bsobel

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  1. Hello, can someone please offer advice on using the alldav $4 232-ttl converter? I have tried every trick and only get garbage. here are by seetings 1) alldav hooked to com1 38400,n,8,1 +5 and GND coming from PC power supply via molex 2) RX alldav to RX seagate 3) TX alldav to TX seagate (read before this works) 4) drive powered by pc powersupply using molex to sata adapter 5) win vista 64 using ported hypterterminal settings 38400,n,8,1 when drive is power I get two lines of random characters. no gnd connected to drive please any help?
  2. hi i reconnected the drive through the computers power supply and still no difference. i either get nothing or garbage. tried several drives too. it cant bee this difficult. loopback works connecting tx to rx. i am using the alldav powered at 5V. settings are 38400,n,8,1. Oh...I am using Vista so I had to find a hacked copy of hyperterminal. Nice to know you managed to fix it and is working perfectly now. Thanks for donating, it will helps with my hosting expenses, believe it or not, it will be the 1st one so far. Hello, yes I was powering drive through a ext power supply i will try your method...thanx...
  3. Hi...anyone tought about the board swap method again. and what to do with the click of death after the board swap. i can hook the drive up to tx/rx is there any kind of commands that can be run to reintialize the disc? Glad to see you managed to revive your drive. About the cache, yes that was discussed a lot, it seems Seagate used a very confuse scheme to manage 32MB. For 32MB they did, 0xFFFF + 1 * 512 = 33,554,432 = 32,768 (32MB). 0xFFFF + 1 should be 0x10000, but since they use 16-bit registry only, it goes back to 0x0000, this is why a LOT softwares will report those drives as 0 (zero) cache. Yes, $eagate did a very poor job here. So far the only program I know it will report the right cache size is Everest Ultimate Edition Cheers! So is this why HDTUNE PRO shows the ST31000333AS cache as N/A instead of 32MB?
  4. Nice to know you managed to fix it and is working perfectly now. Thanks for donating, it will helps with my hosting expenses, believe it or not, it will be the 1st one so far. Hello, yes I was powering drive through a ext power supply i will try your method...thanx...
  5. no matter what i do, all i see is garbage on the terminal and cntrl-z does nothing. everything has been verified 38400,n,8,1 and rx/tx. WTF?
  6. Hi...I connect everything as advertised and all i get is garbage on the terminal from the drive. all settings 38400,n,8,1 checked. tx-rx rx-tx verified +5 volts to alldav verified. any ideas?
  7. Hi...back to the pooched pcb swap. is there anyway to bring the clicking drive back to life? if I hook up the TX/RX can I issue some "init" commands for something?
  8. Wow...i thought this would work for everybody else...but just in case, i can see some mistakes people could make though.. 1. if you flash badpcb/gooddisk it should be the only hd in the computer, just in case your flashing the wrong hd ...haahahha 2. your trying to flash the goodpcb/baddisk instead of the badpcb/gooddisk ...just remember your fixing the bad pcb. 3. you correctly flash the badpcb/gooddisk but do not swap it back to the original flavor badpcb/baddisk... this is a good fix though, i am looking at all my files right now and coming from the busy issue before. good luck Hi thanx... 1) Yes it was the only disc in the computer. 2) I def flashed the bad pcb on the good disk 3) I swapped the boards back. the "original" good disc is still functioning. ps. the "bad" pcb board is already flashed to SD1A cuz if i boot it not connected to the motor I can see it is SD1A, but if you let it time out with the motor connected then try to flash it you get the SD1000340AS "expected" error...I really dont see how you can damage a disc doing this. the heads are designed to seek across the platters millions of times.
  9. Hello, after doing the good drive bad drive pcb switch. I successfully flashed the bad board on good drive to SD1A but after returning the now "good" board back to the bad disk it clicks 8 times on power up and stops. any ideas? did the drive get damaged?
  10. hello, i tried this. i did the swap did the flash to sd1a but when i plug the old pcb back to the old drive it clicks and is not recognized...