120GB: 09/03/1999-693-596-W977-2A6LGG0AC-00

BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
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HL
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Hi,

had a 40GB IDE drive (working fine) and upgraded it to a Maxtor 120GB drive. However, the BIOS does not recognize the HDD. Even if I jumper it to 4092 Cyl. it cannot be accessed.
Unfortunately, Gigabyte does not provide a recent BIOS fix for this mainboard. :(

Any chance you could help?

BIOS Date: 09/03/99
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 09/03/1999-693-596-W947-2A6LGG0AC-00
Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-6VA
Chipset: Via Apollo Pro Plus (692/596)

HL
ajzchips
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The latest BIOS at GIGABYTE's site is:
http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/temp/6va_f2.zip
10/21/1999-693-596-W977-2A6LGG0AC-00

...and our large HDD support utility mentions:
BIOS already supports HDDs over 32GB & 64GB
HL
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Thanks for your reply.
So what do you think: Do I have to upgrade my BIOS (there is less than two months difference between the latest version and my BIOS version) or might the problem be located somewhere else?

HL
ajzchips
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If you don't try the newer BIOS, you'll (& we'll) never find out.
HL
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Hi again,

it was the HDD! After I got another model it all worked fine. Tip: Be careful if your Maxtor 4G120 says "Maxtor ROMULUS" - there is an error in the HDD's firmware.

Bye,
HL
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Hmm, thanks for the tip 8)
edwin/evasive

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