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So I was thinking before that a series of "SideBySide" errors were causing BSODs on my netbook (Samsung N120 + 2GB RAM). But I think it is an "atapi" error which says:

"The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0."

Has anyone else had this error and is there a fix for it? Also, I had other "atapi" errors before it saying:

"The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period."

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Various things could cause these errors:

  • Multiple CD/DVD drives on the same IDE channel that aren't configured properly
  • There are problems with the IDE0 port on your motherboard
  • There are problems with your hard drive or CD/DVD drive
  • Problems with the IDE cable itself
  • Software error

...among some other things.

You may be interested in the articles on, specifically Event ID 9 and Event ID 11.

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Well, turns out I had a bad hard drive, so I'm replacing that. Thanks for your suggestions! – Wesley Jan 15 '10 at 16:06
You're most welcome! – John T Jan 15 '10 at 20:27

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