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New HD Stops Computer From Booting All The Way


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riven2000

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Hello All,

I have a frustrating problem with a slave drive on an older PII. The machine came with a Fujitsu 3GB drive, and I need to upgrade it. I've tried installing a 60GB Seagate (jumpered for 32GB), but when I try to use it on the main bus (master or slave), the machine boots up as far as the EnergyStar/hardware ID screen, then just sits there. I've tried different jumper settings, BIOS settings, etc., but no luck. The drive does work as an external USB, so I know it's good. Just not on the main bus. I want to set it up as a new main drive if possible.


The system:
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 (build 2600)
400 megahertz AMD K6 3D
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: Biostar Group M5SAA 1.x
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 4.51 PG 10/07/99
124 Megabytes Installed Memory
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Welcome to G2G.

A little clarification please?
Is the 3gb drive the master on this P2?
Are you attempting to hook the 60gb as a slave? and then make it a master?
If you have it set as master, do you have an OS on it?
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The 3GB is the master right now. I've tried using the big drive as a slave with it. Also tried to initialize the big drive as a master while installing XP on it. It doesn't have any OS on it right now.
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Double-check the jumper settings to make sure it is only set for 32Gb, this board should be able to see it at 32Gb.
There is an unofficial BIOS available for this board to make it see up to 64Gb, but this is done at your own risk.

You're not the first person with this problem on this motherboard. Apparently a BIOS upgrade will be needed, but Biostar don't support this board anymore on their site so whether you can find an official BIOS upgrade for it is another question.
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