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Flashing my bios

I have an old computer that I am trying to put a 40 gig hard drive in.  It is an Infinia 7202 (made by Toshiba i think, but not sure).  It has a pentium 200 mhz processor and I put Win98 on it.)  I cannot get it to see any more than approx. 8 gig of the 40 gig hard drive.  I have run Fdisk...removed all partitions, and created 1 new one.  Even Fdisk reports only 8 + gigs available with 100% being used.  I'm 99% sure the hard drive is in perfect condition.  A very reliable source told me that it's not common but possibe that the bois is not capable of seeing any more than 8 gig.  (Actually approx. 8046 MB.) even when running Fdisk.  He told me I could flash the bois (apparently with software somewhere or something..maybe the same as a bois update...i don't know).  Can anyone give me step by step instructions on where to get software and how to flash my bois or any other work around to get this computer to see the entire 40 gigs.  I searched for bois updates but there was like 4000 some listed, all different.  I don't have a clue what I need.

Thanks!
Cheers!

ahammar
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
If you are running NT, then 8gigs is the max.

What OS are you using?
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giltjrCommented:
According to http://support.microsoft.com/?id=197667  SP4 for NT incudes support for HD larger than 8 GB.  Windows 98 does support larger drives, I have a 40GB drive on my wife's PC.

This PC is a Toshiba and the do not have any BIOS updates on their web site.  You might, if you are willing to take the risk of rendering the PC usless, try a generic BIOS upgrade.  Find out how manufactures the BIOS, most likely Award, and try and find a generic match from the manufacture.  

It may work or it may render the PC a hunk of junk.
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MalleusMaleficarumCommented:
I agree that usually a BIOS update is the answer, however in your case it seems this may not be possible.  As giltjr mentioned, there is no BIOS update available for your model from Toshiba.  Additionally, it appears that this model shipped with a 3.7 gig HD.  The most beefy model in the 72xx family was the 7260 which came with a 266 Mhz MMX proc and a whopping 6 gig hard drive.  

I believe that you may have just hit the hardware limit of  your system :(
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
You could get Ontrack which has a disk overlay, which will let you go beyond the 8gig limits..
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_Commented:
Ditto irwinpks.
As much as I hate doing it (drive overlay), I think this is the only way to go in your case.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
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nobusCommented:
look here for info on the disk size barriers :

http://www.dewassoc.com/kbase/hard_drives/hard_drive_size_barriers.htm

but an easy way round is a pci to ide card :    http://stores.tomshardware.com/rating_getprodrev.php/product_id=419815/id_type=M//

be aware that the overlay can cause problems when trying to recover from a disk

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ridCommented:
For that vintage machine, an add-on IDE controller sounds like the best bet. Those have on-board BIOS that can handle large drives, which is a better solution than a software overlay.
/RID
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
PROMISE TEchnology
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
I went to http://www.promise.com

No luck.. nothing on those old adapters.
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ahammarAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone...
It will take me a little bit to check some of this out but I will be back as soon as I can.
It doesn't sound like I have a good situation here.  I am kinda interested in checking out the add-on IDE controller but I'm not familiar with that so I need to find out a little bit about it.  If that doesn't work for me then I'll keep on checking out the other possibilities.

Thanks all of you!
ahammar
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@ahammar...one thing that would help us out is if  you can tell us what Operating System you are running...also if that Infinia is a notebook / desktop.  If notebook, then the "Promise" product will NOT work.
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ahammarAuthor Commented:
I am running Win 98....I did put that in my original question...had to go back and check though...:-).  But I didn't mention that it is a desktop.

Thanks for your continued interest here.  I am still working on it, but only a little bit at a time.  I will have a little more time tomorrow night, and if I don't get it figured out, then I'll have a lot more time next Saturday and Sunday.  If I don't get it fixed by then.....then I'll have to go scream somewhere for buying a 40 gig hard drive that I didn't need......lol

Thanks again!
Cheers!
ahammar
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@ahammar...

Here is the link to the libretto 7202 drivers

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1073769612&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@0766305582.1146335136@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfaddhjedemkdcgfkceghdgngdgmn.0

There is NO BIOS update available for you.

Also, did you upgrade this machine from Win 95 --->>>> Windows 98?  The site suggests that as the only Windows OS was 95/95OSR2.  The bottomline is that if the manufacturer doesn't offer a BIOS update at the manufacturere's site...then you stuck.

So the solution is, that there is NO solution and you can't do what you want to do.  Sorry dude :-(

I'm sure it is something you don't want to hear.

But look on the bright side...whether you got an 8gig or 40gig, the price of the drive is NOT that significantly different.
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ahammarAuthor Commented:
Yes...I did upgrade it to Win98...
I've done a little more checking and it appears that the PCI to IDE adapter or add-on IDE controller (which I think is the same thing) will work (I've learned that IDE in this case is actually EIDE for Extended IDE... but same difference).  I was told by another reliable source other than what I've heard here that there should be no problem (at least I hope so).
I would much rather have a Bois update, but I think I will have to agree that there isn't one.  Also, you are probably right...the 40 gig didn't quite destroy me  financially...lol and an 8 gig probably wouldn't have been too much different.

Thanks everyone for their time here.  I will still be working on this and I will be back but feel free to comment with any other suggestions.

Cheers!
ahammar
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ahammarAuthor Commented:
Oops... not with it right now I guess...lol

was told by another reliable source other than what I've heard here that there should be no problem (at least I hope so).

Actually...I hope not...NOT...I hope so...

Cheers!
ahammar



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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
I'll go hunt down that Promise EIDE interface... that's what you need.
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_Commented:
>> that it is a desktop <<   My bad. I was thinking it is a laptop. The PCI card is the next best solution if no BIOS update.
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ahammarAuthor Commented:
Thanks to everyone here......
I split the points between Nobus and irwinpks.  Nobus was the one that first gave the idea of the Pci to Ide card and that is the idea that i used, so most of the points had to go to him/her.  irwinpks got 50 for hanging in there so long and trying continueously to get me going and find a card for me.  i found a card from a friend and put it in and it works great!

Thanks everyone very much for the help here.  I wish I could give you all the points, but that wouldn't be fair for the person with the idea that I used.

Cheers!
ahammar
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
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