Originally Posted by Fozzik
Did you try a new SATA cable? I'm guessing you probably did. Also, have you tried all the different SATA slots to see if it's only some that are loose?
Are the cable pulled or routed tightly so they are putting tension on the connectors?
Bad motherboards actually aren't very uncommon. With the motherboard housing so much of the electronics of a modern computer, it's almost a statistical certainty that if something goes wrong, it's probably going to be with the motherboard.
Remember that if you do replace the motherboard, make sure you get the heatsink on the processor carefully and with enough thermal goop to ensure good heat transfer. Also make sure to reformat the hard drive and install the new mobo drivers (changing motherboard without reformatting will cause windows to go wonky).
What's the rest of your PC like? Do you need to graphics slots? What other connections / compatibility do you need in a mobo?
I have replaced the cables and swapped the slots, and it seemed to help for a while but then same issue. As for replacing the mobo.. if i was able to get the same model would that still require all the reformatting etc.. OR is it likely the mobo by design may have this flaw?
lastly I don't think there is a whole lot of pulling nor pressure on the cables in there.
Rabbit.. thank you also but I don't think i'm up for building a new system yet..maybe after the summer but in the mean time i was hoping to find a cheap fix that won't continue to get me killed in games
After the summer I may build a new system but would want something killer when i upgrade again.
thing is.. save for this locking up the system runs all my games flawlessly... it is making me insane.