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Wanted,"Free" BIOS to bridge the 2.1 partition.

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What I have: Mid 1966 PB166 Pentium 80mgRAM Win95a Maxtor 2.1gig Harddrive configured as Master with shunts and on Ribbon. My BIOS is AMI 1.00.12.DNOR

What I attempted to add: Western Digital 4.3gig EIDE Harddrive with EZ-Drive BIOS overide software. This is configured as the slave with jumpers and on Ribbon.

What I end up with is A:\(Floppy)B:\(Notinstalled)
C:\(Master)D:\(Slave Partition 1) E:\(part.2)
F:\ (part.3) G:\(CD-ROM).

My problem is that I can't get into Windows. I can Boot,POST,etc. right up to the last command prompt before
the Win95 GUI kicks in and then all I have is a C:\prompt with a blinking cursor.  I have all drives in Safe Mode.

What's missing? How can I get my BIOS to let me in Windows? Can I edit my BIOS to accept the new Drive as one drive insted of having to partition it under 2.1 sizes? I know I can install a card with onboard BIOS and all or buy BIOS cure alls. I'd rather do it myself, ... of course with expert advice.

Best Regards,

JD Hobbs
ifaxubuy@specent.com  
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Same thing happened to me - heres what I did and it solved the problem.
 At that C: prompt type "FDISK /MBR" (without quotes) it will erase your Master Boot Record which is automatically reconstructed upon a reboot. Some reason EZ-DRIVE doesnt like some BIOS versions and attempts to act like god..... also did you try to type "WIN" to load windows? Or - In your BIOS is there a place to list your OS at? If there is make sure its set to either PnP OS/DOS or something similar. One other thought - Before you FDISK the MBR go into bios - load defaults, set your IDE's back to autodetect and save it - this may work - not sure. But I know FDISK /MBR was my answer.

 Many Wishes,
   Judg3
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addendum to my last message and Judg3's proposed answer is that I have no selection ability to modifiy my IDE's. Nothing is selectable nor available. All that is shown related to this is my original (Master IDE) with my secondary as ( not installed) yet I have it in Safe Mode. I have no selection ability to enable Defaults. Nothing is selectable nor available. I was thinking about FDISK/MBR, never thought of entering WIN though, ... I will get back to you, going to try again with your helpful insights, thanks!

Best Regards,

JD Hobbs
ifaxubuy@specent.com
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I would guess you're still having problems with this.
If so, I think the BIOS setting for second hard disk type is incorrect.  Set it to "auto" or enter the proper drive parameters for the new drive.
Let me know if it is then detected.
Regards,
Ralph
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