Re: Phoenix Bios 4.0 Release 6.0 Upgrade

Re: Phoenix Bios 4.0 Release 6.0 Upgrade


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Posted by Curt on January 22, 2002 at 10:13:41:

In Reply to: Re: Phoenix Bios 4.0 Release 6.0 Upgrade posted by Henry on November 28, 2001 at 22:43:43:

Henry,

Good news. After I posted my problem with my laptop, I decided to "play around" with the laptop and see what I could do. Since I am a computer person and I work on computers full-time and have a lot of experience with them, I felt I had some tricks to try.
My situation is this, the previous hard drive was a triple boot win95, win2k, and linux. What I had done to preserve my information was image my hard drive in linux and store the win95 and win2k partitions on my big desktop. Since the bios in my new hard drive was only showing 8.4 gigs, I decided to mess around with the heads/cyls/sectors. I found I could 'adjust' the size, but doing that didn't help out cause the laptop wouldn't function properly, needless to say, it got mad at me. Finally, I took the drive out, wrote down all the specs (ie. cyls/heads/sectors) down, put the drive back in and then booted the machine and went into the bios. There, I manually setup the drive with those EXACT settings off the drive.
Next, I saved the settings and restarted the machine with a linux boot disk / setup disk. I then started up a partition manager and POOF. Low and behold, all 20 gig was Available for use. I just thought this was something that Linux could do and windows couldn't ( which could very well be, since Linux is superior IMHO ). I created 2 2gig FAT32 partitions for windows ( thats all the space I actually wanted cause I dont use windows that much, just for a few specific programs, so not much space was desired ). Then I created my Linux partitions. I installed linux on the machine and restarted it. What do you know, it booted up. :)
Next, with linux up and going, I copied the images I had saved of win95 and win2k back over to my laptop and rebooted.
Low and behold, windows even booted up, both versions of it. I was shocked needless to say.
Of course, windows doesn't read linux's ext2 partitions and since I have Partition Magic 5, I decided to run it to see if the rest of my hard drive could be viewed.
Well, to my suprise, Partition Magic 5 found ALL 20 gigs and all my linux partitions.
So, I now have all 20 gigs available for use ( minus the overhead for creating the fat tables and stuff cause you can never get the full capacity out of a hard drive ).
So, with this, I'm thinking that windows will be able to recognize all 20 gigs of it if anybody wanted to do that. Also, a little FYI about the hard drive. It is a Toshiba 20 gig MK2016GAP. I bought the toshiba because the previous hard drive was also a Toshiba.

So, despite the bios only showing 8.4 gigs, it fully recognizes all 20 gigs. I *think* that it might have a problem with the Suspend-to-disk partition, but I currently do not have that feature installed because I do not use it at all.

BTW. A little side note for memory. My manual only shows being able to accept 64 meg chips. This is false. I bought a 128 meg chip for it ( Centon 128MBLT100 ) and put it in one of the slots ( I forget which one, but I don't believe it mattered ) and left a 32 meg chip in the other. I started up the machine and it recognizes all 160 megs of ram in it. So, this might be of some assistance to people as well. Kind of like a 'double bonus' :)

Anyways, I hope this helps out people. If anybody wants to contact me for further information, please feel free to.

Curt


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