My P5A-B only sees 8Gbs

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Wiggy
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My P5A-B only sees 8Gbs

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Afternoon guys.

Now, I haven't been on here for a while. :? Truth is that I simply didn't have enough space in my old place to run the SS7 system. But now I've moved into a place with my GF. Yay! So I've dusted off the old girl to get her running again. :D

The (latest) trouble I've got is that I've hooked up a IBM 160Gb to my P5A-B and the BIOS only reports 8Gb. So I had a look around and found one of these Disk Managing software on Maxtor's Site. (IBM don't seem to have one.) On trying that, it only reports 30 odd Gb.

So how do I get the BIOS (if it needs to), or this Disk Managing software to recognise the whole 160Gb?

Oh, I'm of course using the 1011 Beta 5 Bios.

Cheers for any help peeps. :wink:
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Post by Cthulhu8u »

Try Hitachi's website for similar software. IBM sold its Hard Drive division to them a few years back.

All the same, not sure if the P5A would recognize that large a hard drive. I think support peaked at 30-40GB. Can anyone confirm?
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Post by KachiWachi »

You should be able to get up to 128 GB native with this BIOS.

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My P5A-Bs will recognize 40 Gig drives; but I never tried anything larger.
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After fiddling for a bit. The bios now recognises 34Gb. I didn't have LBA mode on.

But that's still not too good.

I don't get it..... :?:
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Post by Jim »

Probably related to the fact, (at least I suppose it is a fact), that your board is only capable of recognizing drives up to 128 or 137 Gig max. Given that you are using a drive larger than its maximum recognition capability, I suspect what it is doing is attempting to calculate what size the drive is based on cylinder and head count; and coming up w/ the wrong answer because it is incapable of recognizing the values that drive has. You will probably have to use an "Overlay" to get it working properly.
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K6-3+ 450 ACZ (6x100)
DFI K6BV3+/66 Rev B2 (2 Meg) w/ 2x28mm Chipset Fans
2x256 Meg PC 133 Hynix SDRAM
1x 20G Maxtor (7200)
2x 80G Maxtor (7200) Ducted w/ 2x486 Fans Mount
52/24/52/16 LG CDR/RW/DVD
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Post by kalabok »

maybe u installed the capacity limit jumper on that harddrive?

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Post by Wiggy »

Ah sorted!

Found IBMs overlay software. Here

Started her up set the disk to the full capacity. Then it said Nope.

Quite rightly the BIOS doesn't like over 128Gbs, so I set it to that and off we go.

Brilliant, I can start playing now. :o
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Post by KachiWachi »

Some say you can ignore this if you are using W2K or WinXP (because the OS will take care of it for you)...but if it was me, I'd want the BIOS in control of things.

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@ Wiggy : You may find the subject matter at the following link usefull. I am not knowledgeable enough to say for certain if it will help you; but it seems to be the sort of thing that might.

http://www.k6plus.com/index.php?name=PN ... pic&t=1578
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K6-3+ 450 ACZ (6x100)
DFI K6BV3+/66 Rev B2 (2 Meg) w/ 2x28mm Chipset Fans
2x256 Meg PC 133 Hynix SDRAM
1x 20G Maxtor (7200)
2x 80G Maxtor (7200) Ducted w/ 2x486 Fans Mount
52/24/52/16 LG CDR/RW/DVD
8/4/3/12/24/16/32 LG Super Multi
ATI 9000 aiw Radeon AGP
SB Audigy 1 MP3 Sound
CMD 649 IDE Controller
NEC USB 2 Card

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Moderator - Wim's BIOS

PC #1 - DFI 586IPVG, K6-2/+ 450 (Cyrix MII 433), 128 MB EDO. BIOS patched by Jan Steunebrink.
PC #2 - Amptron PM-7900 (M520), i200 non-MMX, 128 MB EDO
PC #3 - HP8766C, PIII-667, 768 MB SDRAM
PC #4 - ASUS P3V4X, PIII-733, 256 MB SDRAM
PC #5 - Gateway 700X, P4-2.0 GHz, 768 MB PC800 RDRAM
PC #6 - COMPAQ Evo N1020v laptop, P4-2.4 GHz, 1 GB PC2700 DDR
PC #7 - Dell Dimension 4600i, P4-2.8 GHz, 512 MB PC2700 DDR
PC #8 - Acer EeePC netbook, Atom N270 @ 1.60 GHz, 1 GB RAM
PC #9 - ??? ;)

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