It's just a bad experience. I had a friend who was completely and anally against AMD in every sense.. all because his CPU fried. (Though admittingly, he did a piss-poor job putting it together.. the CPU and Heatsink didn't have contact, let alone a thermal compound.)
Originally Posted by Deathstar
It is possible it could be the cable, can you try another one?
Thats worth a shot.
When I was putting a system together for a friend, I put XP on the SATA drive. I had to use a floppy disk during the installation to get it working. Afterwards when I put an IDE hdd in, I had to force the system to boot to the SATA before attempting the IDE; simply done by setting the boot priority in the bios.