|The 16,383, 16, 63 figures are the highest that can be specified for C/H/S configuration. That translates to about 8.4 gig. Drives larger than that use LBA addressing but will typically show 16383/16/63 on their labels and that is what auto detect will find because that's what's written on the drive's firmware.|
I don't recall exactly how it works but when a bios 'sees' those figures it knows to use LBA. But I remember a few times when a bios would see a drive larger than 8.4 gig with specs (like yours) that would be accurate if C/H/S were possible.
First check the jumpers on the drive. Some drives about that size used a 'cylinder limiting jumper' for older computer that couldn't recognize the drive at all. That allowed the bios to see it as a 2 gig drive and then you'd have to install drive overlay software in order to use all the drive's capacity. Even if that jumper is set I don't think it would cause what you're seeing but still, it's something to check.
Also I think with some of the older systems you could specify either C/H/S or LBA drive detection. You might check the manual or fiddle with the bios settings to see if that is a factor.
With all that said, if the bios insists on seeing it that way I'd go ahead and leave it and see if it works OK.
Oh, another thing, that's a pretty old drive. Are you sure it's a good one?