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Flash BIOS Problem?
jhansen34 Aug-30-01 05:08 PM
I have two workstations with identicle hardware except for the hardrives. Hardware as follows:

Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
GA-6BXC Rev 1.7 motherboard with Intel 440BX/ZX chipset
S3 Virge DX/GX display
3C905B-TX network card
384MB RAM
Computer1 has 20GB Seagate HD
Computer2 has 8GB Seagate HD

Both where running fine under Windows 98se, although Computer1's 20GB drive was only recognized as 8GB. I used a program I found on the Giga-byte site (6bxc.f4b) to flash the bios to recognize all 20GB, this worked and I installed a fresh copy of W2K Pro. I soon had problems with the machine locking up, particularly when I used Office 2K applications (publisher instantly killed it). After resetting the power I receive no error messeges from the reboot, either in the system or application log.

On Computer2 I installed a fresh copy of W2K server, installed a copy of office 2K and never had any problems. Decided to try and swap out the hard drives, so I flashed the BIOS on Computer2 to recognize 20GB HD, installed the drive from Computer1, and had the same lockup problem. I put the 8GB drive back into Computer2, and now it locks up when I run applications.

Am I correct to assume that there was a problem with my BIOS flashing? Should I look into purchasing a BIOS upgrade from Award? Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to get all the info in.


J.


1. RE: Flash BIOS Problem?
lbyard Aug-30-01 05:36 PM
In response to message 0
One would normally obtain a BIOS by downloading it from the motherboard’s web site. The BIOS manufacturer develops a generic BIOS and motherboard manufacturers tailor it to their product. Customization of the generic BIOS is usually substantial. You may be able to revert to the older BIOS and then solve the larger than 8.4 GByte drive problem, which is usually caused by an old BIOS, with a drive overlay, such as EZ drive or Disk Manager, from the hard disk manufacturer’s web site. Also see http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/8point4.html and http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID5/310.html. Larry

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