Solved Help With ancient mobo BIOS

November 17, 2014 at 04:09:30
Specs: Win 8.1 Home, 3770k / 24GB
Hi guys.

I'm mucking around with an ancient machine at the moment and I'm having issues tracking down a BIOS for it. Its a Socket 8 Beast with a Pentium 2 Overdrive CPU... So fairly obscure hardware I'm dealing with which is not making life easy.

The only markings on the Motherboard was 617 Ver 1.0, I eventually found it is a HOT-617 (Shuttle)

The BIOS String is 2A69HH2A or 2A69HH2AC-00. I have found it on Wims BIOS, but unfortunately that site isn't what it used to be and It takes you to a site that scrapes your details and only allows you to download their garbage 'BIOS Agent' software.

The main reason I'm after it is at the moment I'm Limited to 8GB hard drives or smaller. In my HDD pile it goes 85MB -> 1.5GB -> 20GB... So at the moment I've crammed Windows 2K onto a 1.5GB Drive, but it isnt leaving room for even old games. I have yet to install any software and still no drivers and i have about 400MB Free....

Is there a Computing veteran around here that might have access to a newer version of the BIOS? It appears mine is from 1996, to my knowledge there was one released in 1999 which allowed for "Large" hard drives. presumably up to 32GB :P

Any help is muchly appreciated!

Mattwizz3


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November 17, 2014 at 16:13:50
This link is good:

http://download.shuttle.eu/Archive_...

Ya know, those socket 8 upgrade chips to a P-II are somewhat collectable and go for $20 - $30 and sometimes more on ebay.



#1
November 17, 2014 at 06:32:33
There were overlays back in the day that tricked the BIOS into configuring larger hard drives. I used that method with WD drives. The downside is information on such a drive can't be accessed when connected to another machine.

If memory serves me correctly, these overlays were created by Ontrack and were model specific. Hopefully, others may be more helpful. Found a 3.5" floppy with "Disk Manager" from Ontrack for Western Digital drives. The program is pretty old. The file dates are from 1994. Don't know if it would even run on newer platforms or OSes.


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#2
November 17, 2014 at 14:38:16
Here's a support page for that model:

http://www.shuttle.eu/_archive/olde...

that's in some foreign language but shows a bios update.

I uploaded Ontrack's DiskManager to driverguide a while ago:

http://download.driverguide.com/dri...

that would work to set up a larger drive without a bios update. The driverguide site is all ad-riddled and generally messed up now so if you can't download it from there I can email you the file. Just send me a computing.net private message with your email address.


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#3
November 17, 2014 at 15:46:33
Thanks guys, I might have to look for some overlay software. this machine will probably end up with win 98 anyway. Unfortunately the download links on that shuttle page returns a 404.

I'm going to a big junk market this weekend, hopefully I can find a 6gb drive or a couple of 4gigs and that should do fine. Don't need lots of storage, but need more than 1.5GB. Heh.

Mattwizz3


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#4
November 17, 2014 at 16:13:50
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This link is good:

http://download.shuttle.eu/Archive_...

Ya know, those socket 8 upgrade chips to a P-II are somewhat collectable and go for $20 - $30 and sometimes more on ebay.


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#5
November 17, 2014 at 17:21:00
Link works for me. Don't know what the zip files are for though. Guess you need to download and unpack them to find out.

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#6
November 19, 2014 at 05:08:45
Sorry for getting back so late, thanks for that DAVEINCAPS!

I'll report back once I have gone through the files and updated the BIOS, I downloaded everything there and will check it out later.

Cheers for that!

Mattwizz3


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#7
November 19, 2014 at 13:41:26
You're welcome. Yeah let us know. The bios update may not fix the 8 gig limitation. It just depends if they wrote that fix into the update.

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