Oldie AwardBIOS 120G+ mod possible?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by trodas, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. trodas

    trodas MDL Member

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    As my main PC is refusing to work (it seems that it does work, just nothing shown up on the screen!), I using my backup machine and that is kinda old, yet recapped JetWay V266B board. I have two of these boards, and they are working reasonably well, yet recently I have breakdown and they no longer works with my 320G and 500G PATA HDDs...! I found this shocking. I install W2k SP4 on 80G and then transfer the system (just disable the swap and use DriveImage) to new, big HDD on witch Windows cannot be installed on this machine.

    I'm somewhat used to this (W2K backup, even with everything installed, can be about 260MB in size (packed), so... no problemo for a CD save and then restore on the bigger HDD), yet like I say, recently it just stop working. I have absolutely no idea why, yet as soon, as I connect a 320G Seagate 16MB cache (ST3320620A) or a 500G Western Digital 16MB cache (WD5000AAKB) HDD, it show up nicely in BIOS. Autodetect, correct size, etc. However when the machine is about to be done with POST, then it show the "Verifying DMI Pool Data .........." and that it hang there forever. Never boot again anymore. It is absolutely mind-blowing, because I used to RUN from these HDDs...

    As hard to believe it sounds, when I grab the other V266B board, it show the very same thing. Shocking...

    Regardless, I do wonder, if anyone can take a look at this, because it would be a great help for me. It is enough that my main PC went wrong, but to run on 80G slow old HDD (only 2MB cache, suxx!) and old slow PC together is terrible. Please help!


    Also it make me wonder, why the BIOS disable the Vcore voltage settings, when AXP is used. When the second board have only a Duron 1200, then it show the settings, as seen in BIOS:

    Jet_Way_V266_B_A14_bios_screen.png

    It goes by the nice 0.025V increments all the way up to 1.850V ... witch will be fairly good, IF and only IF it can be used when AXP CPU's are inserted. AXP-Mobile or underclocked AXP CPU's not need full voltage. AXP-M goes from 1.40V... so...


    Oddly, RWEverything does not work for me. Perhaps Windows 2000 SP4 are too old? Dunno. It just silently quit... So I replace it with the Everest report...

    -Manufacturer: JetWay
    -Motherboard Model: V266B
    -Bios revision: A14
    -Bios Type: AwardBIOS
    -Bios Download Link: http://depositfiles.com/files/mab8yw0cn

    Everest report:
    http://ax2.old-cans.com/Everest JetWay V266B report.htm

    Anyone who dare to look at the 120G barrier, pretty please?
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    xp sp1 or higher handles 137*gb or higher fine.
    bios limitation of LBA is not 48 bit ??

    * not sure of size but close
     
  3. trodas

    trodas MDL Member

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    Win2k handles also 500G+++ drives easily. The problem is, once again, that the machine refuse to finish POST, when 320G or 500G drive is connected to it... The last message is "Verifying DMI Pool Data .........." and that is the end of booting. Since in the BIOS itself it works fine, I see this as some BIOS limitation/quirk... Not sure witch one... :eek: But I can provide screens of the BIOS detecting huge drives w/o a glitch, yet never boot with these drives attached :(((

    Please help. It is driving me mad :(
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    Disk access mode in bios wont work as LARGE or AUTO sometimes.. change it if it has LBA or 32 bit.
     
  5. trodas

    trodas MDL Member

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    Interesting idea! Worth testing... Sadly, no result. The default mode is "Auto"... Changed to LBA and same result. After the "Verifying DMI Pool Data .........." the machine does absolutely nothing. Of course it works, live linux boot CD works well, for example. Back to the bios. Changed the mode to "Large" and yet again, no difference. Only the mode chnaged on post screen from LBA to LRG, but that it is. No change in behaviour...

    That is why I kindly asking, if someone can take a look at the bios, because this is just wrong... :( Same as the missing Vcore settings when using AXP CPU. Crazy.