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    * installing harddrive, help

    Hi
    I tried to install a 8 gig drive into my 2 gig drive ibm netvista(older pc). It powered up showing a 2 gig drive. I am green at this so I am confused. I matched the jumpers on the 8 gig to the 2. Is that why it is showing only as a 2. What can I do to get the full 8 gig drive? Is it the jumpers at all?
    Thank you
    Roxanne

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    Usually you have to set the BIOS to recognise the new HDD. If not the PC still think it's a 2gig. Do you do this?
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    hmmm, well if you mean pressing f1 etc. and changing things in there, yes. I have had to go in and adjust ram when I have added it on another system. Is that what you mean?

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    You may need to update the bios, older pc's had limits on how big a hdd they could see.

    http://www.computeruser.com/articles...1,0604,01.html
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    Yup, i meant that. Another possibility is your PC is just plain old and doesn't support greater than 2gigs. But I think that's unlikely. Something to do with LBA mode or something. Nowadays new PC just automatically detect harddrives.
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    If you do upgrade your firmware, be careful! You can permantly mess it up!

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    Well that rings a bell. I remember my computer is set up to auto detect harddrives but I didnt think that meant the size. My ibm is a 2000 or so it had me on it when I got it and I put win 98se on it. So if it auto detects does that mean it isnt working or ?????? I didnt go very far with just turned it on and checked the drive size.

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    Thank you for that tip trau. I read that and it was not too incouraging but very interesting.

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    Thank you three for you quick responses. I guess I am out of luck unless my puter desides to detect my new harddrive. I appreciate all the informative info.
    Roxanne

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    Get a new PC! You can't do much with 8gig anyway
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    Wish I was rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by irbigbird
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    You can still use a drive overlay program to get the drive to work. It's not ideal, and can cause some issues down the road (such as if you boot from a regular boot floppy you will not be able to access the drive), but it will work.
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    Thumbs up

    Thank you for the suggestion but thats a bit too deep for me. But all the info and suggestions are wonderful!

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    What brand drive is the 8GB drive?
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    I cant remember, it was a few months ago that I tried to install it. I will look tomorrow and get back here with an answer. It is in a puter I bought used.

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    Hi
    Its me, it is a fujitsu limited.

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    I don't believe that Fujitsu has any settings to alter itself for older BIOS support. Your best bet is going to be DiskManager hunt around and find yourself a copy of DiskManager, many drives come with the software.
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    I guess its hard for me to believe that a 2000 puters bios is that obsolete.
    Thanks again for your help!

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