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By lp_woon ·
i have a 166 mmx pc which the motherboard can't detect the hard-disk, suspect the super I/O defect. I try to use a 486 add on card(including a fdd, hdd, serial port & parallel port) to detect the hdd, but i have no idea how to detect it.
need your help.....
TQ

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by dmiles In reply to harddisk detection failur ...

Boot your computer and at the Post startup screen locate the key to enter the CMOS control panel to the BIOS,look at configuration window and go down the list to Hard drives and make sure that the hard drive is listed and set to AUTO
Also look to see if the hard drive is listed as the first drive detected for booting system,use up or down arrow key to select choice
Make sure that you have the card drivers installed properly.

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by dmiles In reply to harddisk detection failur ...

Boot your computer and at the Post startup screen locate the key to enter the CMOS control panel to the BIOS,look at configuration window and go down the list to Hard drives and make sure that the hard drive is listed and set to AUTO
Also look to see if the hard drive is listed as the first drive detected for booting system,use up or down arrow key to select choice
Make sure that you have the card drivers installed properly.

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by fenaikh In reply to harddisk detection failur ...

Hi
I
Hardware check:
1- Make sure the setting of jumbers is correct.(see in the back of the hard disk and near the jumbers for directions) and record the number of HAEDS CYLENDERS Sector per track (SPT) in a paper you may need that later.
2-Makesure that the RED side of the cable is in PIN ONE in both side of the data cable in Hard Disk and motherboard and affirm that the cable is in both side are fitted in the full pins.(both side of the cables and the pins (some times only one side of the pins are hooked and it looks that both hooked). (if ok try another cable)
3-check POWER CABLE for power is reaching the HARD DISk. (Change if not ok)
4-Boot with only the hard disk as a master no slave hard dis or as CD-ROM and check for lights and sound of the hard disk. (If too much noise then you may have to replace har disk)
5- See of any detection on the screen. if not then go to check BIOS.

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BIOS:
First you check that your BIOS does SUPPORT your hard disk (the size the numbercylenders ect limitions) check BIOS venedr site for that.
Some BIOSes Give the option of Auto detection if you have that option then try it. if not then go to where the hard disk setup change and make sure both the seeting of the type and block addressing is et to AUTO. IF you do not have that option then choose USER and write the correct setting of the HEADS cylenders SPT and set the addressing to LBA (try other setting till you get the correct one).

III:
Check the hard disk with anotherworking IDE card.
Check the hard disk with another working PC.
GOOd luck
Mohamed

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by fenaikh In reply to harddisk detection failur ...

Hi
sorry missed this one in the BIOS section

Check the HARD DISK VENDOR if they have hard disk overly driver if BIOS has limitions.

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by WanabeDrSean In reply to harddisk detection failur ...

what size is the hard drive if it is over 4 gigs or so the bios may need to be flashed with a newer version. try useing the onboard ide before the super i/o card after updating the bios unless you are "old school" you might not under stand this but the super i/o card you are talking about does not need drivers it simply needs the resources it is set to use via jumpers to be free (that is made availible from the systems bios.) if it is simply a detection issue where the right size isnt being reported by the bios use the dynamic drive overlay software so the full size is useable even though it is not being reported by the bios correctly. also if this is a compaq system try setting the hard drive to cable select. if none of this works then I recommend buying a newer udma 100 add on pci card on the system board and dont mess with the old 486 i/o card you wont like it even if you get it to work.

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