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need BIOS update ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lentil, Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. lentil

    lentil Thread Starter

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    If I enable UDMA in my BIOS - no matter what I set it to ie UDMA2,3,4 ... etc it automaticly jumps to UDMA6. This is too fast for my caddies, I cant get rid of the caddies, I can't source better caddies so I need to lower the UDMA level.

    Is this normal HDD behavior ? - I would have assumed that setting the UDMA level in the BIOS should have locked it at that speed.

    I suspect that I need a BIOS update. In the past I have tried to find the correct BIOS update but to no avail. Is there an app I can run to tell me what BIOS update I need ? I am thinking of something like the crucial memory locater app.
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    A BIOS update will probably enable your hard drive data interface to run as fast as the hardware detects it can. I have read your other thread regarding the removable caddy that is causing trouble, a BIOS upgrade will not help with this and may make the problem worse. http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/590595-solved-udma-nightmare.html
     
  3. lentil

    lentil Thread Starter

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    I was wondering if a BIOS update might enable me to lock the UDMA mode in say UDMA4 instead of it jumping to UDMA6 no matter what UDMA mode I set the BIOS to.
     
  4. win2kpro

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    1st check your BIOS version. After you know your BIOS version check the motherboard manufacturers site for BIOS updates. IF this is a "mass produced" machine such as Dell, Gateway, etc. DO NOT check the motherboard manufacturers site, check the machine manufacturers site.

    On BIOS updates there should be a "Read Me" file that explains what problems the BIOS update corrects. If a BIOS update does not correct a specific problem you are having, DO NOT UPDATE THE BIOS.
     
  5. lentil

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    OK im on it :)
     
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