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I'm trying to reassemble my compaq presario 7598 after exchanging hard drives yet I can't get it work, system want powerup at all.

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When you installed the ribbon cable to the hard drive, did you make sure that the ribbon cable and the side with the red line on the cable is connected to PIN1 on the hard drive and the motherboard. If it is connected wrong it can keep the computer from starting. Also, did you make sure that you have the cd-drive and hard drive on master and slave? If you need more help on this, let me know.

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