Hi and Welcome!
an OEM board. Crippled in order to save two cents.
waiting for one of you brainier than me people to guide me on what to try next. I hope someone has a solution. Thank you for your time.
Apart from trading the 223 for a 222 as already suggested, you have a couple of options:
The best one is installing a Sata controller card. I have good experience with Delock 70096, which does a nice job after application of the non-Raid controller Bios. No idea, if this controller card is available, where you live. Perhaps there is a similar card (should have Silicon Image 3512 chipset) available.
Another option would be an external enclosure, you can attach the drive via USB. The performance of such a unit depends on the USB controller of your motherboard.
Oh, adapters to connect Sata drives to IDE (Pata) controllers do exist, but I have no personal experience with these. They are available for less than 10 Euro here, local shops want triple the price :rolleyes: