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#1 shekharleem

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 05:53 PM

got problem with my pentium I pc
i recently bought a 40 gb hdd but i can't use it cause my bios doesn't recognize it
help

#2 jmmijo

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 06:02 PM

Most likely the motherboard BIOS can only see up to an 8.4GB HD. You will have to get a controller card like THIS one to use that hard drive smile

#3 fmilano

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 09:37 PM

Maybe you can update your Flash BIOS (I had exactly the same problem with a PENTIUM I and I solved it in that way). Check your BIOS manufacturer's site and look for updates for your bios model (when you boot, take note of the version number and model). Read carefully the instructions befored flashing your BIOS, it's a risky task for your PC.

Good luck,

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#4 theefool

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 11:42 PM

Another thing to try is to partition the drive in small 5 mb or 8 mb sizes. See what happens.

#5 Wicked101

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 01:18 AM

Originally posted by theefool:
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Another thing to try is to partition the drive in small 5 mb or 8 mb sizes. See what happens.


If the BIOS can not see the hard drive then he will not be able to partition the hard drive, and what are you gonna do with about 5000 8MB partitions, that will be useless.

#6 111RM

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 02:13 AM

BIOS older than May 1999 usually do not recognize drives over 32GB. Solutions:
1) use BIOS Pather (at your own risk, however, i my opinion it works good) - it will patch current BIOS to recognize drives up to 137GB,
or
2) find BIOS on manufacturer's site and flash (manufacturer and model can be found on board, usually between PCI slots, manufacturer can be recognized from lower BIOS string on first boot screen),
or
3) install IDE controller.

#7 nemesis02

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:21 AM

urhhh... why you want a pentium one?...lol *sheeze*

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:48 AM

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