Hi,I'm upgrading the hdd from a cluncky 40gb drive to a 300gb seagate barrcuda 7200 drive on a ga-7vtx motherboard via kt266 agpset, the old drive has windows xp home however the new drive has win xp pro pre installed, when the pc boots after post it has no problem finding the new drive but cannot start the os, Is it possible the bios/cmos needs upgrading, I did put the new drive in as a slave to the old hdd and when running it was found as a 2nd drive no problem,also i've put the hdd on another pc and again it booted into xp pro no problem.
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The new HDD uses a SATA data interface as well as a SATA power interface. You will need a SATA cable as well as a power supply that supports the SATA power connectors. Since this is an older machine you will probably need to buy a SATA cable and a Molex to SATA power connector. This should cover any cabling issues that you are having.
The BIOS may not be able to support a hard drive of such a large capacity. Check the motherboard manufacture's WEB site to see what size hard disk the BIOS can support. There maybe a BIOS upgrade that will allow the motherboard to support larger hard disk capacity.
first let's determine if the upgrade cause the boot speed.
Disconnect your NEW HDD and/or memory, one by one and see if you get back your fast boot. Then try with your NEW components only !
If you find it works better with new components only, then first connect your OLD HDD only and try.
If you connect both HDDs on one cable, check Jumper settings for both HDDs (Master/Slave).
Also HDD capacity and type is automatically detected by the BIOS and there is no need to put/change those settings manually.
I believe you new RAM is DDR type, too! As written in the manual for the board, your motherboard has two pairs of memory slots, and you can use one or two modules of DDR memory, OR one or two modules of SDRAM memory, but you can NOT put BOTH DDR and SDRAM memory modules.
have you ensured that the jumpers on the back of the new hard disk are set correctly? if you want your 40gb HDD to be a master you must set it to master and your 20gb as a slave if you want them both on the same IDE cable look at pic below the image is only a guide as I do not know what HDD you have.
>Can I upgrade the processor as well? Pentium 3 is compatible and what is the maximum MHz?
Maximum CPU for GA-6BXE is Celeron-1400 (Tualatin core, with PowerLeap Adapter:
...and patched bios by BIOS Patcher:
(last official BIOS don`t support Tualatin CPU-s)
>A bigger HD will be compatible?
With last F3a-version or patched bios - upto 128Gb.
>The BIOS can aslo be upgraded?
For max CPU / HDD - must be upgraded.