Hi folks, I am wondering if your collective smarts can help me - I'm wondering if I have a dead SATA controller on my gigabyte ga-x38-dq6 motherboard. Basically, if I plug in any harddrive (none of them are formatted/have any data on them, because I can't get to the point where install begins) then the computer just hangs... it sits there at the "Verifying DMI pool data" stage. If I just plug in my Sata dvd drive, then it's fine - although of course there is no hard drive connected to install anything onto. I have tried messing around in the bios, changing the sata settings from AHCI, to RAID to legacy/IDE - no change in this behavior. The BIOS indicates the hard drive and dvd drive are detected just fine, but the hang still occurs. Here are my specs: gigabyte ga-x38-dq6 motherboard LG sata dvd drive 2xWesterd Digital 1TB GreenPower HD 1xSamsung 1TB hard drive (same problem no matter which one of the 3 above HD's are plugged in). 2gb corsair ram. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could try? please help.