07-22-2004 06:48 AM - last edited on 03-24-2013 08:30 PM by maikoro
I have a DeskPro, Marked with the numbers,
Is it possible to update the BIOS, and if so, where would one obtain relevent updates.
I have been trying to install a 180GB hard disk
and have been told that that updating the BIOS
is the first step, ??
Can anyone advise ??
Reagrds Norm Bourne
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07-22-2004 07:19 AM
My bet is you have a Deskpro EN 6350 which would take the BIOS at:
Before you try anything, verify that the BIOS Setup Screen says 686T3. F10 during a boot to get to the Setup or download and run the program from a floppy:
IF that doesn't match then write down what it is and I'll find the upgrade for you.
You can also try Everest Home Edition at
Look under Computer Summary and it should tell you more about your PC. Perhaps it will have a better number.
What operating system are you trying to run on the thing?
07-22-2004 05:46 PM
It does indeed have the ROM family number as 686T3.and I will of coursetry what you suggest.
As a matter of fact, I'm presently running,
WIN98, but I was hoping that with the 180GB drive, to upgrade to XP.
Is that feasible ??
Best regards Norm.
07-23-2004 12:20 PM
07-23-2004 12:57 PM
I have loaded the bios upgrade, but whilst the bios now acknowledges the drive, Win 98 doesnt see it.
So I am now in the process of talking to western digital, re software overlay.
Incidentally, i got the size of the drive wrong, it should have been 120 GB !
07-25-2004 07:57 AM
Everything went well, I removed my original hard disk completely, installed the new 120GB disk, loaded windows XP, and Bingo, we are up and running.
Just a case now of transferring my data files, including my Internet setup.
There is one minor point though, XP tells me that the primary drive is 44.7GB and the secondary, 67GB, which makes for an approximate total of 111GB. The drive is 120GB so there is a bit of a short fall.
I've read in thes pages that the jumper setting CS should be used on drives installed to Compaq's maybe that's the answer, or perhaps that overlay from the disk manufacturer.
In any case it's only a minor point.
Thanks again Guys,
Best Regards, Norm.
07-25-2004 10:24 AM
09-14-2004 09:40 AM
I've got a similar question. I've bought a 40 GB western digital hard disk. I've got a compaq deskpro 6350 with a 686t3 ROMfamily and a BIOS version of 08/22/99, runnig Windows 98 second edition. When I check my hard drive in the BIOS-setup screen, it says i've got a hard disk of aproximately 40 GB. Seems good. But I can only format this drive to 8,1 GB. I've also tried to delete my primary partition and make a new one. After that I format my hard drive again and it's still 8,1 GB.
What can I do? I can't find a greater BIOS update...
09-25-2004 06:30 AM
It would be better to start your own thread. In the meantime, check to see that your drive doesn't have a cylinder limitation jumper, clear your CMOS and re-partition the drive. When you start the new thread, make note of whether the drive is new, from a retail box. There would be a utility on disk packaged with the drive that can get you over this if all else fails.
09-25-2004 10:17 AM
Flushed with the success of my recent upgrade, i decided to increase my RAM with the installation of a 256MB stick.
The existing Ram consists of 1 stick of 64MB PC133 & 1 stick of 64MB PC100.
I thought I was on a safe bet ordering, a stick of 256MB PC133. But alas no, it didnt work. I've tried removing the existing ram and running it on the new ram, but I get
1 short, and 2 long beeps, apparently an indication of bad ram.
The ram is new stock, could it be that I've, ordered the wrong part, or is it, indeed, a case of what its telling me, "BAD
Am I missing something?
Can anyone advise
09-25-2004 12:48 PM