I have a very unusual problem with a pair of V5 I-Openers that I bought recently from EBay. Here are the details:
* Bought 2 I-Openers, apparently V5's, from EBay, via a vendor who sells a lot of them.
* Replaced BIOS in both machines with BadFlash BIOS. Machines appear to load BIOS properly.
* Using 44-40 PIN complete adapter from BadFlash to connect to either an external 16MB SanDisk card (stdb-128, has IDE interface) or a 3.5" harddrive. Both powered by external PS.
* Neither machine will recognize a hard drive at BIOS level
* Both machines will recognize the external SanDisk
* Normally, neither machine will boot from the external SanDisk -- the machine just hangs
* Can get the machine to boot from the SanDisk (with a DOS image on the card ) if I turn on the external PS slightly after the machine starts running the BIOS, just before or while the BIOS is trying to detect the primary master.
* After booting to DOS, I formatted the internal SanDisk ( format d: /s ) but it will not boot.
I have tried just about everything to get these two machines to work, including a vast array of BIOS settings, mis-setting the hard-drive geometry to the same as the SanDisk geometry and banging on the keyboard.
Although after two weeks of thrashing it would be humiliating for someone to point out a simple problem that would get these machines to work. But, please, humiliate me.
Any ideas? Do I have a new breed of un-hackable I-Opener that is just now being cleared out of a dusty warehouse?