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Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 3:04 pm:   


In trying to add an 80GB hdd to a Pentiium II-300 on an ASUS P2L97 mobo, discovered the BIOS couldn't do anything over 32 gb.

So downloaded the latest (1999) BIOS which was supposed to work with over 32GB drives. Flash was successful - it said - but on first boot, after reloading "BIOS defaults" and "Setup Defaults" it froze at "Update DMI information".

Left it overnight, after trying to clear CMOS by removing battery (with power off) - it did clear the settings, but still freezes.

I removed ALL components - hdd, fdd, cards etc and set to none, cleared CMOS, still freezes. Turned off all caches and anything I could think of, read all sorts of stuff found via Google etc. Still freezes at "Update DMI information".

I'm out of ideas!


thanks, Grant
Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 9:04 am:   

Did you save the old bios info? If so reload the old one and see if it works, if it does then the new bios update is at fault. If this is the case, then there *maybe* a later bios update to correct the problem. If you haven't already setup the partitions on the HD elsewhere to below 32gb barrier and see if that helps with current bios.
If you've used any EZbios or similar overlay s/w, that has to be removed before going back to true h/w levels. Also, check to see if LBA is enabled in the HD setting of the bios area.

good luck -----Willy

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