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Installing PATA SSD in Asus A8jm laptop

Varroa

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Sorry for the long post in advance.

Well, I am REALLY starting to hate SSDs!!!!:censored:

I have a Asus A8jm laptop (Core duo 1.83Ghz, 2GB ram, Windows XP SP3).

PATA SSDs are hard to come by so I ordered one from SSDFactory directly. I got the SSD yesterday in the mail and proceeded to physically install it. Being a IDE SSD you have to set the jumper on the back for master/slave/cable select. I removed the old HDD and noticed that is was set to Master or Single drive (no jumpers) so I proceeded to do the same with the SSD and installed it. When I powered on the laptop it detected the SSD with no problems but the DVD was no longer detected. I decided to try and use the cable select jumper and booted again, this time DVD was detected but the SSD was not detected for over a minute. I tried the Slave setting with the same results, the only difference being the two was the order the DVD and HDD were listed in the bios (master or slave). I know from regular IDE HDDs that if it take a long time to detect a HDD then the jumper is set incorrectly. I tried to boot from the Windows install disk and nothing was detected (insert media). I download and flashed the bios on the laptop hoping that would fix the problem (got to use my new USB floppy drive!) and tried all three jumper settings again with the same results, however this time when set to either slave or cable select I could boot from the windows install disk. Once booted I was able to see the SDD so I aligned the partition and then powered off the laptop and switched to my Windows Home Server recovery disk. I booted from the DVD and then proceeded to restore the XP install for my laptop (which took 4 hours and is a known annoyance of WHS). Today I tried to boot from the SDD but it wouldn't work (tried all three jumper settings as well). Bios also no longer identifies the SSD correctly (lists it as a 25mb HDD) so I am getting REALLY mad now.

When I get home I will try booting from the Windows 7 disk and do a complete format and fresh install and see if that works, otherwise I may have to return this thing to the manufacturer.

Anybody got any ideas?

IDE 2.5" - SSD Factory
 

Varroa

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Well, looks like the SSD is defective. I have to admit, the company has been very responsive and has been trying to deal with the problems but they have determine that the SSD is dead and I have to ship it back to them (at my cost unfortunately). Shipping to China isn't cheap but the company has agreed to either ship me a new one or refund me my money if the drive is not defective (ie is not compatible with the laptop).

Here is a screen shot of the bios showing the 60Gb drive as a 24mb drive so I am pretty sure it id dead, lol.

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