didnt come with a HDD so i purchased a WD black caviar 1TB drive
installed windows 7 x64 onto it and
at first the computer was running fine
then every once in a while would turn off randomly and the HDD wouldnt get recognized in the bios and thus wouldnt/couldnt boot
at first i thought my new HDD was failing but after i tested it a bunch everything checked out, changed data wires and updated bios and all that... so decided to throw it in my old system and after a bunch of shutdowns and restarts it gets recognized every time no problem
so i threw the HDD back into the system with the A8N-E and the bios dosnt recognize it like 95% of the time now
im thinking my 4 sata ports are dead or dying???
any other way to check???
ALSO i noticed the little fan that says asus on it isnt spinning as well and in the bios the CHA1 FAN speed and CHIP FAN speed are both 0 (meaning broken?) would that burn out those ports or something?
It looks like the motherboard is dying the little asus fan is to cool the chip set and is essential for trouble free operation. Yes it will burn out the chip set that holds the SATA controller.
If it is not to late you can replace the chip set cooler.