or BSOD error that states the Video Adapter needs to be changed) ..(Generally due to Power surge or other).. You are on the right track however and I'd just suggest running Memtest of the Knoppix to start be4 I can say other. Is there Shared or dedicated RAM for the GPU on this one? They manned both ways depending on the specific board revision..

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Re: hard drive controller

Ur hd contoller is software related (check compatability)
but you could also have bad sectors on hd and ur memcheck or chkdsk or any windows program will not tell u this the only way to see is get some software that starts from cd at boot (paragon hdd recovery) best ive used)
when u use live cd and everything runs the only thing ur not utilising is the hd..
also when u try usb hd u are accessing ur hd for the drivers

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Re: hard drive controller

After booting the PC it says:
SMART fail................... pls backup ur hdd it may crash F1 to contd............
Bios hdd comprehensive test result comes ok...
pls reply me asap...

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