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Compaq Presario desktop computer HD LED not indicating activity

LED would indicate activity previously.Now only power LED functioning. Is this a sign my HD is about to walk out? I can hear the HD at boot up making the same usual sounds.

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  • Stephen Wilkins
    Stephen Wilkins May 11, 2010

    Check to see if your ide pins are connected to the mother board inside the case. You could always download seatools for windows and check your Hard drive.

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The LED lights are usually connected separately to your mainboard, on the JFP1 pins. You could check your mainboard manual (if you have one) to see where it is on the mainboard. If the seatools say your HDD is good, you could unwire the JFP1 and try to connect a battery to the LED to see wether it still works. If it doesn't, it's probably one of the wires thats broken. You should, though, first check what voltage your LED is. If it's 0.5 and your battery is 1.5 you'll destroy the LED...

Hope this helps you solve the problem!

PS: don't go messing around in your mainboard without an antistatic wriststrap, or you might break it.

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