Hello. My name is Micov, and I am from Russia. [Well, the soviet union, back then.] I am currently working on a 2004 Compaq Presario, that a friend has brought to me. Im currently ON this machine, because it will boot via a LiveCD [BartPE, and a "Damn Small Linux" distro install] and at this time, I have booted with the Windows BartPE install. I am quite the computer tech, and worked as a systems Manager for a local company for a few years, I dont think i've lost to much. I may be missing something simple. I've allready tried the simple stuff, a shorted IDE, or power cable, jumper settings on the drive, BIOS/CMOS whipe [battery removal, one min later, reinstall.] I'm currently booted useing a bart-PE live CD, as I said, and have two CD drives [one with my OS and another with tools and internet browser files], one stick of ram [512 MB], most everything else is onboard... I booted with the drive installed in place of the CD drive [so I know the IDE cable works, and the power suppily]. The drive worked fine, and nothing seems to be wrong with it. It spins up, when powered on. Because im currently ON the problem computer, it really leaves me to think that it must be the harddrive at fault, but, I'll run it by all of you. The Harddrive is a Maxtor 80 GB.