Old motherboard BIOS update

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Postby thomas_w_bowman » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:39 am

Even for Win98, one should be able to partition a physical HD into 128 MB partitions. 20 Mb sounds like that tech was trying to sell a 20 MB HD...

And, yes, USB 2.0 is a hardware/driver issue, not so much BIOS.
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Postby Alb1 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:40 pm

My motherboard ID is: 09/01/2000-i440BX-ITE867-2A69KS2IC-00
(as for the techician who, a long ago, told me that it was impossible to use hard disks bigger than 20 GB, maybe he was mistaken)
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Postby Alb1 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:57 pm

My motherboard ID is: 09/01/2000-i440BX-ITE867-2A69KS2IC-00
Does it support hard disks bigger than 20 GB? If so, the technician who told me that it couldn't was mistaken.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:27 pm

If the BIOS date is 09/2000, then it should accept a hard drive of 20 GB (possibly 32 GB) capacity in the primary or bootable partition. If the BIOS has an LBA extension, then the drive should be automatically configured by the BIOS to be addressable. There should be the option of 'normal', 'large' and 'LBA' available for systems of that age. If not, then divide the cylinder count by 4, and multiply the head count by 4, using the non-selectable range. Do not change the sector count! The drive must be partitioned and formatted on that machine, and may or may not be useful on other systems unless redone (new partitions, format) in a new setup. As I noted earlier, it can easily work with a 40 GB hard drive with two partitions or more.
Use the install CD for the OS, to create two or more partitions.. ensuring the primary or "C" partition is 20 GB or less. Then format all partitions, before beginning an install of the OS. Otherwise, use a Win 98 boot floppy disk with the needed command files to partition and format the drive as required.
Better to create two equal-sized partitions, rather than one large and one useless smaller one.
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Postby evasive » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:31 pm

I'm going to try and find if a later version exists and if not, how big a harddisk your current bios should support, if not 128GB, see if we can patch it so it does support 128GB, courtesy of wimsbios.com
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