|It's odd indeed, the motherboard recognizes the HDD. |
On the System Configuration tab, where the boot order is, one of the options is "Notebook Hard Drive". That is pretty much the only mention of the HDD on the motherboard. They list a generic one, without specifics of the drive.
In the diagnostics mode, it has a "Primary Hard Drive Self Test" that tests the HDD and, after 75 minutes, tells me that is in good shape.
I also did a memory test here, and it came up clean. I removed both memory sticks, clean the connectors and plug them again, with no change.
No other devices are connected (I even disconnected the CD player), and no is password set.
To make even weirder, as I mentioned before, I was able to enter the restore mode and re-install windows from the safety partition. I did that once, and now, if I try to do it again, it will try to start the software, but will hang and go no further.
It seems to me that the problem is that the motherboard won't start the hard drive, for some reason. That's why the HDD light doesn't blink.