I'm suffering a similar problem. Apparently... the 14.4 and maybe 14.6 were RECENTLY updated and the bad ahci component was removed, so that's worth a try as 14.4 also has the southbridge drivers. Of course the ahci was supposed to be given a seperate link but I can't find it.
If you make a recovery disk, you won't need to reformat, just make sure you have a restore point available.
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