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FIC VA-503+ Motherboard - hard drive?

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Has anyone successfully set up a newer 80-GB hard drive on one of these motherboards?  

I'm trying to set up D540X-4K 80-gig hard drive on one; currently the BIOS doesn't seem to want to detect it, so I'm wondering if either the drive is not supported at all, or if I might be able to make it work by updating the BIOS to the latest version.
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The only way that you'll be able to get that drive fully supported is by adding a PCI controller card. At a cost of about $30, it may be a very good investment, as it will also support the top speed of the drive. I recommend Promise brand controllers. See:

http://www.promise.com/product/subsys_detail_eng.asp?pid=87&fid=3

http://www.neutronet.com/index.cfm?t=pif&id=146234

This is for an ATA-100 card. For an ATA-133 card, the price is about $15 more.
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Thanks, I'd thought about this and just needed a second opinion to convince me.  :)
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Glad we could help. I've used the 503+ in a few systems I've built, and been very happy with the board's performance over the years. No speed demon by today's standards, but a solid performer compared to other Socket 7 boards.
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