My Ausus P6T system has been hiccuping. Latest: intermittently not recognizing the existence of two of my HDDs (in POST or in Windows) connected to a JMicron JMB363 controller.
My 2009-era system is based on an Asus P6T/i7 Windows 7 combination. This morning, it didn’t recognize the drives connected via the JMicron controller. It did before I went to sleep last night, and there was no shutdown/restart in between. I restarted it a couple times and noticed the drives weren’t showing up in POST either. I didn’t go into BIOS to check.
I shut down for a few hours, and when I came back the drives were there.
I’m self employed, so a reliable machine is critical. I have a backup machine, but rely on my desktop for day-to-day work. I also have data backups, so this is a workflow/PITA issue.
The options I can think of are to add a controller and route as many drives through that or to replace the motherboard.
Adding a controller is simple and cheap, but isn’t that masking a problem? If the JMicron is having issues, is it likely that they stem from the controller itself or is it much safer to replace the board.
So I assume I should replace the board for stability’s sake, but am concerned about the expense. Will my current i7 920 Socket 1366 LGA fit in a modern board? What about my 16GB of RAM? Or will I have to buy all three components?
Note, I am wholly uninterested in upgrading for the sake of upgrading. I will not see any performance increases in a machine that is used largely for word processing.