Re: Laptop hardrive problem, gotta be something to do with the bios...

Re: Laptop hardrive problem, gotta be something to do with the bios...


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Posted by Henry on February 02, 2002 at 11:15:29:

In Reply to: Laptop hardrive problem, gotta be something to do with the bios... posted by SamC on February 02, 2002 at 10:11:31:

: Hi.. I`m having a problem with my laptop reading a new 10gig harddrive. The BIOS is a systemSoft Bios and it reads the harddrve as only 8gig, which Im assuming is the max I can get. I`m happy with that.. Problem is. If I set the harddrive in the BIOS setting to the standard setting,, it will boot fine but theres only 10megs available so thats not exactly much use to me for installing Windows. If I set it too AUTO ID, it reads at 8gig but.. it wont boot, either says Disk I/O error or just freezes after the memory check. Its driving me nuts. Before I had a 1.3gig drive so Im wondering maybe the bios only allows me to use a 1.3 gig :(. I`ve taken 2 piccies of the setting in Standard and AUTO ID. Is that Landing Zone, write precomp anything to do with this, or has anyone had similar problems. Its impossible to find an updated Bios as its a feb 97 laptop.

: http://www.btinternet.com/~scmdesign/lap1.JPG
: http://www.btinternet.com/~scmdesign/lap2.JPG

: Any help would be greatly apreciated
: Kind Regards
: SamC


Definitely a BIOS problem. SystemSoft no longer sell BIOS products - so no help there. Maybe you can get a custom BIOS from Unicore (expensive, but maybe worth it) at:
http://www.unicore.com

If you have or can get an IBM laptop HDD you can use IBM's Feature Tool to reversibly trim HDD capacity to 8.0 GB then your drive will work fine:

http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm

I DO NOT recommend running Feature Tool on non-IBM HDDs - I DO NOT KNOW what the results would be.

Strongly recommend that you AVOID using drive overlay programs such as Disk Manager, EZ-BIOS, EZ-Drive and the like. Reason: Difficulty removing overlay without losing data and difficulty recovering data on a different computer when the laptop or HDD fails.

Good Luck,
Henry



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