I am dealing with such a turd sandwich of components going on on my end that I'm not even certain where the problem lies. It might be the PC Chips M919 motherboard, it might be the SATA-to-IDE converter, or it might be the assortment of drives that I have tested. Either way, it's one random issue after another. You guys have made it a lot further than I have though. SATA HDD? I can't get past POST. SATA SSD? I get some fart-sounding tone before POST and the monitor doesn't even flicker. Yeesh. I bought a Startech converter in hopes of avoiding these sort of issues but I'm pulling my hair out and I didn't have much to begin with.

Will take a peek at some of the products others have suggested here. Disappointing though.