In 2002 I upgraded my No2 computer to handle 40 Gb drives by some add-on software. Last week my wife allowed a "Computer Expert" to speed up the boot up time of the machine. The Expert deleted this software (and the backups).
His actions caused the system not fail to boot altogether. He put in a DOS start up disk and formated the primary Master drive. He then left to catch a bus.
Where can I find those add ons?
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Re: Award Bios 4.51PG and over 32GDB disks
If you dont know the name of the software it's kinda hard to tell you where to get it... more than likely it was a disk from the hard drive manufactures check their website see if you can find it there.
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Whenever you upgrade the BIOS on your
notebook, a copy of the previous version is stored in the HP TOOLS
partition of your hard disk drive. Many HP notebook computers have an
emergency BIOS recovery feature that allows you to recover and install
the last known good version of the BIOS from the hard drive, as long as
the hard drive remains functional. This emergency recovery feature is
separate from the BIOS and is designed to work in the event of a
catastrophic BIOS failure.To recover an earlier version of the BIOS on your notebook:
Turn off the computer.
Plug the notebook into power using the power adapter.
Press and hold the Windows
key and the B
key down at the same time while the computer is off.
Still pressing those keys, press and hold down the Power
button on the notebook for 3 seconds and then release the Power
button and the keys. The screen
remains blank for about 40 seconds before anything appears on the
display. You might also hear beeping sounds. Eventually, an HP BIOS
Update screen displays.NOTE:If the computer fails to display an HP BIOS Update screen, press and hold the Power
button for 5 seconds to turn off the computer. Wait 5 seconds and try
again. If, after repeated attempts, you cannot open the HP BIOS Update
screen, your computer does not support this function or it has a
hardware problem that is preventing the tool from opening.Figure 1: HP BIOS Update screen
When the BIOS has been recovered, a Continue Startup
button displays and timer counts down. You can click Continue Startup
to restart the computer or you can allow the timer to reach zero and the computer will restart automatically.Figure 2: HP BIOS Update screen
Remove thwe new RAM and hard drive. Does it boot to the BIOS menu? If yes, add the hard drive and do the same again then add RAM and do the same. I suspect something does not fit in properly. Probably the RAM. Don't forget to initialise the hard drive if trying to format it. The System disk should take care of that.
Your computer tries to load an Operating System from several devices: * the 'A:' diskette
* the 'C:' disk-drive
* the 'D:' CD-ROM
* any USB device
* via your network-port, "talking" to a "boot-server" on your network.
What probably has happened is that you have no disk in 'A:', and no disk in 'D:', and your disk-drive in 'C:' could *NOT* be read, i.e., your disk-drive has "died", and so your computer says "insert media".
Take your computer to a qualified technician, for complete trouble-shooting.
Have you tried resetting the CMOS? Often, after upgrading BIOS you need to clear the CMOS and re-setup to handle the new features. You should have a jumper to clear CMOS, or you can remove the power from the system and remove the battery for a few seconds to clear it.
The AWARD BIOS has a similar procedure to AMI. To recover an AWARD BIOS you will need to create a bootable floppy diskette and add the desired BIOS file (we recommend using the most recent). Award BIOS's generally are in .BIN format, where as AMI was .ROM format. You will also add an AWARD flash utility (usually awdflash.exe) and an AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
The AWARD BIOS does not automatically restore the BIOS information to the 'system block' like the AMI BIOS does. You will need to add the commands necessary to flash the BIOS in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The system will run the AUTOEXEC.BAT file, which contains the flash instructions.
Note: 12345678.BIN represents the name of your BIOS.
Step by Step:
1. Create a bootable floppy diskette or bootable dos cd /usb drive
2. Copy the BIOS file and flash utility to the disk
3. Create an text file with any standard text editor and add the following lines
awdflash 12345678.BIN /py/sn/f/cc/r
Exchange the awdflash with the name of whatever flash utility you are using, and replace the 12345678.BIN with the name of the BIOS file you are using. The parameters are explained here:
py = program yes sn = save no f = flash cc = clear cmos r = reboot
first check jumper settings in harddisk.
also check there is no unpartrtioned space.
right clik on my computer then go to manage
then go to diskmangement
If there iks any unpartitioned sapce of 184 gb then create partition.
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yes of course it will handle a 40gb hard drive..your P3 will handle a hard disk up to 60gb...coz i have a friend, his using a P3-700MHz,512mb, 64mb video card and barracuda 80gb hard disk=.)..to make it sure..bring your P3 to the computer shop so you can also know if your P3 is handle a 40-60gb hard drive..thanks..