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10GB drive + Award BIOS problems

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Reply 20 of 24, by GuillermoXT

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Have you thought about getting a ide controller like the Fasttrack Ultra? It works very good....just as idea

GA-586TX-3 Mainboard
K6-2 400 CPU AFQ (6x66mhz)
128MB Ram
Matrox Mystique 4MB + Voodoo 1 4MB
4x USB 2.0 hub PCI
Fastrack Ultra 100 PCI
80gb HDD
Sound Blaster Pro 2 ISA

Reply 21 of 24, by aha2940

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Roman555 wrote on 2020-07-01, 05:15:
aha2940 wrote on 2020-07-01, 04:53:

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Thanks for the tips, I do have a recovery option (several EPROMs and an EPROM writer) so recovery is not an issue at all.
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So you can make a patched bios yourself. It's easy.
http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=871&menustate=0

Thanks for the suggestion, however I already tried a patched BIOS (not by me, found it googling) and it did not work, so maybe this BIOS does not allow patching or something, i don't know. I can try though.

GuillermoXT wrote on 2020-07-01, 05:44:

Have you thought about getting a ide controller like the Fasttrack Ultra? It works very good....just as idea

It's a good idea, however since specific hardware is difficult to get around here, I do not live in the US, and shipping things from there to here is expensive, I'd like to try the options that are cheaper for me right now since I already have the EPROMs, the programmer and using software is free, so that's what I'd like to try first before deciding on getting more hardware.

Reply 22 of 24, by Roman555

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aha2940 wrote on 2020-07-01, 06:05:
Roman555 wrote on 2020-07-01, 05:15:
aha2940 wrote on 2020-07-01, 04:53:

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Thanks for the tips, I do have a recovery option (several EPROMs and an EPROM writer) so recovery is not an issue at all.
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So you can make a patched bios yourself. It's easy.
http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=871&menustate=0

Thanks for the suggestion, however I already tried a patched BIOS (not by me, found it googling) and it did not work, so maybe this BIOS does not allow patching or something, i don't know. I can try though.

Some necessary utilities for the rom.by_patcher and its previous version 4.23 in the attachment. Maybe you'll patch better than someone did 😀

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    rom.by Bios Patcher (v4.23 v4.51beta) Kit for Award
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Reply 23 of 24, by aha2940

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So, I just tried again to add XT-IDE to the original BIOS file of the motherboard. I used XTIDECFG to configure XT-BIOS automatically on the computer where I'd use it, then downloaded the configured XT-IDE file again to my laptop, added it to the BIOS file as an ISA extension using AWDBEDIT, burned it to an EPROM and what do you know! it did not work. The PC posts and boots as usual, however no trace at all of XT-IDE. This is getting tiresome, mainly because to do every test, i have to erase an EPROM (20 mins usually), then unsolder some cables from the EPROM (the ones I use are not 100% pin compatible with the original EEPROM used by the motherboard), burn the file to the EPROM, resolder the cables and try again. It takes like an hour to do a single test. I'll try to buy a couple EEPROMs just like the original one (winbond W29EE011-15) so I can test faster.

Roman555 wrote on 2020-07-01, 07:46:
aha2940 wrote on 2020-07-01, 06:05:
Roman555 wrote on 2020-07-01, 05:15:

So you can make a patched bios yourself. It's easy.
http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=871&menustate=0

Thanks for the suggestion, however I already tried a patched BIOS (not by me, found it googling) and it did not work, so maybe this BIOS does not allow patching or something, i don't know. I can try though.

Some necessary utilities for the rom.by_patcher and its previous version 4.23 in the attachment. Maybe you'll patch better than someone did 😀

Thanks for the tools, I'll look into this option and try it when I get the new EEPROMs.

Reply 24 of 24, by aha2940

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Roman555 wrote on 2020-07-01, 07:46:

Some necessary utilities for the rom.by_patcher and its previous version 4.23 in the attachment. Maybe you'll patch better than someone did 😀

Hi! I tried patching the original BIOS of the board using these tools, but the patched version does not even POST. The video card starts, the BIOS logo appears, but that's it. No memory count, no "press DEL to enter BIOS", nothing. So it does seem this BIOS is different somehow and the patching tools do not work with it.