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Hardware Bios not accepting Hard-drive

By bonisjr ·
I have here an ATC 5030 motherbooard
IDT 240 processor, award bios v1.7
has started detecting a maxtor 1.3 gig HD
as a 530, IDE auto detection states it's
1.3 but bios reverts to 528 each boot any
one has an Idea?.

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by AIVAS In reply to Hardware Bios not accepti ...

Many questions remain here.

How was the drive initially installed? Autoconfigure in BIOS or with a Drive overlay (Disk Manager, EZ-Drive, etc.)

What happened just before this started to happen? Did the computer crash, etc.

Have you tried checking for a virus? (Slim chance but what the heck)

Which IDT 240MHz processor? RISC? x86?

What is the Operating System?

Answer these questions here and I'm sure there will be more replies. I know it would sure help me to know more.

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by Dharma In reply to Hardware Bios not accepti ...

It sounds like your BIOS is the source of the problem, since most of the old version BIOS only support those Hard Drives which have up to 1023 cylinders (528MB).

You can fix that by:
1. Flash your BIOS (this process is not reversible, so be pretty sure you apply the correct BIOS image). you can download those flash program and BIOS image at http://www.a-trend.com/bios.html

2. Apply EZ-Drive (Data Lifeguard Tools) in order to break 528MB Hard Drive limitation. You can download the programand user guide from http://www.westerndigital.com/service

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by kahlich In reply to Hardware Bios not accepti ...

How old is the CMOS battery. Fixed a similar situation where a 3.5 floppy kept reverting back to 5.25. New battery was the trick.

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by rcastellan In reply to Hardware Bios not accepti ...

Well the board should be new enough to recoginize drives larger than 540 meg, but if its not you need to do one of two things. Eother upgrade the bios to see if it will recoginize larger dives or go to the drive manufacturer or any drive manufacturer anddownload a program like easy bios or some drive overlay program. It will create a floppy. You boot to this floppy and it then recoginizes all connected drives and adds a drive overlay to the drive faking the bios out to think its the corect sizeand willtherefore let you use the full size of the drive.

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by Sakis Samaras In reply to Hardware Bios not accepti ...

well it seems that you have realy old BIOS. Since 1997 most BIOS supports HDs abeve 540 MB if your Bios is old and your motherboard supports Flashing (eg your BIOS located at EEPROM rather than on EPROM) you may use manufacturer's utility to upgradeyourBIOS. BUT ... IF THERE IS A SLIDE POSSIBILITY TO STOP THE FLASHING PROCESS BY RESET OR POWER FAIL YOU WILL BE IN TROUBLE!!!
The computer may be unuseble until the ROMS restores by a specialist (some times even by the manufacturer only). So be sure when you 've taking those steps.
So if you're not familiar with flashing you may use EZ-DRIVE or other soft available at HD's manufacturer site. (www.maxtor.com i think) This will give you a overlay fille (internal BIOS addon) to access more that the originalmaximum cappacity of 540MB
but it will take also a 1 KB from your's system memory and would appear to win95/98 like you've been using old FAT16. So if win95/98 suggest to you to alter your FAT to FAT32 DON'T DO IT!!! you will simply loose your drive (If

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