trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

By gunslinge72
Feb 18, 2006
  1. hello, i have been having trouble installing a new hard drive on my system.
    don't laugh but it is a
    hp pavilionxt963 (it was free)
    CPU:intel celron 1200 mhz
    mobo: ASUS CUW-AW/MEW-AM
    Chipset: Intel 810E (whitney) + 1CH
    Video:nVidia GeForce MX 4000
    Hard Drive: Samsung SV4002H 40GB

    i have a seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata st3250823as
    that i am trying to install for storage.
    i have a syba 2 channel pci controler card that the drivers are reconized and works properly. but when i reboot after using discwizard, it gives me an error message.
    i have even change pci slots and still get this:
    -expansion rom not initialized- pci mass storage controller
    bios:01, device:0A, funtion:00
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    That's not necessarily an error message..

    Can you see anything that would show the controller recognising the attahced Seagate? Do you see the drive in Windows?
  3. gunslinge72

    gunslinge72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, it does not show the seagate anywhere. i can only see the sata controller. i checked to make sure that the seagate is on, and it is. but nothing shows anywhere for the seagate.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Try that hard drive in another computer.. Maybe it's dead? The SATA controller should recognise any drives attached and report them during POST.
  5. gunslinge72

    gunslinge72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i dont have another computer to put it in. any others suggestions?
  6. gunslinge72

    gunslinge72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i got it to recognize the sata card and now the seagate is listed in disc drives in the device manager. but it is not showing in my computer. only my old drive is showing.
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Find someone who has a computer with SATA?

    Visit your Friendly Local Computer Shop - I'm sure they will spare 5 minutes and see if the drive is OK.
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