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Thread: DFI K6BV3+/66 & hard drive capacity

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    Default DFI K6BV3+/66 & hard drive capacity

    Hi all, Ok got this weird problem. I have a 2GB HD in my Pentium 166 system here and I have run the auto detect of the hard drive. And it detects the full capacity of 2112MB. However DOS 5.0 only sees it as a 528MB. I tried to hook up a 2GB CF card and same result. What gives? Any ideas.
    Maybe try DOS 6.22?
    *FrankG*

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    It seems like *this* problem gets discussed on a nearly weekly basis. There is very detailed information already available so I'm going to be brief.

    The 528MB problem is a BIOS limitation. That's all your BIOS can handle. You need either a BIOS update, a DDO or a smaller drive. There are no other solutions.
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    There is very detailed information already available so I'm going to be brief.
    And you're also going to be wrong. It's a Super 7 board, several years newer than any 528MB limits... I believe that board will even accept up to 128GB drives with the latest BIOS.

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    Then why does it fail to recognize over 528MB on more than one drive? This is the classic symptom of the 1024 cylinder limitation.
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    DOS 5.0 could support a FAT16 partition size of up to 2GB, so apparently, that's not it. Do you have LBA enabled?

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    When I have LBA enabled is when it drops to 528. If I have it set to CHS it is reported as 2112 but FDISK only sees 528! Odd BIOS is dated 2000.
    *FrankG*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chromedome45 View Post
    When I have LBA enabled is when it drops to 528. If I have it set to CHS it is reported as 2112 but FDISK only sees 528! Odd BIOS is dated 2000.
    You would think that a BIOS dated 2000 would be a translating BIOS. So the question is, is this a translating or non-translating BIOS?
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    This is the board in question. I have an identical board in another system dual booting 95 & NT 4 and it sees the full HD size of 6GB. Got me scratching my head...
    http://www.itox.com/pages/products/m...almb/k6bv3.php
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    Just for kicks, try switching the BIOSes.
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    I thought about it. Maybe tomorrow
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