New 80Gb upgrade not recognised in BIOS

  Gaz 25 23:40 10 Jun 2005

Now, I've tried to upgrade an old computer - Time computer to be exact. 500D I think the model is.

Installed a new seagate 80gb Baracuda IDE ATA drive, instead of the current 20Gb one.

However, BIOS crashed on post when detecting IDE. So set it to limit to 32Gb mode on the jumper, BIOS worked, and recognised disk fine.

However, when trying to boot from it, I get %011010001010101101010001011010011101010101010105 all over the screen, and it fails to boot.

Linux recognised and installed to the drive, but it just wont boot from it.

Any ideas?

  Gaz 25 23:45 10 Jun 2005

Forget the 5 by the way, its like % with a load of binary digits, and ends with a %

  Gaz 25 02:09 11 Jun 2005

Actually, will a ATA IDE PCI card solve it?

  €dstowe 06:29 11 Jun 2005

I think the key word in this is "old".

Will your M/B accept a HDD larger than 20GB?

I remember quite easily when that size of drive was considered vast and computers were unable to see anything larger.

  Gaz 25 06:40 11 Jun 2005

I don't think it will, and guess what? No more BIOS updates for it. :-(

Will the IDE controller PCI card work then?

  dan11 07:04 11 Jun 2005

" Will the IDE controller PCI card work then? "

Yes, as a slave drive. Unless the bios has the facility to boot from the pci controller card.

Has the new drive a 32 gig limitation setting on the jumper switches, you could try that, to get it going.

Or download the seagate seatools to fool the bios, this should allow the full size of the drive.

  Gaz 25 07:08 11 Jun 2005

Here's the problem...

I need to boot from it, the 32gig limitation produced the

%01101000101010110101000101101001110101010101010% problem, with binary digits all over the screen.

Fooling the BIOS, hmm, ok. But.. I need to run and boot linux from this drive.

  Gaz 25 07:10 11 Jun 2005

I'll clarify that the limitation does stop the BIOS from crashing, and allows it to be detected, but when I try to boot from it I get Binary digits on the screen.

  Gaz 25 07:10 11 Jun 2005

I'll take a picture if it helps, weird problem - never seen it before. It then fails to boot, sorry about the two posts there. Forgot to mention.

  DieSse 11:15 11 Jun 2005

It's almost certainly a BIOS problem - some older BIOS's can appear to recognise the drive, but still not address it correctly.

A PCI IDE card should solve it - Seatools may solve it (but it can't always!).

  DieSse 11:16 11 Jun 2005

PS - there's no reason you can't boot from PCI IDE card.

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