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Pethegreat Advanced Member

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#1 11 years ago

Today I was playing some far cry 2 on windows 7 ultimate(upgrade disc) when my computer locked up on me. I had to manually reboot the system, and when I did I was greeted by

a disc read error has occurred

I pop in the windows 7 DVD to try and figure out what when wrong. I have no system restore points, and the hard drive repair function did not work. When I attempted to reinstall windows I was given an error message telling me the hard drive could not be accessed because there is not an appropriate controller in the system bios

The drive was a 320gb 7200rpm SATA from either WD or segate. It is about 3 years old. I have DFI 790FX chipset motherboard which is just over a year old. I did update the bios last feburary to get my phenom II processor to run. So is the drive bad, or do I have bad BIOS?




*Daedalus

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#2 11 years ago

Sounds like a motherboard driver was screwed up. You were told an appropriate SATA controller could not be found, meaning the SATA controller for your motherboard got a little currupted. If you have a spare harddrive around, throw it in that PC, reinstall the motherboard drivers.




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#3 11 years ago

^ That.

Or, if your BIOS allows, you can throw the drivers on a USB drive and try installing them through your BIOS (or try booting off the USB drive if you have a .iso).




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#4 11 years ago

I don't have a spare HD, so I am going to try the flash drive. Do I have to do anything like make a bootable drive, or turn the bios files into a .iso?




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#5 11 years ago

You don't have a single other computer, even a really old laptop or something?

Easiest thing to do is get a Linux live CD, put that on a flash drive and boot of that. That'll get you into the OS without installing anything. You should be able to install the drivers from there. I've never installed drivers straight from the BIOS, so I can't help you on that one.




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#6 11 years ago

The_Daedalus;5214236You don't have a single other computer, even a really old laptop or something?

Easiest thing to do is get a Linux live CD, put that on a flash drive and boot of that. That'll get you into the OS without installing anything. You should be able to install the drivers from there. I've never installed drivers straight from the BIOS, so I can't help you on that one.

I have a laptop, but I need it right now.

My manufacturer does not give any methods on how to install the drivers in Linux. They do have what appears to be a half decent guide on how to make a bootable USB drive to install the BIOS. I am going to give that a try.




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#7 11 years ago

WTF?

I did a hard power disconnect(unplugging the computer from the outlet) when I open it up last night. Turned it on today to fix the BIOS and it works again.

problem solved...for now.