Issue with ASrock m3a770de and eSATA

So I've been having problems since the start. Built this computer a week ago. When I first turned it on, the eSATA drive was not working... the HD worked in USB, but was not being detected by the bios through the eSATA port. I tried installing the driver CD... nothing on the CD really seemed relevant to the issue, but after the CD was installed, the drive appeared through eSATA! Great, it works.

For 2 days. Then it stopped being detected. I tried changing to AHCI mode. This worked for about 2 hours, after which it was no longer being detected in Windows or the BIOS again! Dammit!

Now, the problem is the same with my girlfriends external HD, and another eSATA cord. I'm almost sure it is the motherboard. There is one thing that is interesting:

When I try to boot up with my external drive plugged into the computer through the eSATA port while in AHCI mode, it hangs before getting to Windows installation. It won't even let me enter the BIOS. If I plug in the eSATA drive while in the BIOS, it starts to get EXTREMELY slow. Changing from option to option takes 5 seconds, and the screen loads really really slowly.

Is my motherboard fucked? Or is there some sort of way I could fix this?
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  1. You need to contact some technician for the same.
  2. The only support they have is through a form you fill out on your website. I just bought the board, so I'm trying to decide if I wanna RMA it or just live with USB
  3. Did u install W7 through the same mobo plugged in eSATA port?

    Did u tried another port, directly from the mobo in the back?
  4. W7 was plugged in through same mobo

    I tried both eSATA ports, and I even tried using my old eSATA bracket that plugged into the internal SATA ports.
  5. timmytucker718 said:
    W7 was plugged in through same mobo

    I tried both eSATA ports, and I even tried using my old eSATA bracket that plugged into the internal SATA ports.

    I was pretty sure u did try that, I would try yet another cable...
  6. already tried a different cable.
  7. Did u try it on another PC?
  8. Nah, when I go home for xmas Im gonna try it on my bros PC.
  9. There u have it : ) Good luck.
  10. Turns out it was the cable. The luck you wished me worked!!!

    And an apology to the fine people at the ASRock company for slandering their product.
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