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  1. tommyt13

    tommyt13 Thread Starter

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    I am having problems using a 200gb drive with an older (2002) gateway. I installed the HD and ran fine for a few months, then I got the the disk read error. I used old drive to load windows and reformatted the 200gb drive, and the it worked fine for another couple months.
    I have changed IDE cables and tried everything else but updating bios. So I am currently trying to update the bios with no luck.

    My bios readout is as follows
    bios rev PT84510A.15A.0005.PO3.0203061931 DATE 03/06/02

    I went to gateway website and entered my serial number for the update and found the update for 12/2002, not that current. But i tried it and follwed the directions exactly. the floppy would not work, i got the nonsystem disk error.

    Any suggestions for properly updating my bios?
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Unless a bios update addresses the specific problem that you are having, DON'T DO IT.

    It could break other things.
     
  3. Triple6

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    I don't think a BIOS update will solve your drive problem.

    A disk read error usually indicates a failing hard drive. I'd run the manufacturer's diagnostics on it.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    If it ran fine before, a BIOS update is not necessary to make it run now.
     
  5. tommyt13

    tommyt13 Thread Starter

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    I do not think my current bios will allow for hard drives over 147 GB.
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    So, what did it see when it was working fine?
     
  7. tommyt13

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    I think it may have only seen 147gb but I dont know. When i load diagnostics it says 147 gb but when i o0pen my computer and view it via E drive it says 200gb
     
  8. tommyt13

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    I will take all suggestions on the disk read error press Ctrl alt del to restart.
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    If my computer sees it for 200 gigs, then that is fine. You definitely do NOT need a bios update.

    As to the disk read error, that is usually indicative of a failing drive.

    Download the drive diagnostics program (or perhaps the drive came with the disk) and run it on the drive.
     
  10. tommyt13

    tommyt13 Thread Starter

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    running diagnostics now...what if everything comes back fine
     
  11. ~Candy~

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    Be sure the bios setup is set for LBA.
     
  12. tommyt13

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    how do I do that?
     
  13. ~Candy~

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    When the computer is starting, there is a key to press after the first beep...usually DEL, F1 or F2 (most common). Once there you should see hard drive info.
     
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