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Old 09-04-2004, 06:40 PM   #1
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This is a follow-up from the standpoint of the bios to my thread on Occasional Wrong Hard Disk Detect, reproduced below.

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primary hd: master, maxtor 90432D2 4.32 gbs
primary hd: slave, fujitsu mpb3043at 4.32 gbs
secondary master = cdrom samsung 40x
bios award v4 51pg 1998
cpu: pentium II 233 1998
motherboard: macro star model ws 6116 1998
ram: 64 megs
OS: Windows 98se
Here is the situation: the bios has been manually configured to stick to the right primary master hard disk, Maxtor 90432D2 4.32 gbs; but occasionally, it (the bios) wrongly identifies the hard disk broadly as Maxtor Quasar 5400, which I have found out to be two by such name of quasar with speed of 5400, namely: 91032D6 13 gbs and 91080D5 10 gbs.

This wrong identity of the hard disk prevents the OS from starting the bootup routine.

To correct the situation I have to repeatedly turn off the computer and turn it on again, until the identification process is correct; but remember the correct identity of the hard disk has already been configured and saved in the bios.

Otherwise most of the time the bios comes up with the right hard disk identity and the machine operates without any hitches.

What's bothering the bios? or is it something else, in the motherboard? or elsewhere before the OS Windows 98se steps in?

Can we freeze the bios to its save configuration so that it would not ever presumptively or peremptively undertake an auto detect of the primary master hard disk and come up with, God knows from where, a wrong hard disk?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Pachomius2000


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primary hd: master, maxtor 90432D2 4.32 gbs
primary hd: slave, fujitsu mpb3043at 4.32 gbs
secondary master = cdrom samsung 40x
bios award v4 51pg 1998
cpu: pentium II 233 1998
motherboard: macro star model ws 6116 1998
ram: 64 megs


The computer as an machine assembly is working all right except for this problem:

Occasionally the bios detects the wrong primary hard disk in which case the OS seeks in vain for the bootup routine; and I have to turn off the computer and turn on again until the right hard disk is detected.

The right hard disk is maxtor 90432D2 4.32 gbs, the wrong hard disk is broadly identified by the bios as maxtor quasar 5400 which I found out to be two by such name of quasar with speed of 5400, namely: 91032D6 13 gbs and 91080D5 10 gbs.

Yes, I have time and again saved the bios with the correct primary master hard disk properly configurated, and done everything my limited knowledge of bios allows me to do so; but the bios just the same occasionally presumptuously to detect again the primary hard disk and identify it as a wrong one, thus leading to the impossibility to boot from the right hard disk.

Does anyone here know about making the bios stick faithfully to the saved bios configuration of the primary hard disk?

Is there some kind of switch in the motherboard that when turned on will stop that bios, once properly configured, from occasionally again trying to detect -- and wrongly at that, the primary hard disk?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Old 09-05-2004, 09:33 AM   #2
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I'd start by replacing the battery on the MB...
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I'd start by replacing the battery on the MB...
That could be the trouble; and I will try that approach.

On the other and, the bios itself reports that the voltage of that battery is still well within functional minimum and maximum. My exprience about the MB battery no longer within functioning ranges is when the time reported in the right lower corner of the screen keeps gettng behind even though you correct it with every booting.


Does anyone here know about accessing the bios to put an instruction in it to not detect, but to just stick to the saved configuration, specially in regard to the primary master hard disk?

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