120GB: Biostar MV6BE-A

BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
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fun_frog
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I have an old Biostar MV6BE-A built into a Fujitsu-Siemens PC. I have updated the BIOS more than once, but always with .bins from F-S. Now i've bought a big IBM Harddisk with 120 GB, and have the 64GB Problem (hanging).
I looked into http://wims.rainbow-software.org and found a zip file made by "nicks". There are two files, M6vbeax.bin and M6VBEAx.txt . Looking into the .txt file confused me, because it looked like a patch log not a bios update.
There is an unknown flasher (?) listed: awd64gb vbe0323b.bin

So i don't know what to to now.

Another point is: what happens when i change from Fujitsu-Siemens bios to original (and patched) Biostar bios ?

Some ideas ? Can "nicks" tell something about ? I NEED this hard disk :?
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On a side note: if you still can, run don't walk and return your IBM drive for something else.
Flash your BIOS at your own risk.
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fun_frog wrote:I looked into http://wims.rainbow-software.org and found a zip file made by "nicks". There are two files, M6vbeax.bin and M6VBEAx.txt . Looking into the .txt file confused me, because it looked like a patch log not a bios update.
There is an unknown flasher (?) listed: awd64gb vbe0323b.bin
You're correct - it is the log of the patcher awd64gb.exe. The log is really for our own information. The M6vbeax.bin is the patched BIOS update file and should support HDD up to 128 GB, although the display of the HDD size may be inaccurate. You should be able to flash this file using the Award flash utility in the same way as you would flash MSI's unpatched file.
Tested patched BIOSes. Untested patched BIOSes.
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fun_frog
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@NickS: Thanks, that was, what i wanted to hear. Now i will try it :D

@soupy: What's wrong with the drive. its my third IBM harddisc. The original one (32 GB) will be exchanged now, but is only to small, and after three years no single problem. The second one is a IC35L (GXP120) with 40 GB, fast and quiet. The new one (GXP180) should be fast and silent.
Well, it now belongs to Hitachi (they have already moved the web pages).
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IBM drives have a ludicrous failure rate; do a quick web search and you'll see people screaming about them.
Flash your BIOS at your own risk.
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soupy wrote:IBM drives have a ludicrous failure rate; do a quick web search and you'll see people screaming about them.
Although, to be fair, that's specifically the 75GXP. And some dumb remark they made and then retracted about the designed power-on hours on the 120GXP. I don't think there's been anything bad about the 60GXP (cross fingers). Other have their problems too, like WD with the old Caviar 1.6 GB. Come to think of it, I've returned Quantum (1), Maxtor (2), Seagate (1) and WD (2) drives in the past 20 years but not yet an IBM. Although I did fry one IBM 80 Mb ESDI drive which had a soft shell on the power connector, so you could insert the power the wrong way round.
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GXP60 and GXP75 series: yes. All others: scoring better than WD (less failures).
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System error, strike any user to continue...
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I guess it's like PcChips; are you really going to trust them NOW? Especially since Big Blue denies there was even a problem?
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Personally, I trust PC Chips boards more than IBM IDE HDDs :)
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Heh.... I just love the way a Biostar/Fujitsu-Siemens/IBM issue degenerates into a PCCHIPS defense... :lol:
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PC Chips is contagious. Once you get into the morass you can never leave :twisted:
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fun_frog
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I tried Mv6beax.bin with awdflash, but it told me:
the program file's part number does not match with your system.

In front of this message are some numbers:

For 693A-596-8671-2A6LGB09C-0 Date 11/29/1999
Flash Type SST 29EE020 /5V

There was the Fujitsu Siemens BIOS version VBE0407A.bin activ.

So what now - I'm desperate, I need that big drive. :?
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Try another version of Awdflash or try UniFlash.
Patched and tested BIOSes are at http://wims.rainbow-software.org
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