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Old 06-08-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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Question Hard disk bios support

I just bought a new hard disk (160 gb) and of course my old motherboard (Asus P2B) doesn't recognize it. A guy in the local store told me that this isn't a problem because Linux doesn't need bios to handle hard disks. Linux does recognize the disk properly but I'm having a lot of ext3 journaling errors and sometimes it claims that the disk is mounted in read-only mode, which isn't true.

So do I need bios support for my hard drive for it to work properly in Linux? Or are my problems caused by bad configuration?
Old 06-08-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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there is a bios update for large disk support for your p2b board ... i know we are dealing
with a BIOS and i know i gave you a third party site, but is a very
respected and trusted site, so you can take it as you wish
you'll have to get the flash utility (i think it is awlflash.exe or something similiar) ?
you can either get it at ASUS homepage or

oh and if it complains, just use :
username = drivers
password = all

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Old 06-08-2004, 05:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, unfortunately it didn't help much.

I actually have newer bios installed than the one you linked.
The bios, that I now have, supports drives up to 132gb (if I remember correctly) and that's not enough.

I'm starting to think that a pci ide card wouldn't be a bad investment...


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