BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
#69776 by Lotosdrache
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:43 am
Hello

I have some problems with my GA-5AX (socket 7, chipset: ALi Aladdin V Rev. H; datasheet), updated version of BIOS F4 (Award v4.51PG, see protocol below):

1. When backing up partitions to image files with DOS version of Norton Ghost, it works as long as HDDs have 40GB or less. Using 60GB or bigger HDDs, the first problem occurs at the dialogue box where I shall select "File name to copy image to". Normally, the drop down list for partition selection looks like this:
A: local drive
C: [System] local drive
D: [Dateien] local drive
E: [Programme] local drive
F: [swap] local drive
G: [Spiele] local drive
H: [Freizeit] local drive
When selecting one partition, its content is shown in the window below.

But when 60 GB or bigger HDDs are installed, the drop down list shows up as follows:
Image
As you can see, label in [] of each partition is disordered or lost. When selecting a partition, e. g. drive D: in the picture, its content is not shown in the window below. Instead, it seems to be empty even if it is not.
As soon as I click on the "save" button, the program hangs or seems to be caught in a loop.
I played around with HDD access methods ("Use/Disable Extended Interrupt 13h disk access" and "Use/Disable direct IDE disk access") but nothing helped.
I tested this with AMD K6-2+/570 and Intel Pentium-MMX 233. The result was always the same. The same problem also occurs on a Jetway 542C (chipset: ALi Aladdin V Rev. G) with original BIOS or patched BIOS from Jan Steunebrink's web site.

Apart from this, big drives seem to work flawlessly under Win98SE or DR-DOS.
When connecting the same 60GB and 80GB HDDs to a Gigabyte BX2000 (BIOS F9, also Award v4.51PG) with Intel Pentium-II 400, Ghost backs up properly. All three boards configure the HDDs as follows:
Option | Size | Cyls | Head | Precomp | LandZ | Sector | Mode
2 (Y) | 81G | 9964 | 255 | 0 | 39235 | 63 | LBA
2 (Y) | 61496M | 7476 | 255 | 0 | 29436 | 63 | LBA

I have no idea whether this problem is related to a bug in BIOS/chipset, HDD, or Norton Ghost. As I already mentioned, I'm using an updated version of Gigabyte's latest BIOS F4 (see protocol below).

Please, can you check the BIOS for these big HDD recognition bugs?
You can download the patched BIOS I am using from here:
Load GA-5AX_ModBIOS.zip from filehorst.de

BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 07/12/20018-ALADDIN5-2A5KKG09C-00
BIOS Eval:
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Protocol for GA-5AX BIOS F4 update:
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# Gigabyte GA-5AX soggi BIOS 1.0 #
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Bios Issue Date: 2018/07/12

Features:
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1. Fixed CPU support.
2. Fixed HDD detection.

Known Bugs:
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BIOS Patcher 6.00.alpha_15 report:
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BIOS Patcher ver. 6.00.alpha_15. |for Award/Phoenix & AMI bioses|
Attention! Advanced qualification is required!

Found 1Mbit Award BIOS!
Attention! - found Gigabyte-BIOS!

1. New CPU Support : -> fixed.
2. P3-detect error : is not needed to be fixed.
3. New Koeffs Support : -> fixed.
4. 32Gb-problem : not found.
5. Some HDD detect-problem : -> fixed.
6. "MB"/"GB" string search : is not needed to be fixed.
9. Error display Freq>999MHz : is not needed to be fixed.
10.Error display Koefs>9.5x : not found.
11.New Stepping Support : is not needed to be fixed.
12.Tualatin L2-init error : not found.
13.New Freq in Setup open : not found.

14.Set "Y" as default on exit: -> fixed.

Write Allocate addinng: not found.
UDMA66/100/133 on UDMA33_only_MB patch: not found.

Tweak options addinng:

Not free space in BIOS!
error!

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Last edited by Lotosdrache on Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.