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Old 06-19-2008, 03:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: No luck lately (EPoX 8RTA3)

The board is a 8RDA3, isn't it?
First I'd check bios settings: put the disk in LBA mode, try zeroing the drive with the manifacturer utility and then reformat it again. Sometimes bad MBRs may prevent a complete partitioning with fdisk unless you remove the issue.
Second: the "first slot only" thing is suspicious, do a ram check with memtest86+ for at least 10 cycles.
Third: do you have a spare ide controller? If you do, then try connecting the hard disk to this controller: if it works, there is a problem with the controller embedded into the chipset or with the bios.

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