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Does my Bios 3A19 (Acer TM661LCi) support 48-bit LBA? Acer support centre gives no answer... All this enquiry because my driver management shows only 137 GB of the new 160 GB HD... Thanks!

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While trying to install PATA 250GB HD (XP Pro) only 130GB recognized. Upgraded BIOS to v1.4 (latest) and assured by Toshiba that this would enable computer to handle 250GB. No such luck. Accessed BIOS...


According to the detailed specs on that model, it came with a 60GB ATA-5 EIDI hard drive. therefore, you can use any ATA compatible (ATA-5, ATA-6 or ATA-100) EIDE/IDE drive that has jumpers enabling you to configure the drive as "Master". Western Digital Blue Scorpio and Seagate Momentus lines both have models that will fit the bill. You can find those drives at your neighborhood BestBuy or Staples pretty easily. I don't know if the A25 BIOS supports 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA), in spite of what toshiba says, If it only supports 24-bit LBA the maximum drive size is 137GB. If it supports 48-bit LBA then you can go as high as you can find drives available; usually 500GB. I suspect that it supports 48-bit LBA because various online vendors list up to 250GB drives for that model. The most important thing about the drive, though, is that it MUST be jumperable as 'master'. A cable select only drive won't work. Both the Western Digital and Seagate EIDE models have jumpers. hope this helps but if you need anything else just ask:)

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Hi i need a expert to resolve my laptop Acer Aspire 1640z . I was upgrading my bios from 3a19 to 3A24 and now... after powering on, i hear 1 long beep and 2 short beeps and my screen is black. Nothing...


According to my troubleshooting manual of Acer Aspire 4520-Z3 about

BIOS Flash Utility:

The BIOS flash memory update is required for the following conditions:
New versions of system programs
New features or options
Restore a BIOS when it becomes corrupted.

Use the Phlash utility to update the system BIOS flash ROM.
NOTE:
If you do not have a crisis recovery diskette at hand, then you should
create a Crisis Recovery Diskette before you use the Phlash utility.
Do not install memory-related drivers (XMS, EMS, DPMI) when you use the Phlash.
Please use the AC adaptor power supply when you run the Phlash utility.
If the battery pack does not contain enough power to finish BIOS flash,
you may not boot the system because the BIOS is not completely loaded.

Follow the steps below to run the Phlash.
1. Prepare a bootable diskette.
2. Copy the flash utilities to the bootable diskette.
3. Then boot the system from the bootable diskette.

The flash utility has auto-execution function.
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You need to prepare a bootable Flashdisk into dos mode
then you should search for the above mentioned crisis recovery
diskett and transfer its content to the flashdisk.

I read from another forum that for recovery of Aspire 4520 problem
can be done through pressing of the keys combination as follows:
press FN + ESC and hold them, then just hit the power on button
and release it, after awhile "the power button" should blink red,
release the keys FN+ESC and don't touch anything.

After successful of recover the bios it should restart normally.
That happen after 20-30 minutes. If it doesn't restart just repeat the
process.

Hope it helps

Mar 09, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My BIOS info is Phoenix Technologies, LTD R01-B3,...


Im not sure but I dont think so open your bios and it shoud tell you if it is supported

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Does this SOYO board support 48-bit LBA?


I would suggest testing with a HDD, or looking at BIOS, maybe it is mentioned in the descriptive text on the right side.

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Overcoming the 137GB barrier on a hard drive


*********** board have no support LBA 48bit adressing.
If you want to use so big HDD, you must to upgrade bios (for LBA 48 bit) or change motherboard for new one.

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Windows does not see full size of new Hard drive


Is your disk correctly partitioned?

  1. Right-click My Computer.
  2. Click Manage.
  3. Click Disk Management.
Find your newly installed disk and see if there is any unpartitioned space on it. If there is, just create a new partition, or delete the previous one so you can create the partition which will consume full size of the disk.

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N600c's bios can't support 48-bit lba?


It depends what you want to use the laptop for but Windows XP SP2 (Disk needs Service Pack integrated), Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PC's and Windows Vista and Windows 7 will correctly address a hard drive within a machine that has the 137gb 48bit LBA problem.

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I need a 48 Bit BIOS update for my Aspire 1712SMI Notebook to run a larger HD. Please provide me with a download URL on the ACER web site where I can download it. If you do not have this BIOS, who has a...


Go here. Once here, select notebook, Aspire 1710, then bios. Follow the instructions carefully....a failed BIOS update can render your computer useless.

Thanks and please take a moment to rate this as fixya.

Jul 06, 2008 | Acer Computers & Internet

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48-bit LBA compatible BIOS possible ??


The last Bios update for your board was 06/18/2002. With XP editions you should not have a problem seeing the whole drive.
Your bios is not a issue with win XP & drive size.
By going to your Hd's Mfg's site you can download either bootable disks or creat a bootable CD & set your drive up in dos like mode. Your able to pick your FAT type & cluster size, drive size & preform a quick format. If you want the NTFS file system with its 4kb cluster size skip the Mfg's drive utilities & just let windows do its thing.
The link below is your board.:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/others/p4x266_pe11_l.jsp
Enjoy!
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Jan 19, 2008 | VIA P4X266 PE11-L Motherboard

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