Re: IBM T20 Think Pad
Right, I got a hunch,
If you go to the device manager, to get to this go to the control panel then click on system > hardware > device manager.
Or right click the my computer icon, go to properties, hardware then device manager.
Anyway, once your in the device manager, make sure there are no devices listed with a yellow question mark next to it.
If that's ok, then proceed to open the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" (or something very similar) tree, and open the properties page for ATA Channel 1 or 0 (I recomend you check both as I'm not sure what one your HDD will be installed to).
As I'm using Vista, it may look slightly different but click on the advance settings tab within the properties dialog box and make sure that DMA either mode 3,4 or 5 is currently in use for all the devices currently listed on that channel, ie, your new hard drive should be on one of the two property sheets. Just make sure that is isn't in PIO mode only.
If your not entire sure what your looking for, a few screen shots of the property sheets would be useful.
Let me know how you get on.
Oh, while your computer is busy loading things, does the HDD constantly keep on clicking, as if it is struggling to read/write data. Just because it is a new HDD doesn't mean it may not be damaged. Try keeping an ear out on that.
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