Help: My MB wont detect SATA drives + RMA = £20 pls help


May 24, 2006
hi i bought a Foxconn P965 Motherboard a while back for use with my e6300 and 2Gb of DRR2 RAM when P965 was still expensive. After a few weeks i noticed that it didnt always see my SATA devices on boot up, i left fo a while until i was sick of it and ordered an RMA. they said my MB was dead and sent my a replacement.

This is all well and good, but when i installed it into my system, the HDD and SATA DVD drive would be reconised at all, I went into CMOS to look for them manually and it can't find anything at all. (unlike the previous which it occaisioally worked).

I have a similar system (lsited below which uses a relative of this motherboard and that works Fine with no problems, i dont want to return the board and have them say its fine and myself pay £20 becuase they think it nto broke.

It is not the powersupply as the light on the DVD drive is working and the HDD is spinning and ive swapped the cables over. it not the Contoller on the HDD as the DVD drive does get recognised either .

Please Help Many thanks dobby!!!


Jun 3, 2007
Check the SATA power cables and connections at both ends. You might have some bum wires.

Your 1st RMA does appear to be a static discharge death. Make sure you and the case are well grounded during repairs and inspections. Have a UPS connected to case power, monitor and printer.... the basics of DIY.

an idea and frienly reminder



Jan 31, 2006
As an FYI, you were in the BIOS, the CMOS is just memory. First I'd clear the CMOS, how to will be in the manual. If your not seeing the drivers anywhere in the BIOS, it's likely, as f61, said your connection. Check your mobo manual and make sure that they are each connected to the correct connections on the mobo. One of my boards says to connect the drive with the OS to SATA 1. Some boards has a set of connections if your using RAID and one if your not. Also check the settings on the drives. Not likely it but you can never tell, the mfgs web sites should give you info on this.