QUOTE(Vrtclhykr @ Dec 31 2006, 01:21 AM)
for anybody interested the problem for me turned out to be the external plug on the SATA controller card. As soon as I used the SATA plug on the inside of the machine for the Via card all worked perfect. No need to unplug any onboard IDE or SATA plugs.
Ahh - good catch
Yes, that has been reported a few times already, but always good to get a reminder