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i have a ALI M1541 chipset and it wont see my new western digital wd400jb(40gb) hard drive.i went to ali website they didnt have firmware upgrades there. where can i get it or what can i do
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you need to flash BIOS try those sites for firmware:

http://www.driverguide.com/ ( you shoud be able to get one here for sure)
http://www.gensw.com/pages/prod/bios/chipsets/m1541.htm
http://www.bios-drivers.com/drivers/20/20541.htm
http://www.video-drivers.com/drivers/28/28745.htm

Take Care
Sebo
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by:AlbertaBeef
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You'd need to see if a motherboard bios update is available for your board.  Check the motherboard manufacturers website.

If you don't know the manufacturer, you can use aida32, belarc advisor or sisoft sandra to make that determination.

If a motherboard bios upgrade is unavailable, I'd personally recommend you use the western digital data lifeguard tools to install the necessary drive overlay.
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by:slink9
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Have you tried entering the specs for the drive.  These will be printed on top of the drive and can be entered into the user defined drive specification.
I would suggest an add-in controller instead of a drive overlay.  If there is ever a need to remove the overlay you are looking at a lot of hassle if you want to save the info on the drive.  Check your local Staples or Egghead store.
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by:LucF
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Hi eric55,

take a look at this one, it has a lot of information about the possibilities:
1) Bios update
2) PCI IDE controller
3) Drive overlay

http:Q_20781630.html

Greetings,

LucF
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by:Auriclus
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Hello Eric55,

Do you install this drive yourself?  If so, before going through a search for a bios update, check first to see that the power connector is firmly attached, along with the drive cable.  If the drive cable is loose or not fully pushed in, then the bios won't recognize it.

Auriclus
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by:eric55
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Thanks for the help i was looking on WD site they said if the drive cant be seen put a jumper on 3&4 and 5&6 and it will work. and it did ! i guess they heard of the problem. good thing to know
have a great holiday
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by:LucF
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Glad to hear you got your drive working ;-)
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