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  1. Hi all, I want to give you a warm Thank You for this solution to a nasty problem, all the people bulletproofing the Lituanian solution for us all, Gradius2 who put it all toguether, and Pichi who leaded the Spanish board for some time. I want to share my experience, maybe it is of some use for some other people. First of all, the cable I used to connect to the PCB has been a TTL-232R-3V3-WE USB to Serial converter from FTDI Chip technologies. It provides you all the needed connections (TX, RX and GND), plus a 3.3V feeding for the TX line, so no need for additional batteries, just plug the cables without need for any soldering or funny electronic work. You can buy the cable from the company site, but I bought at an specialized retailer in Spain. On connecting the wired ends to the pins in the PCB, I found a lot of problems, nothing I had was small enough to fit in the small space provided. Finally, I was able to get correct jumpers from a dead DVD player. Also, I connected 3 pins instead of just TX and RX, been the third one GND as suggested in the Spanish board. GND is the one next to TX. On following the propoused process, I had two stupid mistakes: 1.- Screw fell on top of the PCB while mounting the PCB back. I guess it has been plain old luck avoiding the PCB to fry, so be careful when doing this, the screws are really small and I found them difficult to handle. 2.- I had the BUSY error (no BIOS recognicion), but was careless enough to execute the command for LBA 0 (m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22) instead of the expected one (m0,2,2,,,,,22). No obvious damage so far, but busy now backing up everything to DVDs. In any case, HD is back up and running, and all data recovered, and my live a bit easier now, I would have lost all my Proyects and Customers data for the last three months otherwise...