Several months ago, shortly after I started this blog, I had an HP Pavalion 521n die. I really liked the machine, but I started seeing an potential hard drive failure.
I tried replacing the hard drive, even ordered the orginal disks from HP and EVEN asked their tech support, but no one could give me a reason as to why the computer wouldn't boot.
Well I had an even older motherboard/computer finally fail, something I've been expecting for a long time, pulled the components out of it I wanted to keep, mainly the hard drive, CD-Writer, and the DVD-Writer.
I decided to throw the working, bootable hard drive in the HP. It booted! So I finally pulled the original hard drive and I figured out why it wouldn't work. It's set up cable select for the slave/master drive. I haven't seen that in years!
So it's up and working.
I am thinking about trading the DVD-drive for the DVD writer.
I no longer feel quite the failure! And hopefully this information will help the next guy.
And why didn't HP Tech Support tell me that!