Installing a SATA controller PCI card

  Number six 22:40 18 Apr 2008

My pc periodically freezes, followed by a stop error message. Removing and replacing the Hard disk data cable from the motherboard always (so far!) cures the problem. I have tried several different cables, the problem persists. I have therefore concluded that the SATA controller is faulty. To avoid replacing the motherboard/processor/ram, I am about to buy a SATA controller pci card to attach my hard disk. Could any one advise the following:
Will pci card/hard disk be instantly recognised by the BIOS, and will it boot without any configuration or installation of drivers? Motherboard is Asus A8V and did not require SATA drivers when I first installed windows. Many thanks for any help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:54 18 Apr 2008

stop error message

what is it?

probably a irq conflict

if controller was faulty you drive probably wouldn't work at all.

  Number six 23:10 18 Apr 2008

Hi Fruit Bat. Not actually stop error, just says windows has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. Can't be irq conflict as Hard drive is currently connected to on-board controller, and has worked fine for two years!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:25 18 Apr 2008

Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

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OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
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  Number six 23:16 21 Apr 2008

Thanks for advise, FB. SATA controller cards appear to be quite cheap, so will probably try this first before any repairs/reinstalls.

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