I have confirmed that the new hard drive is not DOA by testing in another unit, I even went ahead and installed windows on that new hard drive on a diff. laptop and swapped back into the offending computer, same result. I hear the HDD spin so it is receiving power and getting warm. I believe it could be the bios not properly recognizing the new HDD but have no means to update the BIOS since there is no BIOS software available for this legacy device on HPs website. Further, it wont boot into windows on a 30GB or 40GB HDD with windows already installed so i couldnt use a windows based bios utility anyway..
Am I stuck at a dead end or is there anything else I can try. I know the unit can take large capacity HDD well above 30-40GB or is that incorrect? It doesnt seem like a motherboard defect or failure since there is no major beeps or issues... I would appreciate any help with troubleshooting.