I have the exact same problem, same exact laptop. New hard drive not recognized. So I installed it in another laptop to rule out something wrong with the hard drive and further determined that it was the connector on the system board. I would appreciate if you let me know as soon as possible if you were able to resolve your issue. Thank you. Rick M.
I am actually looking into getting a new board. I found some for around $170, but man, that's a bummer. I also think that this is a common problem, due to the fact that so many are for sale for parts. The board is also somewhat hard to find. Als, please let me know if you figure something out.