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    TB-6BX

    I have a Trang Bow TB-6BX Motherboard. I run a 6.4g Seagate and a 2.1 (??) hard drive on my computer (Pentium III 450 hz - 4 years old). I would like to put in a 40G Seagate 7200 rpm IDE hard drive but do not know if the Motherboard will have a conflict. Does anyone know as? My User's Guide & Technical Reference does not give any indication of the size of a hard disk that is compatible with the motherboard.

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Chances are strongly in your favour that it will work. For large drives, most if not all manufacturers ship an installation disk that will enable older BIOS revisions to see the full capacity of the drive.

    I would also suggest a Google search with the exact model number of your motherboard. Something is almost assured to turn up.
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    Re: TB-6BX

    Thank you very much Mark for your reply. I did a search on Google but unfortunately nothing comes up that will help with my query. I searched further and then found a site that gives you updates, as you say for your BIOS so with this in mind and your thoughts I will go ahead and buy one.

    Kindest regards
    Judi

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Judi,

    I can give you one more reason to take heart in your endeavour. All BIOS revisions in recent memory (the last five years or more) have what is known as the int13h hook. It was built in for extensibility, so older BIOS chips could be extended via a software patch. I have not seen a new hard drive that comes without the software that plugs into this hook, so if you get a large hard drive and it fails to work, you would be the only case that I know of.

    Maybe that does little to bolster your confidence after re-reading, but what I am trying to say is that you should have no problems. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Good luck!
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    Re: TB-6BX

    Hi Mark,

    Apart from the FDISK limit of 64Gb (for which see http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=263044), the only relatively recent limit that I can recall is the Int13h limit that came in somewhere around the 8Gb mark. Then a set of Int13h extensions were introduced, with support for what is known as logical block addressing (LBA). So the simple way to find out whether you can use a 60Gb HDD is to check whether the BIOS has an LBA mode as part of its hard disk parameters.

    Cheers
    PS: Even my PI 233 with an Award 4.51PG BIOS supports LBA and a 9Gb HDD, so I'd be very surprised if and PIIIs didn't.
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    Re: TB-6BX

    Hi Mark.

    Unfortunately I was pipped at the post. Tried the 80G hard drive and the BIOS would not recognise it. Tried a 60G and still the same. Tried a 40G and it only recognised 33G, even with the extra tweeking. Obviously I should think about getting an upgrade to my computer sooner rather than later!

    Many thanks for your help though, it was greatly appreciated.

    Judi

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Did you install the BIOS extension software?
    -Mark

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Hi Mark,

    Sorry for the late reply. I took my computer to the shop where I first purchased it and they did everything they could (so they say and I have to believe them as I was not there at the time). My only alternative is to update to a P4 and I will be looking at doing this in the first quarter of next year.

    Thank you once again for your help, it was very much appreciated.

    Regards
    Judi

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Hi Mark

    Can you please let me know where I can go to get a BIOS upgrade for my TB-6BX, just in case the shop were not quite telling the truth. I have done a Google search on the name of the motherboard and all I can find is things that are not very helpful.

    Judi

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    Re: TB-6BX

    Unfortunately I think you may be out of luck on this one. The mainboard is long since discontinued, and the only link that I found (http://www.ping.be/bios/HTML1/fentech.html) is not operational anymore. It also appears that the company is no longer around, in any form. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    How hard the shop looked for a BIOS upgrade, I have no idea. But what I do know is that if it exists, it is not easily found.
    -Mark

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    Re: TB-6BX

    G'day Mark

    As you have said I think I am out of luck to extend the BIOS. I also found that site you mention and as you say it is no longer going, as is the company that made the motherboard.

    I downloaded the eSupport BIOS Agent to see what was out there. I did receive a reply from them saying that I could upgrade with their product (I submitted the request once I had run the Agent). I was told the BIOS type was Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG and I could upgrade through them for US$24.95 which was really great but I think in the long run it will be an upgrade of my computer that would be better served. Oh well at least I tried all avenues.

    Many thanks once again for all your suggestions.

    Judi

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