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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 2:17:53 AM

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Have no idea (except throwing away my Soyo MB and buying a better one
from an other vendor) to solve my problem...
.... have only ONE floppy drive option, named "DRIVE A:" - I can choose a
floppy type here, but I like to use my second floppy drive - no way,
Soyo disabled the DRIVE B: option !!! This company is mad.

Have seen that MODBIN shows me that there is a DRIVE B: option hidden.
But when using AWDFLASH to burn the modified BIOS, the program just says
"...this not an AWARD 6.0 BIOS...".
So again, SOYO does not only disable useful options, no, they also
modified the identifier of the bios so nobody can change options.

I just hate Soyo for such a hostile customer policy.

Anybody who can help me solving my nonsupported-drive-b-problem ?
Is there any utility which can modify the CMOS settings also ?

Regards
Peter
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 9:44:44 AM

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On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 22:17:53 +0200, Peter Smith
<peter.smith@programmer.net> wrote:

>Have no idea (except throwing away my Soyo MB and buying a better one
>from an other vendor) to solve my problem...
>... have only ONE floppy drive option, named "DRIVE A:" - I can choose a
>floppy type here, but I like to use my second floppy drive - no way,
>Soyo disabled the DRIVE B: option !!! This company is mad.
>
>Have seen that MODBIN shows me that there is a DRIVE B: option hidden.
>But when using AWDFLASH to burn the modified BIOS, the program just says
>"...this not an AWARD 6.0 BIOS...".
>So again, SOYO does not only disable useful options, no, they also
>modified the identifier of the bios so nobody can change options.
>
>I just hate Soyo for such a hostile customer policy.
>
>Anybody who can help me solving my nonsupported-drive-b-problem ?
>Is there any utility which can modify the CMOS settings also ?
>
>Regards
> Peter
Look for a combo drive, I am guessing that you want to so you an still
support the old 5 1/4" drives. They make combo units that have both
drives in one unit and will do what you want.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 2:04:08 PM

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f/fgeorge schrieb:
> On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 22:17:53 +0200, Peter Smith
> <peter.smith@programmer.net> wrote:
>
>
>>Have no idea (except throwing away my Soyo MB and buying a better one
>
>>from an other vendor) to solve my problem...
>
>>... have only ONE floppy drive option, named "DRIVE A:" - I can choose a
>>floppy type here, but I like to use my second floppy drive - no way,
>>Soyo disabled the DRIVE B: option !!! This company is mad.
>>
>>Have seen that MODBIN shows me that there is a DRIVE B: option hidden.
>>But when using AWDFLASH to burn the modified BIOS, the program just says
>>"...this not an AWARD 6.0 BIOS...".
>>So again, SOYO does not only disable useful options, no, they also
>>modified the identifier of the bios so nobody can change options.
>>
>>I just hate Soyo for such a hostile customer policy.
>>
>>Anybody who can help me solving my nonsupported-drive-b-problem ?
>>Is there any utility which can modify the CMOS settings also ?
>>
>>Regards
>> Peter
>
> Look for a combo drive, I am guessing that you want to so you an still
> support the old 5 1/4" drives. They make combo units that have both
> drives in one unit and will do what you want.
>
That's totally bullshit. Even a combo drive has logically two drive
connectors, and will be accessed as two floppy drives. I do not have a
space problem (I have a free drive slot).
I just want to enable the disabled option in my BIOS. The floppy
controller is able to access 2 drives without any hassle.
But, as I already said, AWDFLASH still tell me, "It is not Award BIOS
!". But I have saved my "live" BIOS (with the help of AWDFLASH) before.
Even the unmodified (but saved) BIOS can't be flashed back because it
claims, I have no Award BIOS. This program (AWDFLASH) is also crazy.

Regards
Peter
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 4:36:55 PM

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On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 10:04:08 +0200, Peter Smith
<peter.smith@programmer.net> wrote:

>f/fgeorge schrieb:
>> On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 22:17:53 +0200, Peter Smith
>> <peter.smith@programmer.net> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Have no idea (except throwing away my Soyo MB and buying a better one
>>
>>>from an other vendor) to solve my problem...
>>
>>>... have only ONE floppy drive option, named "DRIVE A:" - I can choose a
>>>floppy type here, but I like to use my second floppy drive - no way,
>>>Soyo disabled the DRIVE B: option !!! This company is mad.
>>>
>>>Have seen that MODBIN shows me that there is a DRIVE B: option hidden.
>>>But when using AWDFLASH to burn the modified BIOS, the program just says
>>>"...this not an AWARD 6.0 BIOS...".
>>>So again, SOYO does not only disable useful options, no, they also
>>>modified the identifier of the bios so nobody can change options.
>>>
>>>I just hate Soyo for such a hostile customer policy.
>>>
>>>Anybody who can help me solving my nonsupported-drive-b-problem ?
>>>Is there any utility which can modify the CMOS settings also ?
>>>
>>>Regards
>>> Peter
>>
>> Look for a combo drive, I am guessing that you want to so you an still
>> support the old 5 1/4" drives. They make combo units that have both
>> drives in one unit and will do what you want.
>>
>That's totally bullshit. Even a combo drive has logically two drive
>connectors, and will be accessed as two floppy drives. I do not have a
>space problem (I have a free drive slot).
>I just want to enable the disabled option in my BIOS. The floppy
>controller is able to access 2 drives without any hassle.
>But, as I already said, AWDFLASH still tell me, "It is not Award BIOS
>!". But I have saved my "live" BIOS (with the help of AWDFLASH) before.
>Even the unmodified (but saved) BIOS can't be flashed back because it
>claims, I have no Award BIOS. This program (AWDFLASH) is also crazy.
>

The point about the combo drive was not space OR cable connections. It
WAS the fact that you only have to use one cable with 2 connectors on
it thereby forcing the machine to see 2 drives.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 7:11:15 PM

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f/fgeorge wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>Look for a combo drive, I am guessing that you want to so you an still
>>>support the old 5 1/4" drives. They make combo units that have both
>>>drives in one unit and will do what you want.
>>>
>>
>>That's totally bullshit. Even a combo drive has logically two drive
>>connectors, and will be accessed as two floppy drives. I do not have a
>>space problem (I have a free drive slot).
>>I just want to enable the disabled option in my BIOS. The floppy
>>controller is able to access 2 drives without any hassle.
>>But, as I already said, AWDFLASH still tell me, "It is not Award BIOS
>>!". But I have saved my "live" BIOS (with the help of AWDFLASH) before.
>>Even the unmodified (but saved) BIOS can't be flashed back because it
>>claims, I have no Award BIOS. This program (AWDFLASH) is also crazy.
>>
>
>
> The point about the combo drive was not space OR cable connections. It
> WAS the fact that you only have to use one cable with 2 connectors on
> it thereby forcing the machine to see 2 drives.
>

So do you really think just using this drive will result in an automatic
appearance of two drives ? The DPMI and the CMOS storage must reflect
this, Windows for example can't detect new (drive) hardware if no BIOS
information was set.
Btw.: I've managed to modify my BIOS with MODBIN successfully, I also
solved the flash problem by using a newer version of AWDFLASH, seems
that former versions (below 8.5) of AWDFLASH are not able to flash
Phoenix/Award BIOS, with the v8.54 it was no problem.

Regards
Peter
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 31, 2005 7:25:31 PM

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On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 15:11:15 +0200, Peter Smith
<peter.smith@programmer.net> wrote:


>I've managed to modify my BIOS with MODBIN successfully, I also
>solved the flash problem by using a newer version of AWDFLASH, seems
>that former versions (below 8.5) of AWDFLASH are not able to flash
>Phoenix/Award BIOS, with the v8.54 it was no problem.
>
>Regards
> Peter
glad you got it working
!