Re: Pentium 133 to support > 8.4 G hard drives

Re: Pentium 133 to support > 8.4 G hard drives


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Posted by Henry on September 05, 2001 at 17:22:43:

In Reply to: Pentium 133 to support > 8.4 G hard drives posted by Lee on September 04, 2001 at 08:09:57:

: Hello.

: I am looking for information / tips regarding how to upgrade the BIOS on old Pentium 133 to handle hard disks larger than 8.4 GB.

: Any suggestion is welcome and will be very much appreciated !

: Please CC a copy of your reply to me at apexx@softhome.net

: Thanks again !

If your mainboard is very old there may not be an update to solve your problem. The simplest thing to do is get an ATA/66 or ATA/100 interface; they usually support HDDs up to 128GB - probably larger very soon. This is the easiest, least risky method I can suggest.

If you want to look for the free fix (BIOS update) you should search the mainboard maker's web site for the update. You will need to know the maker, the model number and hardware revision number of your mainboard. The revision number is usually in a corner of the mainboard - etched or printed - sometimes under a sticker. Find the maker's BIOS update instructions and follow them EXACTLY - ask another question if there is something that is not clear.

BE CAREFUL. You must use the right BIOS update for YOUR mainboard; if you use the wrong update some and possibly all of your mainboard functions may not run right - that is IF anything works at all. Study (read FAQs and archived posts, read BIOS maker's instructions) all you can find on BIOS updates and especially study about recovering a corrupt BIOS; there's a good article at:
http://www.amptron.com/Documents/Recover_a_corrupt_BIOS.pdf

If you don't know your mainboard maker follow the motherboard ID procedure at:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com

Hope this helps,
Henry


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