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    Need help with hard drives not autodetecting!

    I'm having problems with my motherboard (VIA SP-13000) detecting hard drives. When I first installed everything, Bios (v. 1.07) detected my 300Gb Seagate drive, and tried to boot off of it, but I did not have Windows installed on it at the time. I recieved the appropriate errors from the BIOS stating boot files not found, etc... OK fine. I then inserted said drive into my desktop machine, used partition magic to add a new 5Gb partition, then installed Win XP Pro onto it. No problems. I then took the drive back out to the car, plugged it in, and the BIOS will not detect it. After it detects the memory, it just sits at "Detecting IDE drives". I swapped the cable... no change. I moved the jumper to/from Cable select to Master... no change. I then disconnected the drive's power, started it up, got into BIOS, then set IDE 0 (Master) from auto detect to manual, and tried both LBA, and Large drive types. After powering down and re-starting, neither setting worked. When set to manual, the BIOS just saw it as if it wasn't even plugged in. By now i'm figuring that the drive is dead somehow, and so I take it back inside, and plug it into my desktop and restart it. I was able to boot from that disk with no problems. I took the 20Gb main disk with the OS (win XP pro) out of my desktop, and plugged it into the car. the BIOS detects it with no problems. I tried the same thing using a 250Gb storage drive out of my desktop, and BIOS treats it exactly like the 300Gb drive. It will not detect it either. All of these disks are Seagates BTW. Now I know from this troubleshooting these drives aren't bad, and I know the motherboard isn't bad, so what the hell is causing this SP-13000 not to detect these large Seagate drives? It detected my 300Gb the first time, but never again. Any suggestions anyone?
    PS: also all these drives ate formatted NTFS and all OS'es used are Win XP Pro SP2.
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    Hmmm. You could try resetting the CMOS, make sure you have the jumpers set right on the HD and check the data cable is on the right way round. Other than that you'll have to rely on someone smarter than me. Good luck
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    If it was detected once,then not after reboot,I'd suggest clearing the cmos-just short the jumper(the manual will show you the pins)then put the jumper back where it was,then go into the bios and use the default setup,save,and reboot.

    Is your Seagate drive pata or sata? If it's a sata1,you're ok,if it's a sata2 drive,unfortunately,you're out of luck as the 8237 southbridge doesn't support it.
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    short of doing that you can tell your bios to rescan for hardware. I think its call ESD..somthing. Sometimes that will allow it to recognize a hard drive it wouldn't before.

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    I figured the problem out... I think. I got ****ed off and gutted the powersupply and CD rom out of my desktop, and set it up on my workbench. I then setup my SP-13000 and hard drive next to it, and formatted the drive and installed windows. The motherboard detected the drive with no problems, I even re-started it several times after installing drivers and RR/winamp. After I got it all setup, I put it in the car, wired the mobo to the M1-ATX and it worked! I then installed my Powermate driver, and re-started. Guess what- The BIOS hung on "detecting IDE drives" again. So i'm pretty sure the 300Gb drive along with all my other devices is drawing slightly too much current for the M1-ATX. I guess this means I have to upgrade to the M2-ATX.
    EDIT: See this thread.
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