fairly_inept, on Mar 13 2009, 03:52 PM, said:
Royally Peed Off....
I have followed this topic from the outset... before the "solution" was posted, in fact. A brief search into the problem seemed to put it squarely in the: 0 LBA error problem area.
1. It seemed simple enough, so I purchased a 'RS232 to TTL adapter'(£8) and a prolific USB-2-COM Cable(£11) from ebay (My machine has no COM Ports). Following the directions given I could not achieve any kind of connection. I posted my wiring diagram, and was assured that I'd set it up ok. Maybe the RS232 to TTL adapter/Prolific COM Port was faulty?
2. After testing the Prolific USB-2-Com port cable and getting no result from the RX/TX crossover I made, I decided to go down the 'easier' route of using a CA-42 Nokia Data Cable.
3. I purchased the CA-42 Nokia cable from ebay. Price: £6 inc. Postage. Result: Nothing, same total lack of response as in 1.
4. I was informed that maybe the drivers for the nokia cable purchased on ebay were incorrect( it might be a cheap, 'knock'off') - So, I bit the bullet, went to the local nokia store and bought a 'genuine' nokia cable(£33.60). Result: Nothing, same total lack of response as in 1 & 3
So, having paid out about £60 so far in bits and pieces - spent at least 7 solid hours trying to connect to the b*stard drive I am now in the same position as when I started... baffled, peed off and frustrated.
Can anyone - and I mean anyone - suggest a simple, quick and easy method of connecting to my drive?
[PS. If anyone living in the UK - Surrey, Sussex area - as managed follow this, can you lend a hand?]
with all 3 attempts, did you check your device manager (in XP) to see if you've a working device?
If not, try this...
1) Open your device manager page in XP and click on the 'Ports (COM and LTP)'
2) attach your RS232 to TTL, or either one of your CA-42.
Does a new device show up as a new "Communication Port (COM#)", # being a number?
(silly question: did you choose the same COM#, as the one shown in your Device Manager? If not, please do and try again.)
If no new device shows up, then your device lacks the necessary hardware needed to do this.
If yes, is there an exclaimation mark "!"?
If "!", it probably means the driver is not compatible with your OS. Under properties->details, look for hardware ID; and google it for driver.
If there isn't a "!", then it should work. Connect the RX and TX in your device (leave the HDD out for this) using a paper clip, open a hyperterminal (choosing the correct # for COM) and type Ctrl+Z... get anything?