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80GB: 02/29/2000-i440ZX-w83977-2A69KB3NC-00

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:12 pm
by Michael.Oppermann

my new Western Digital Harddrive WD800 (80GB) is not recognized by my Toshiba Equium 3200M.
After doing some research I found a new BIOS from Toshiba and updated mine from 1.08.03 to 2.05.07
(here is a link to the BIOS update -> ... )

BIOS details now:
Award Modular Bios v4.51PG

This helped for my processor upgrade to PIII 750
But the update didn't help for the Harddrive

I also found out that the Board is a BCM IN440ZX
The latest BIOS on there page is rev.1.02 Date 1/18/1999
(link to BCM BIOS -> )

I don't know if I can download and install that BIOS and if it would help.

Any further help would be greatly appreciated

Best regards from HMUe / Germany


Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:36 pm
by NickS contains this BIOS:


INT13h Extensions...Present: new-style
New-style code found at 3060
=> 32GB bug patched successfully

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:40 pm
by NickS
The one from Toshiba says :
BIOS ID string: 02/29/2000-i440ZX-W83977-2A69KB3NC-00
INT13h Extensions...Present: new-style
=> BIOS already supports HDDs over 32GB!
Searching for size calculation routine...Found at 2374
Searching for free space...Found at 19485
Patching code at 2373

I would stick with this one; it is the i440ZX version and is later. Pick up a patched version which should support 128GB HDD from the link in my signature if you want to test it; please give us feedback.

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2003 5:18 pm
by Michael.Oppermann

thank you for your very fast reply.
You suggested to stay with the Toshiba BIOS and stated that you have a patched version for support 128 GB HDD. I followed your link but I'm unsure which BIOS I should download to test. Is it the (BCM IN440ZX).zip ?


Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2003 5:44 pm
by NickS
Yes, that's the one.

Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2003 10:00 pm
by Michael.Oppermann
Hi again,

I have downloaded the patched BIOS, flashed it and found no errors so far.
It works well with the new WD800 HDD and also with old HDD and operating system.

Thanks a lot Nick !!!!

(I only had some difficulties to download the patched BIOS.
The only way to get it was to use a download manager, and even that
took a long time (had to resume view times).
Just wanted to let you know.)

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2003 10:39 am
by NickS
Thanks for the feedback!