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I have a m4a88td-m usb3, and after running for two days it detected a power surge in my new power supply. Now it will not read the Sata ports for the hard drive or the cd-rom. What do I do?

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Since you had a power surge i would be checking or replacing the leads

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electic extensions or just replace them they are probably faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error hope this helps

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You have to update the ACPI driver for your motherboard.

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[Plus the motherboard chipset is an AMD 880G - Northbridge chip, and AMD SB850 - Southbridge chip,

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