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HDloader stopped working??
HDloader stopped working?? –
So I have a v5 PS2 modded with a Messiah and a few months ago installed HDLoader v0.7c with a new network adaptor and a 40Gb WD HDD. Modded the adaptor and installed some games via PC. Been great.
Now I discover that it wont work anymore. Ive tried formatting the HDD, using a different HDD, formatting via WinHiip. I basically get HDD not detected even with other programs.
The HDDs are fine. They work on my PC fine, no bad sectors and are in 100% working order.
So what is wrong??
Best first guess is your NA is broke.
Turns out it was my NA, but somehow Ive managed to revive it.
Funny thing. I took it apart and played around with the circuit board. By playing I mean flexing it a bit, not snapping it but making creaking noises. Guess I was bored.
Decided to give it one more shot and what do you know, it works again.
Any electronic gurus care to comment??
Two things come to mind immediately, which may be responsible for this. In both cases this means that you still have a serious fault to fix !!!
Originally Posted by kev_smg
1: In your work to modify the NA, you may have stressed one of the PCB traces, so as to cause a microscopic crack. Depending on the current balance of mechanical tension in the PCB the two sections of that conductor may be in contact or not, and glitches are to be expected at any time. It is only a matter of time before this causes a hard write error. The cure is to find the crack and bridge it with some flexible wire, carefully soldered into place on each side of the crack. I mean that you should make two new solder joints here. If you try for a single one bridging the crack, then it's likely to break again.
2: If the solder joint of one of the HDD connector pins is substandard, then the strain of transferring the HDD back and forth between PS2 and PC to install games may have caused a break. Either a solder blob may have been lifted from its PCB trace, or a connector pin may have worked loose in its solder blob. Like the problem in point 1 above, this can seemingly 'repair' itself by changed mechanical tension, but it is still just a matter of time before you damage data on the HDD, as glitches will continue to occur. The obvious cure for this one is to reheat all those solder joints, to ensure proper contact. (Assuming that you are experienced at soldering.)
Best regards: dlanor