Ok, here's what I did -
1. With power off, unscrew the PCB from the HDA. Place a small cardboard between the PCB/HDA contacts to isolate them. Then screw in all but not tightly (not tight enough that you cannot pull out the cardboard)
2. Connect the TX and RX on the hard disk to the RX and TX of your rs232 board.
3. Connect power (red is voltage, black is ground) to the rs232 board.
4. Connect to the rs232 board using hyperterm, make sure it's set correctly
5. Now power up the drive by plugging in the power
6. At the hyperterminal window, press Enter once to connect (make sure it says connected at the bottom)
7. Nothing will happen/show up, but hit Ctrl-z now and you should see this prompt:
If you cannot get to this stage, check your rs232, cabling, check your hyperterminal. If you are using small connectors to the RX and TX on the hard disk, please make sure they are not touching one another. I used a small piece of cardboard in between the pins to make sure there are no contacts. Here are some pics of my fix.
I got a new controller, same output in the terminal:
just an arrow.
Plz, can anyone help me?
I had the arrow at first too even though I was sure I followed the terminal connections correctly; when flipped the terminals and completely removed the pcb there no problem. I want to mention I restarted hyperterminal-I didn't just flip the connections while hyperterminal was on.
OK, I have the PCB off the HDA. I still get the Arrow but thats all I get now. Is this correct? Also thanks to the people that put this together but can you move your credit fight to another topic, some of us are still trying to figure this out and it's a b***h to read through the stuff for info and the who gets credit.
You all get credit for this if this works!
I still get only an arrow. Hm, is it right that I need a 5v-connection but not a 12v-molex-adapter?
Thanks to everyone for helping dissapointed seagate-user.
Edited by Jason Husky, 31 January 2009 - 02:31 PM.