10-13-2010 07:47 PM
10-14-2010 03:51 AM
Thanks for your interest. The full S50 number is 8417-A4G; the motherboard is 74P1643; the 40 gb hdd is Hitachi Deskstar p/n 07N9673 & PATA powered. There are 2X SATA connectors in more or less the centre of the ‘board & the ‘ribbon strip’ attached to the hdd and the standard PATA CD player has a P5 SATA power connector in parallel to the P4 4-pin Molex plug on the hdd. I hope this makes sense to you & I appreciate any guidance you are able to offer me.
10-14-2010 11:49 AM
the sata power cable looks like something like this (the black end). If you don't have it, you can buy one of these converter cable for couple of dollars over the internet.
10-18-2010 09:47 AM
Got the SATA power & data/signal kit this weekend and fitted it up. Regrettably, got to the IBM setup screen then a warning message appeared re possible danger to computer and recommendation to disconnect all new hardware, run CHKDSK /F and then restart. Computer has gone haywire so I've drawn a line under the SATA DVD rewriter installation for the time being. Alternatively, if I can get the S50 going properly again, perhaps I'll consider a PATA version ....
Many thanks for your input. Kemar
10-20-2010 09:23 AM
You’re right! It is strange. To get to the IBM Setup Utility screen is a continual problem since the startup process takes me into the Windows logo straightaway. I wanted the Utility particularly to check that I'd got the SATA connectors enabled before installing the SATA dvd. Then when I connected the SATA kit the Utility screen came up – and hung, unresponsive to any keyboard action until the blue warning came up as per last post (I haven’t attempted to replicate). The S50 lost a heap of Local Services that became disabled, including the internet, and which took me a long time to determine & a couple of hours to re-establish. It’s working reasonably well now and I don’t intend to upset it for a while.
The project has been put on the back burner now since I’ve convinced myself that I don’t really need a dvd rewriter on my stand-by machine!
Again, thanks for your interest & input.