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Can I upgrade my bios

Posted: Wed May 08, 2002 2:56 pm
by viking
unfortunately, I got a 40GB harddisk , but my bios only support 32GB.
so I want to upgrade my bios. But, my motherboard provider dont' provide
any newer bios. So what can i do?

my bios' infomation:
Program: Unicore BIOS Wizard Version 1.5
BIOS Date: 06/19/98
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 06/19/1998-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LESM9C
BIOS Eval: V586A VER:A.4
Chipset: VIA 82C597 rev 1
Superio: Winbond 877TF (use 87h) rev 0 found at port 3F0h

Could I use other motherboard's bios? And I find this one:
P55-VP3, VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEPA9C-00

may I upgrade my bios using this bios?

thank for ur help!

Posted: Wed May 08, 2002 3:01 pm
by a_user
Generally its not adviseable to use another bios from the a different computer even though it made by the same company. You could always try to flash another chip and keep the orginal as a backup. But your best bet is to install a EIDIE card with onboard bios.

Posted: Wed May 08, 2002 3:18 pm
by viking
and if I insist on upgrading the bios from other motherboard's bios

which one is the best?

I wait for ur advice

Posted: Wed May 08, 2002 3:33 pm
by ajzchips
Just FYI, there's a beta BIOS:


But it still won't support HDDs > 32GB.

Posted: Wed May 08, 2002 3:36 pm
by Rainbow
It's SuperPower V586A board - you're right, you have the latest BIOS. I'm developing a program that can fix the 32GB bug in existing BIOS (see in the In-Depth BIOS section). I can send you the modified BIOS if you want to try it (at your own risk of course, but I think that it's less risky than flashing BIOS from another board).

Posted: Thu May 09, 2002 1:24 pm
by viking
o, thx, my email:

Posted: Thu May 09, 2002 8:41 pm
by Rainbow
Sending right now... Please report if it does or does not work.

Posted: Fri May 10, 2002 6:57 am
by viking
thansk for ur patched bios bin, and I flash it with it , now my bios can recognized it correctly, and my win2k work well. But My linux box can only recognized 32G, so I still use Maxtro's Maxblast in my mbr.

I think maybe I should repartition my harddisk, so that linux box can recognized it correct...

Posted: Fri May 10, 2002 8:12 am
by viking
now , I uninstalled the maxblast, and then my linux box word well, too!!

Very thanks for ur patch!

if there r any problem , I will report here:)

Posted: Fri May 10, 2002 5:26 pm
by viking
O, I don' know why , it cant work in linux again if I uninstall the maxblast

my linuxbox can only recognized 32GB

Posted: Fri May 10, 2002 7:21 pm
by Rainbow
Backup data, do FDISK /MBR, delete all partitions and recreate again. It should work.