Don't ask how to hack password. (BIOS Passwords)
#31307 by scott
Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:55 pm

Hi everyone !

I got a brand new (03/2005) Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (60GB / ATA100 / 7200RPM / 2"1/2) HDD on a damn old (1998) good Compaq Presario 1200 (12XL409) notebook.

The main problem is : the HDD works well but only in ATA33 mode and i want it to work in ATA100 mode (or even ATA66).

I tried almost everything, but nothing work (changing IDE cable, changing OS, changing VIA IDE drivers).

I think it because of the BIOS version : Phoenix Bios 4.0 r6.0 (almost eveything is shadowed in the Bios i have).
Phoenix Bios 4.0 r6.1 supports ATA100 as a new feature as it is said here :
But no way to obtain it from IBM / Compaq website (i got the last Phoenix Bios version given by this website for my notebook).

If someone could help, suggest something or give me a way to make my HDD work faster, it would be very nice from him.

Thanks in advance.

Code: Select allProgram: BIOS Agent Version 3.42
BIOS Date: 11/27/01
BIOS Type: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0     
BIOS ID:   Unknown
OEM Sign-On: None
Chipset:   VIA 82C601 rev 5
Superio:   VIA 686 rev 34 found at port 7h
OS:        Win2000 SP4
CPU:       Pentium® III (0.18 µm) With 256 KB On-Die L2 Cache  996 MHz
BIOS ROM In Socket: Unknown
BIOS ROM Size:      Unknown
Memory Installed:   311 MB
Memory Maximum:     Unknown

Code: Select allHD Tune: HTS726060M9AT00 Information

Firmware version : MH4OA68A
Serial number    :       MRH425M4HGE9YB
Capacity         : 55.9 GB (~60.0 GB)
Buffer size      : 7877 KB
Standard         : ATA/ATAPI-0
Supported mode   : UDMA Mode 5 (Ultra ATA/100)
Current mode     : UDMA Mode 2 (Ultra ATA/33)

S.M.A.R.T                    : yes
48-bit Address               : yes
Read Look-Ahead              : yes
Write Cache                  : yes
Host Protected Area          : yes
Device Configuration Overlay : yes
Automatic Acoustic Managment : yes
Power Managment              : yes
Advanced Power Managment     : yes
Power-up in Standby          : yes
Security Mode                : yes
Firmware Upgradable          : no