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48-bit LBA compatible BIOS possible ??

Does this motherboard have a 48-bit LBA compatible BIOS that will support a 500 GB hard drive and allow the native limitation of 137 GB partition limit to be exceeded ?? If no, is it possible to update the BIOS to accomplish this ? Thanks.

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  • emeryg Jan 20, 2008

    Thanks.



    I needed to know whether my motherboard is capable of handling 48-bit LBA which you've answered.



    My system runs on Win 2000. After install Service Pack 4 and updating the BIOS I was finally able to install the 500 GB HD and gained access to greater than 137 GB (exceeding the limitation). Thanks.



    However, in the process something happened because now when I try to start up my computer I'm getting the message "NTLDR missing." As a result the computer doesn't even boot up.



    Can someone tell me how I could've lost this file ?? More importantly, how I can resolve the problem. Thanks for the help.

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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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