80GB: 12/12/2000-i440BX-W977EF-2A69KI3IC-00

BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
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Cactus521
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Have an Iwill BD100+ MB and new WD 80G drive... Latest Bios from Iwill's site is 12/12/00... They quit updating the Award Bios after that. The BIOS won't recognize the HD...locks during auto-detect... Can skirt around it by jumpering the HD, but the stupid overlay loads after setting up the drive.... I can remove the overlay using the drive utilities, but I'm afraid that will cause issues. Here's the full scoop on the BIOS.... (O/S is 98SE)... Any ideas?

Generated by: BIOS Wizard 2.10
Date: November 10, 2003
Time: 23:06

PnP Version : BIOS currently supports latest version 1.0
PCI Version : BIOS currently supports latest version 2.1
PCI IRQ Routing Table : BIOS currently supports this feature
Enhanced Disk Drive
Specification : BIOS currently supports this feature
DMI Version : BIOS supports minimum version 2.2. Latest is
version 2.3
ACPI Version : BIOS currently supports latest version 1.0
APM Version : BIOS currently supports latest version 1.2
Booting From CD-ROM : BIOS currently supports this feature
Supports ESCD : BIOS currently supports this feature
Can be Updated (flashed) : BIOS currently supports this feature
Can be Shadowed : BIOS currently supports this feature
BIOS Chip in Socket : BIOS currently supports this feature
Supports Selective Booting : BIOS currently supports this feature
Supports LS-120 Booting : BIOS doesn't support this feature
Supports ZIP Booting : BIOS doesn't support this feature
Supports Network Booting : The testing of this feature is not supported by
the current DMI version
BIOS Manufacturer : Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID : 12/12/2000-i440BX-W977EF-2A69KI3IC-00
BIOS Date : 12/12/00
BIOS OEM Signon : BD100Plus/31311A (Dec.12.2000)
BIOS ROM Size : 256K
Chipset : Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3
Super I/O Chip : UMC/ITE 8669 found at port 108h

Thanks and Regards,

John
NickS
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Checking it out....
NickS
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It's a tricky one....our normal patcher does not like it.

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D:\Hardware\Iwill>..\award\awd64gb bdp1212.bin
AWD64GB.EXE - Award BIOS patcher for HDDs over 32GB & 64GB v0.9
Copyright (c) 2002 Rainbow Software (http://rainbow.ht.st).

Searching for Main Block...Found at 131072
Searching for end of last block...Found at 215321
Decompressing Main Block...Decompressed 84245 bytes into 121748 bytes
BIOS ID string: Error #100: Disk read error.
However, the BIOS does not seem to be the real issue; bp does not find any bugs.

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D:\Hardware\ROM>bp-4rc71.exe bdp1212.bin
BIOS_Patcher ver. 4.0_RC.7.1 from "Second_Hope utils".
Warning! It is only test-version and recommended only for power-users!

Found 2Mbit BIOS (4.5x)!
"original.tmp" - MAIN_2 part Warning! Tiled BIOS!
(cpu_names)  1. : -> fixed.
(old_P3)     2. : not request to fixed.
(koefs)      3. :> -> fixed.
(32g)        4. : not found.
(32g-2)      5. : not found.
("MB")       6. : not request to fixed.
(1000MHz)    9. : not found.
(koef>9.5x)  10.: not found.
("genu")     7. : not request to fixed.
(L2-init)    11.: not found.
(new_freq)   12.: not found.

("Y"/"N")    13.: -> fixed.

UDMA for "big"-HDD on UDMA33_only_MB fix: not found.

CBROM V2.07 (C)Award Software 2000 All Rights Reserved.
[CPUCODE] ROM is releaseCBROM V2.07 (C)Award Software 2000 All Rights Reserved.
Adding modul.tmp  27.4%
CBROM V2.07 (C)Award Software 2000 All Rights Reserved.
Adding start.tmp  87.5%
CBROM V2.07 (C)Award Software 2000 All Rights Reserved.
Adding reall.cod .... 55.9%

if you can`t see all messages - choose 80x50 mode or run with ">report.txt".
(c)2002 apple_rom, www.ROM.by
Tested patched BIOSes. Untested patched BIOSes.
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Cactus521
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I'll pull the HD and try the default jumper setting again... Always a chance I didn't have it jumpered properly when I originally tried to install it. The jumper workaround WD uses forces the drive to report itself as a 32 Gig drive to fool the BIOS into accepting it. It may well be that's why the drive is still working without the overlay.... Without the overlay, both Win 98 and DOS have no problems/corruption issues with more than 32 Gigs of data loaded on the drive.

Thanks,

John
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NickS wrote:

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D:\Hardware\ROM>bp-4rc71.exe bdp1212.bin
BIOS_Patcher ver. 4.0_RC.7.1 from "Second_Hope utils".
Just for information... There is already v4.23 available from bp.
Cactus521
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Tried the HD again, this time with the jumper removed, and the BIOS recognized the entire 80 Gigs... Believe I had it jumpered wrong when I originally tried it out...... So chalk it up to Basic Operator Error on my part. I'm also fairly impressed that a four year old MB supports a larger drive... The first HD I ever tried with it was only 5 Gigs, so I've come a long way...

Thanks for your research--gave me the confidence to try again.... Certainly is better than running with the overlay...

Regards,

John
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sulbert wrote:just for information... There is already v4.23 available from bp.
Thanks....cannot open that site at present
cactus521 wrote:Tried the HD again, this time with the jumper removed, and the BIOS recognized the entire 80 Gigs... Believe I had it jumpered wrong when I originally tried it out...... So chalk it up to Basic Operator Error on my part. I'm also fairly impressed that a four year old MB supports a larger drive... The first HD I ever tried with it was only 5 Gigs, so I've come a long way...
It happens to us all, believe me. Glad you got it up and running.
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my five-year old SE440BX-2 will take 137.6GB max.
edwin/evasive

Do not assume anything

System error, strike any user to continue...
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