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May 4, 2005 12:39:34 PM

hi
i have decided to buy a new hard drive of 40gb or 80gb but i'm not sure if it will work on my pc . i have asked the question to a lot of technicians and some people told me that it will work n others not.
so here are the specs concerning my pc ,please can anybody have a look at it and tell what u think :

http://www.qdigrp.com/qdisite/eng/products/K7B.htm

the disk i intend to purchase has the following specs:
80gb ATA133
If my computer detects it ,will the disk responds normally or will it be slow?

here is some additional info about my pc:

BIOS Date: 11/14/00
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
BIOS ID: 11/14/2000-8363-686B-6A6LMQ19C
OEM Sign-On: K7V8363 KINETIZ 7B BIOS V2.0LC Nov.14,2000
Chipset: VIA 82C305 rev 3
Superio: VIA 686 rev 64 found at port 7h
OS: WinXP
CPU: AMD Duron(TM) 800 Mhz MAX: 1400 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes
BIOS ROM Size: 256K
Memory Installed: 192 MB
Memory Maximum: 512 MB
Memory Slot 01: 128 MB
Memory Slot 02: 64 MB
Memory Slot 03: 0 MB

what do you think ,will it make it?

thanks
May 4, 2005 4:15:20 PM

<i>>what do you think ,will it make it?</i>

Yes, although you might need to flash a new version of the BIOS.
May 4, 2005 5:49:17 PM

Your motherboard is a KM133 "Apollo" chipset design - it should support DMA up to ATA66. So should any standard ATA100 or ATA133 hard drive. It should work fine.

Some pre-1999 BIOS have a hard 65,536 cylinder limit, meaning they can only address 31.5Gb of any given disk. If your BIOS has that limitation, then the disk will work but it will appear smaller than its real capacity. Some parts of the Windows 95 filesystem interface have a 32Gb limit too IIRC.

If your BIOS is newer than that and you don't run Windows 95 then you should be good right up to the ATA LBA limit of 137GB.

QDI, who make your motherboard, still have a support page up for it <A HREF="http://www.qdigrp.com/qdisite/eng/products/K7v.htm" target="_new">here</A>, including a BIOS revision released in 2001. Google is your best friend in these cases.
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May 5, 2005 3:59:05 AM

thanks
i already give all the details concerning my bios which is year 2000 and if u think everything is alright then fine,i buy
it.
May 7, 2005 7:05:52 AM

I don't know how large a drive your system supports, but I do know that following that address over my slow connection to find the BIOS revisions for your board would not be worth MY time. But since YOU obviously have a faster connection, I can tell YOU to check the BIOS revisions for your board at that site and see if any of them supported large hard drives.

YOUR original BIOS should support 120GB drives (127GB max) because it's new enough, a BIOS update may be available for even larger drives.

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