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Old compact PC386 with ST3243A 214meg HD. CMOS died, and trying to get the right type selected. Can you help with type #? thanks kevin

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  • kvetter Jun 17, 2008

    Already replaced battery. The problem is the BIOS wants to know what type of HD I have so it can access it correctly. The old BIOS did not always have a way to determine the # of heads and cylinders and size of the HD and had to be told by selecting from a list of types. EX type 35 is a 170meg 8 head HD. Type 4 is a 70 meg 2 head HD. My problem is the HD I have is 214meg (210 formatted) and does not have a type selection on the list.


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It may just need a battery replacement. Did you try reflashing the bios?

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    Get the specifications for the HDD and put it in manualy. That's if the bios doesn't give you the auto option.


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Replace dead battery. It will work

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