hi davey, my wife's pc has a prob. after installing pc games, they started to play..then it turns off...after that..the hd is not recognized. they brought it to pc shop for repair and it turns out that the prob is not hd. sata wire/pin from the motherboard..and now, they are using ide. dave, may i know what cause that prob? is it heat? they are in the philippines and it is hot in there. unlike here in japan, still freezing from the snow.
with regards to on this issue...my wife said, the computer technician already double checked the settings but everything is ok... he also checked the sata sockets by testing the new sata cable. unfortunately, hd still not functioning...and by testing using ide cable...prob had been solved. so they swap a new hd (ide) to the old hd(sata) with a little additional charges. even some technicians on the pc shop do believe that it should be a settings only. however, the shops decided to changed the unit by charging my wife a little additional expenses were my wife agreed.
I have had the SATA Controller fail in the past. IDE still works but SATA ist kaput. New motherboard fixed the problem.
its not thats common but ide, sata, and even pci ports can go back on a motherboard.
i had one once that only had one working pci slot out of four.
like biggles reason bad motherboard.