Hardware problem!

  Bruce_Lee 08:56 15 Oct 2003

I am currently trying to install a Maxtor 80GB ATA133 (7200) HDD in a (really) old system with an AMD K6-2 450 processor and a Gigabyte GA-5AX (Rev 4) mainboard.I know that the board only supports UDMA mode 4 (ATA 66) max, so the drive would only have a maximum transfer rate of 66.6 MB/s.

However I am having trouble getting the system to recognise the total drive capacity running Win 98. I have looked for a BIOS update to see if this would fix the problem but have been unable to find one.

Is there any way I can get this to work?

Does anyone know of a website that has older BIOS files (the Gigabyte website does not have my board listed).

Any help is much appreciated.

  graham√ 09:04 15 Oct 2003

Down load MaxBlast 3 from click here

  Bruce_Lee 09:17 15 Oct 2003

I have Maxblast 3, both the cd version and the floppy version.

This is the first hard drive I have installed, but I did use Maxblast 3, (floppy version) to install the drive. I think it might be the motherboard that does not recognise the size of the drive.

  graham√ 09:26 15 Oct 2003

Do you get the Dynamic Drive Overlay screen when you boot? I thought this got round motherboard problems.

  minter 09:35 15 Oct 2003

If the following is your problem the fix may be at the bottom.

When you use Fdisk.exe to partition a hard disk that is larger than 64 GB (64 gigabytes, or 68,719,476,736 bytes) in size, Fdisk does not report the correct size of the hard disk.

The size that Fdisk reports is the full size of the hard disk minus 64 GB. For example, if the physical drive is 70.3 GB (75,484,122,112 bytes) in size, Fdisk reports the drive as being 6.3 GB (6,764,579,840 bytes) in size.

Fdisk uses some 16-bit values internally to calculate the size of the drive. Some of these variables overflow when the drive size is equal to or larger than 64 GB.

A supported fix is now available from Microsoft -
click here;en-us;263044

  minter 09:39 15 Oct 2003

Sorry the address did not appear properly

click here;en-us;263044

  minter 09:47 15 Oct 2003

Sorry again MS are determined that I cannot post this address but here goes.

You will need to type in "http://" and then "support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;263044"

Without the quotes of course. This will give the fix (I hope).

  graham√ 09:47 15 Oct 2003

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