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Martin Gombarsky
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nx8220 160GB HDD

Hello,

I bought a new HDD (Samsung HM160HC) to replace an old one (Toshiba 80GB) because of increasing bad sectors. After installation of Vista everything was ok but by adding another software it suddenly stops booting with error "Windows failed to load because the NLS data is missing, or corrupt". I spend lot of time searching on Internet what can be a problem and I found the problem could be with 48-bit LBA which is not supported by BIOS (vF.17). So my question is: Is there any other choise how I can make it working or am I wrong with something?

thanks in advance
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Steve Huffer
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

You have the Intel 915 chipset which will handle 48 bit LBA just fine. You just need to do a Vista startup repair to fix the boot sector. Something whacked it.

You can download a Vista repair CD here:

http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/

Here are some instructions:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Windows-Vista-Repair&id=485947

Much as I do not like Vista some of its technical tools are pretty slick.
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Martin Gombarsky
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

thanks Steve for quick answer

I'll check it soon with recovery disk but until then I have checked the BIOS with testing tool from Intel http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/iaa/sb/cs-009302.htm (48lbachk.exe) with this result: FAILED - BIOS is currently not 48-bit LBA capable. BIOS update needed. (BIOS reports 128GB, HDD device reports 148GB). Is that something I shouldn't care about?
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Steve Huffer
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

Yes to do 48 bit LBA you need a 48 bit capable chipset (Intel 915-OK), OS (2K SP3 or higher, XP SP 1a or higher or any Vista) and then a 48-bit capable BIOS (apparently a NO)F.17 is the latest BIOS, issued within the last 90 days so if it does not support 48 bit LBA I am afraid you are out of luck. I find it hard to believe HP would not have updated that a long time ago on a high-end machine like that.

Sorry for the misdirection.
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Martin Gombarsky
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

It is also for me hard to understand why HP still does not have fixed BIOS version for such product. So I'm on the way to buy a new 120GB HDD which I believe should work properly. Once more thanks a lot for your interest Steve.
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Stefan Piechnik
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

I have similar problem.
"nx8220 notebook disk upgrade XP boot problems"
http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do?threadId=1278178

Though my version of BIOS is even older at F.14. Did you find anything else that helped, e.g. other make of large disk that actually works...?

Advance thanks
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stefan
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Martin Gombarsky
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

It does not matter what version of bios you have, try to split HDD so the primary partition (where Windows will be installed) will be less than 120GB. In my case it is 100GB and it works fine for more than 2 months now.
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Bruno Queiros
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Re: nx8220 160GB HDD

HP nx8220 maximum support HD 80Gb

The unit is not well equiped to support 160Gb HDD, attention to overheating.
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