160GB: Asus TX97-XE
Posted: Sun May 05, 2002 12:00 am
Here's what I have:
Program: Unicore BIOS Wizard Version 1.5
BIOS Date: 11/24/98
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 11/24/98-82430TX-TX97-XE_C
BIOS Eval: #401A0-0112xe-1
Chipset: Intel Triton 430TX rev 1
Superio: Winbond 877AF (use 87h) rev 0 found at port 3F0h
... and a Maxtor DiamondMax D540X EIDE 160GB.
What I don't have, is access to the full storage space:
ASUS' latest upgrade is v.0112, which I installed, but the LBA is still too low and doesn't recognise anything above 137GB. Not such a big problem for Windows, but Linux doesn't like it at all, because it computes the LBA geometry itself, which the BIOS cripples... which makes little SuSe unstable.
I contacted ASUS and they say the MB is not designed to support HD's > 32GB (bullshit); and Unicore says they don't yet have a release that supports HD's > 137GB.
I know for a fact that there's a bug in the Award bios with regards to the LBA. I heard they corrected the bug and posted a patch in mid-1999, but then Award merged with Phoenix, and that file vanished...
I would be happy to adopt any BIOS that is compatible with my current MB/chipset, and would enable me to enjoy my full storage capacity.
True, I could buy a Promise card, but they're expensive, and I just know that a little 100K file out there can solve my problem. I would patch the BIOS myself if I knew how...
Maybe there's a good samaritan out there?...