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137gb limit crashing the PC?

By joechai
Jan 25, 2008
  1. I just bought a PC with Foxconn 45cmx mobo and WD2500JS hard disk. Set it to 250gb gen II mode and everything seems ok

    Installation of Win XP sp2 was no problem until I start install more apps and then the blue screen starts coming out. I noticed it was more of an HD I/O error before the system crashes each time thus there was no memory dump made available. Every time before it crash, I can notice the HD slows down or hang before the BS comes out.

    So after messing around with it and keeps crashing it for 2 days I split the HD to 2 partition of 120 each and everything seems to be working fine since last night and I have not had a crash since.

    Just out of curiosity, does it make sense for the system to be so unstable with big drives (crappy drivers etc) considering that it is not that new a technology anymore and the equipment&drivers are new? I also noted that WDxxxxYS series has a firmware update which sounds pretty close to my problem I think. My concern is that is there any possible defective parts that I need to bring it back to the shop to replace. As of right now everything seems to be working fine
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,810   +918

    It's in there somewhere.......

    In some cases the BIOS must be physically set to LBA (logical block addressing) mode before the full capacity can be detected/used. Some board/BIOS combinations will auto-select this mode when a drive larger than 137GB is detected.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    First thing to do is look on the manufacturer or motherboard site to see if they have issued a newer BIOS than what you have. The new BIOS is routine, and usually fixes the problem.
     
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