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bios and HDD incompatibility!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mymandarin123, Jan 28, 2002.

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  1. mymandarin123

    mymandarin123 Thread Starter

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    complete story,
    i had brought a 40gb seagate drive(earlier i had a samsung 4.3 GBHDD) few months back but it was when i installed the drive that i came to know my bios didn't support it.
    cpu: PII 333Mhz
    mobo manufaturer:pcpartner
    MODEL:VIB862D
    CHIPSET:VIA APOLLO pro
    CHIPSET PART NUMBER:
    SOUTH BRIDGE:VT82C586B
    NORTH BRIDGE:VT82C691
    PLATFORM:SLOT 1 BABY AT
    FLASH IC SIZE: 1 Mbit
    reply from my mobo manufaturer was "the mobo with 1Mb flash BIOS can only recognise drives upto 32 Gb."
    since i didn't have much money that time i used the seagate Dynamic Drive Overlay S/W to somehow make the HDD work but it caused me lot of reliability problems.

    i just want to make the 40GB HDD work perfectly .
    i know my sys is obsolete but apart from the bios problem i have no othe problems with my sys.

    which of these update options u think will ******cost me less*** but will still address my problem?

    1.buying the promise ultra 100 card(non raid version) (manufacturer claims that onboard bios can overcome any bios limitation and boost the transfer speed of HDD.)
    2.buy a new P2 slot 1 motherboard (are they available ?) with bios support for larger HDD.
    (if any brands are available can u just name a few good ones)
    any better options ??? please suggest me..
     
  2. brianF

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    Promise card should work, less expensive than a new motherboard.
     
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