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HDD trouble It will not reconize the HDD, or it complains about cable select. Ok I am a novice when it comes to laptop repair... I recived this laptop from a friend and it had this same problem then. It turns on and trys to boot the HDD, but it cant. The screen goes fuzzy, and then warps then returns to normal. it says that is cant read the disk. I took the HDD out of it and it seems that there is nothing wrong with it. So i changed the jummpers and then it complaned about cable select. I have no idea what that is... I have a toshiba satilite from 95, yes it is old but I knew that the HDD worked.... So I tryed putting it in the compaq, and it did not even turn on... I have no money so I cant go buy a new HDD, or even a used one. Oh and the HDD caddy is in good condition, its not warped or bent or anything. Thank you in advaced, Kevin Lewis

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Look at the HDD there should be a lable showing the jumpers, But as a general suggestion the drive needs to be set a master. and once more as general advice looking at the back of the drive with the multi connector to your left the small sets of 3 pins with a jumper in one of the sets- master is the left hand set like this ... | ...

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