Gateway 3040GZ laptop
Phoenix BIOS W320.F07
installed a new Western Digital 250GB EIDE drive. only 127.9 GB or 137 GB, depending on where you look, is recognized by XP. i have tried every partition method available to XP including a clean install of the OS, as well as ubuntu, gparted and others to gain access to the remaining space. I have tried manufacturer tools from WD, Hitachi and most tools on Hirens boot CD.
the only thing i know of left is a BIOS upgrade. Gateway does not have a BIOS upgrade available. i have looked everywhere for one. biosagentplus says it has one, but i don't trust it, especially for $30 upfront. i have read too many reviews of that product to consider it except as a last resort.
i broke the drive into 3 partitions on a desktop machine and when i install it in the laptop i can't even get through a fresh XP install. it goes straight to BSOD. i'm all but convinced that this is a BIOS issue, i just can't seem to find a BIOS update anywhere i trust.
its almost pointless to put the 60GB drive back in and carry the 250GB around with me. there has to be a way to make this work.
im to the point where i need the space on the internal drive and am at a loss as to how to get there.
thoughts, ideas, flames, sandpaper?
thanks MRFS. i have already updated to that chipset driver some time ago. gateway support now says that the motherboard is limited to 137GB capacity, and they do not have a BIOS upgrade. i always thought that the BIOS set these limits, not the mobo itself.
one of the utilities i used enabled LBA mode, as well as the registry entry. when i access the BIOS screen and get to the HDD config options, the BIOS locks up and all i get is a system beep with every keystroke.