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Did I damage anything?? Compaq Presario HD

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by **THE-RFI-EMI-GUY**, Mar 5, 2007.

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  1. I was helping my wife install a higher capacity hard drive in her old
    Compaq Presario today. Having poor lightiing (and eyesight!) I did not
    notice that I had installed the ribbon cable such that all the odd pins
    from motherboard end were connected to the even pins on the drive and
    nothing was connected to the odd pins on the drive or to the even pins
    on the MOBO. This I didn't notice for about 30 minutes of attempted
    troubleshooting. The drive was slightly warm, which I attribute to the
    motor being energized as the odd and even pins of +5 volts are directly
    across from each other. According to the pinouts numerous signal pins
    would have been crosswired and a few would possible have been forced to
    ground. The HD light on the laptop was flashing this whole time and the
    CD door would not open itself for some reason.

    After correcting this, it seems the Win 98 install is going OK.

    Anyone done this before? Any reason for concern about damage to the HD
    or MOBO?

    Thanks In Advance

    --
    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"©

    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    "Follow The Money" ;-P
     
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    u shld be ok,

    there shld have been a notched key on the plug and a notch on the drive
    toprevent coupling it wrong.
     
  3. There is but it was not effective at keeping me from misaligning the
    rows. I think the notch keeps you from putting the plug on backwords,
    which I didn't because the flat cable dressing prevented that.

    --
    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"©

    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    "Follow The Money" ;-P
     
  4. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    If it works now it will be ok.
     
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