Re: Bios update for gemlight 486sps motherboard Thanks Harry

Re: Bios update for gemlight 486sps motherboard Thanks Harry


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Posted by Henry on February 11, 2002 at 17:58:17:

In Reply to: Re: Bios update for gemlight 486sps motherboard Thanks Harry posted by Drewpy on February 11, 2002 at 16:09:10:

: : : Hopefully someone out there knows where to get a free bios flash for this motherboard.Alegedely the HD crashed,but i'm not so sure as i've tried auto detecting and manually putting in 3 different hard drives in cmos(one as old as 10-2-96)and all i get is hard disk fail(80) or when i go past that to fdsik it says error comunicating with drive c:.Is it possible that the bios will not even recognize a HD that is only one year older than the bios?It's an Award bios dated 1995.Would the cmos battery being dead cause this to happen?It saves the settings i put into cmos and keeps the correct time and date so i'm doubting it's the cmos battery.HEEEEELP Please!Thanks in advance,Drewpy
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: : Correct date and time says the CMOS battery is OK. If a virus attack you couldn't get into CMOS Setup, so - it sounds like something between the BIOS and the HDD - NOT the BIOS, NOT the HDD (try the HDDs in another PC if in doubt). That leaves the cable, the connection quality (bent pin anyplace?) and - the most likely - the onboard IDE function has probably failed (but TRY a known good cable).

: : If onboard IDE is dead - is the board still under warranty? If not, consider an IDE card (ATA/66) or a new mainboard.

: : Good Luck,
: : Henry

: Henry,Thanks for getting back to me so promptly.I've used 3 known good cables on the system and i'm also noticing on post that it's not detecting the CD Rom either so i'm assuming this guy needs a new MB or a new system.I'm sure the MB is out of warranty as it's a 95 system,and theres not much point of installing an IDE card if the system will require 2 of them for using the CD rom as well as the HD.Were talking about 54 bucks at that point for two cards and a new MB compatible with the case would run around 60.Let me know if you have any additional ideas.Thanks again,Drewpy


Sounds like mainboard would be the way to go IF you can find one that uses the CPU, memory and your expansion cards - if not, patching what you have might be a better way to go.

One PCI ATA/66 card supports up to four IDE devices so you need only one of them, about $20 USD at Fry's Electronics in Houston; ATA/33 would work equally well at about $15 USD. ISA cards are more expensive, but most support four IDE devices also.

Anyone thinking ATA/33 is "too slow" should study this article:
http://www.hwupgrade.com/hd/ata66_vs_ata33/

Hope this helps,
Henry


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