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By Lo ·
I have a Panacer 6LX mb, Award BIOS, v4.51 made in 1998, 433 MMX Intel. Got a 20gb WD hd and can only see 8.4 gb (all as doc and tech says). Panacer doesn't do BIOS upgrades (yes, it may be an expensive lesson). Unicore.com, BIOS for Award, Phoenix, AMI, + says a replacement is $60 chip or flash upgrade. Anyone know of anyother (LEGAL) way to upgrade other than getting a new mb and/or processor? thx, lo

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by dmiles In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

You will have to check the internet for sites the offer updates and if I am not mistaken flash bios are free to upgrade and I have did updates to my bios.Check these sites
www.drivers.com
www.johnshardware.com
www.c/net.com
Also check message boards in computer sites,some of them have forums that will give you the info and update to bios info.
Find a computer store with the bord and,see if the bios disks are for sale.

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by Lo In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

www.drivers.com - about cars, driversguide?
www.johnshardware.com - bad url, www.c/net.com - ...cnet... - by mb and didn't have Panacer.

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by McKayTech In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

Very strange thing - as I read your note, I thought the numbers sounded familiar. I have a similar motherboard with an AWARD BIOS, v4.51 made in 1997 and running an Intel P233/MMX. I had no trouble getting it to see all of a Western Digital 13.6gig drive when I upgraded recently. Hmmm....
are you sure that LBA is enabled and you're not trying to use the CHS addressing mode?
It could be that BIOS release numbers are like sock sizes and don't really mean anything, but it IS curious.

Checking out the sites listed for a free BIOS upgrade is worthwhile but if it came down to spending $60 for a BIOS upgrade versus $80 for a whole new motherboard, I'd definitely go with the latter.

regards!

paul

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by Lo In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

Not Sure, I think LBA yes. DriveImage v2 sees 19gb, PQM3 8.4, NT 8.4 WHat is CHS? Decided **** with it, got a PIII today, will use existing for another system. Thx,lo

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by saihib In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

When you flash an Award bios you are prompted to save your old bios so that if the flash doesn't work you can go back. You may be able to do a workaround by finding a manufacturer whose board uses the same chipset and has same physical characteristics (pci, isa, agp, cpu support, cache type) and flashing your board with the other v4.51 update. If it doesn't work you can always go back to your old configuration.

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by Lo In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

Yup, Knew this. Several sites also said if you do it wrong, you smoke the chip & get $60 anyhow. lo

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by L J Quick Sr In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

For a flash upgrade take a look at WINS BIOS site, http://www.ping.be/bios/
Another alternative may be to use a disk manager such as EZ-Drive (New name is DATA LIFEGUARD), check WD's site for this info,
http://www.westerndigital.com/service/ftp/drives.html
this should be a free download from WD.
Good luck,
Larry (QCM)

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by Lo In reply to BIOS Upgrade - Sanity Che ...

Yup, knew this. Had probs with *DRIVE* WD and Max and NT in past, don't want to get into that again. Thanks anyhow.

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