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andym60
10-06-2006, 06:39 PM
Hi
I have P2 computer with GA-686lx3 mother board. this computer was built in 1998. It has a 4Gig Quantum Bigfoot hard drive a creative cd-rom and a Asus cd burning drive. I went and bought a 80 gig seagate hard drive but it wont install. The auto search does not seem to find it also. It is connected with the old grey flat ribbons. The connection goes from the hard drive to the cd-rom then to the mother board. On the information downloaded from seagate they talk about a ultra ata/100 cable will I need to buy this to get the new drive to work? Anything else I can do other than a new motherboard at this stage?
Regards Andy Milne

pctek
10-06-2006, 06:44 PM
Remove the Quantum and put it in the nearest bin. Put the Seagates jumper on Master.
Remove the CD rom, or if you really have to keep it put its jumper on slave and the CDWriters jumper on master.
Connect the Seagate to IDE 1 on its own.
Put the CDWriter on the end of the other cable on IDE2, and if you have to, the CD on the middle connector of the cable.
Boot into the BIOS and if necessary reset it to its defaults. It should see the drives now.

You should use an 80pin cable really for the hard drive but it will still work with a 40pin one.

gibler
10-06-2006, 06:49 PM
bios update here (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=1462)

says it adds support for 40 gig drives.

tweak'e
10-06-2006, 06:51 PM
after a quick and dirty look, it seams it only supports upto 40 gig drive. you can often get around this limit by useing a pci ata card which can also provide ata100 instead of the slow ata33 your motherboard currently has.

gibler
10-06-2006, 07:36 PM
actually gigabyte say that any bios version dated December 1999 (or later) should be good for hard drives up to 137 GB...

andym60
10-06-2006, 10:02 PM
thanks for the replies will try it out tomorrow and let you know how I go

pctek
10-06-2006, 10:23 PM
after a quick and dirty look, it seams it only supports upto 40 gig drive. you can often get around this limit by useing a pci ata card which can also provide ata100 instead of the slow ata33 your motherboard currently has.
You can often get around it by discovering that while the BIOS might read it as smaller, the O/S will often see it s real size.

drcspy
11-06-2006, 07:57 AM
ddo

andym60
13-06-2006, 10:46 PM
Still no luck what so ever.
Will try updating bios and see what happens.
Andy Milne

Greven
13-06-2006, 11:10 PM
My friend had the same problem back when he was using my old PII. The old PII motherboards don't see too big drives as the maximum size it can support, it just doesn't detect them at all.