Re: Bios upgrade

Re: Bios upgrade


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Posted by Henry on November 28, 2001 at 20:47:28:

In Reply to: Bios upgrade posted by Robert Cadieux on November 25, 2001 at 14:12:04:

: I bougts a 60gig hard drive....Maxtor....when attempting to install it states the bios in my machine cannot handle the hard drive.... I think I need an update..... I had a motherboard installed in april 99 on my bill it says BxPro 1360.98... can anyone help me please..... how do I upgrade?


You should look for a free BIOS update on the mainboard maker's web site (there MAY NOT be a fix that supports 60GB HDDs). You will need to know your mainboard maker, mainboard model and maybe mainboard version. Follow the motherboard ID article and figure out what you have:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com

When you find the BIOS updates be sure and study the Release Notes for all of the BIOS Releases you can find since your BIOS was issued. The latest BIOS update usually contains ALL of the changes since the BIOS was first issued, BUT the Release Notes usually only tell you what changes were made since the previous update - so you need to study a bunch of notes - if you can find them. There is NO POINT "updating" your BIOS unless you KNOW the update will fix your problem or provide the feature you want (large HDD support); you have nothing to gain and your BIOS to lose if you "update" anyway. Sometimes "upgrades" are just the opposite.

If you can't find a free update or prefer not to risk misflashing the BIOS - just use an ATA/66 expansion card. An ATA/66 card will support up to four (4) additional IDE devices and provide support for HDDs up to about 128GB. If you like, you can spend double (ATA/100) or quadruple (ATA/133) the cost of ATA/66 but you won't get much better performance IF ANY. Reason: Sustained data transfer rate of IDE HDDs is much less than 66 MB/sec - check your specs. Burst rate can be higher but not for long (2MB buffer / 133 MB/sec = 1/66.7 sec - about 15 milliseconds - to empty the buffer).


Good Hunting,
Henry



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