Re: Award BIOS Update for Luckytech Apollo MVP3 MB

Re: Award BIOS Update for Luckytech Apollo MVP3 MB


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Posted by Henry on June 26, 2001 at 23:33:46:

In Reply to: Re: Award BIOS Update for Luckytech Apollo MVP3 MB posted by phildesor on June 25, 2001 at 15:13:26:

: : : I need a BIOS update for a VIA Apollo MVP3 Rev:C card
: : : The BIOS string is:

: : : 04/02/1999-VP3-586B-SMC6-2A5LESHDC-00

: : : The web related pages seems to not work:
: : : www.sye.com.tw
: : : www.luckytech.com.tw

: :
: : 1. I suggest that you keep trying to raise SYE for a while longer unless you learn that they are gone for good.
: : 2. If you just WANT a BIOS update - forget it; it will be far more trouble (and risky) than it is worth. DO NOT "update" your BIOS unless the update is KNOWN to fix a problem you have or give you a feature that you "need". I don't know of any mainboard maker who advises applying a BIOS update if your mainboard is working OK. This is the CLASSIC example of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
: : 3. If you really NEED a BIOS update you may have to resort to the alternatives - depending on your need, there may be some workable alternatives.

: : Please give us an indication of what you want to get from a BIOS update - someone may be able to offer some good suggestions.

: : Henry

: I need the update for a larger hard-drive:
: A 40 GB Quantum Fireball


If you cannot find an authentic BIOS update (from the mainboard maker) and you need support for large HDD then you can still get it, but NOT FREE:

1. Consider getting above board BIOS (up to 128GB) from:
http://store.firmware.com/cgi-bin/mfi
http://www.unicore.com/products/extenders/lbapro.htm

2. Consider ATA/66 or ATA/100 expansion card (128GB)

3. Consider custom BIOS from:
http://www.unicore.com

4. As a last resort, if you have only one HDD or you have all identical HDDs - consider a drive overlay progrm such as EZ-BIOS or Disk Manager. They are not compatible with all BIOS, sometimes the work well, sometimes not, and they are hard to remove if not successful. Frequently incompatible with compaq BIOS "system" - [Search W-D site for "remove ez bios" and read the tips and articles]. See EZ-BIOS removal notes at:
http://www.windrivers.com/tech/troubleshoot/removedm/ezsafe.htm
and:
http://www.wdc.com/service/FAQ/ezdrive.html#lba

If you decide on the drive overlay route I recommend not keeping any data on the HDD that you want (BACKUP FREQUENTLY TO CD-R or zip or ??) until you are satisfied that it will work.

There may be some additional alternatives that someone else can tell you about.

Good Luck,
Henry




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