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by mortis / February 16, 2004 1:04 AM PST

I have a BlasterPC I bought a couple of years ago from TigerDirect. Advertised as being manufactured by Creative labs, the mb has built-in soundblaster live 5.1. Creative says they provided the components for this kit but do not support it. Tigerdirect says that they no longer have records for the manufacturers of the components other than Creative. I would like to upgrade the Award Modular Bios version 4.51 PGM so that the system will read and use the full 1gb of ram I have installed, as well as read the entire 40gb of the maxtor hdd I have installed, rather than only 31gb; as well as take advantage of any other enhancements offered by an updated Bios. I would hope to find something that can be flashed via boot disk or whatever. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Following are the specs for my system per the Guillemot Hardware Inspector program.

Internet explorer V6.0.2800.1106
Bios
System Bios date 02/02/01
System Bios version Award Modular BIOS v4.51PGM
Video Bios version Version 4.17.00.54.24

Running Windows XP Service Pack 1 (5.1.2600)
System default language : English (User : English)

Processor Memory
Processor running at 903 MHz
Processor is Intel Pentium(R) III Coppermine
Found 1 Processor(s) 767 MB of physical memory
476 MB of free physical memory
2047 MB of total virtual memory
1999 MB of free virtual memory




Drives



Drive Letter
Volum Name
Type
Size

Free
Total

c:\ NTFS 6.54 Gb 31.49 Gb
g:\ New Volume NTFS 949.00 Mb 74.53 Gb




Gaming

DirectX 8 or above installed(4.09.00.0902)
Thrustmapper : not installed.


Drivers



Video
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 5.2.1.6 NVIDIA

Multimedia
AVerMedia AVerTV WDM Video Capture (878) 7.0.0.0 AVerMedia Technologies
AVerMedia, AVerTV WDM TvTuner 5.3.4.0 Conexant
Creative SB Live! (WDM) 5.1.2603.0 Creative

Network
Linksys LNE100TX Fast Ethernet Adapter(LNE100TX v4) 2.12.507.2001 Microsoft

Controllers

Others
Intel 82443BX Pentium(r) II Processor to PCI Bridge 5.1.2600.0 Microsoft
Intel 82443BX Pentium(r) II Processor to AGP Controller 5.1.2600.0 Microsoft
Intel 82371AB/EB PCI to ISA bridge (ISA mode) 5.1.2600.0 Microsoft
Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller 5.1.2600.1106 Microsoft
Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller 5.1.2600.1106 Microsoft
N/A None Microsoft
NEC PCI to USB Open Host Controller 5.1.2600.1106 Microsoft
NEC PCI to USB Open Host Controller 5.1.2600.1106 Microsoft
NEC PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller (B1) 5.1.2600.0 Microsoft
Creative Game Port 5.1.2600.0 Creative




PCI List



MediaStream Controller (Multimedia)

Manufacturer Brooktree Corporation
Revision 0x11
Vendor 0x109E
Product 0x36E
Sub vendor 0x1461
Sub product 0x0004
SubClass Video Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Other capability list not supported.Power Management Capabilities
Current power state : D0


Video Capture (Audio Section) (Multimedia)

Manufacturer Brooktree Corporation
Revision 0x11
Vendor 0x109E
Product 0x878
Sub vendor 0x1461
Sub product 0x0004
SubClass Other Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Other capability list not supported.Power Management Capabilities
Current power state : D0


fast ethernet controller (Network)

Manufacturer Admtek Inc
Revision 0x11
Vendor 0x1317
Product 0x985
Sub vendor 0x1317
Sub product 0x0574
SubClass Ethernet Commands
I/O Access
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x50
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Supports Power state D2
Supports Power state D1
Current power state : D0


Sound Blaster Live! (Multimedia)

Manufacturer Creative Labs
Revision 0x5
Vendor 0x1102
Product 0x2
Sub vendor 0x1102
Sub product 0x002F
SubClass Audio Commands
I/O Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Current power state : D0


(null) (Display)

Manufacturer Nvidia Corporation
Revision 0xA3
Vendor 0x10DE
Product 0x172
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass VGA Commands
I/O Access
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports 66MHz
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0xF8
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Current power state : D0
AGP Capabilities version 2
AGP Speed(s) Supported :
1x 2x 4x
Current AGP speed : 2x
FW Transfers supported.
>4Gb Address Space not supported.
Sideband Addressing not supported.


440BX/ZX AGPset Host Bridge (Bridge)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x3
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7190
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass PCI to HOST Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Received Master Abort
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
AGP Capabilities version 1
AGP Speed(s) Supported :
1x 2x
Current AGP speed : 2x
FW Transfers not supported.
>4Gb Address Space not supported.
Sideband Addressing Supported.


440BX/ZX AGPset PCI-to-PCI bridge (Bridge)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x3
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7191
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass PCI to PCI Commands
I/O Access
Memory Access
BusMaster
System Errors

Status
Supports 66MHz
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x1
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported


PIIX4 ISA Bridge (Bridge)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x2
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7110
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass PCI to ISA Commands
I/O Access
Memory Access
BusMaster
Special Cycles

Status
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x0
Self test not supported


PIIX4 IDE Controller (Storage)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x1
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7111
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass IDE Commands
I/O Access
BusMaster

Status
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported


PIIX4 USB Interface (Serial)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x1
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7112
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass USB (UHCI) Commands
I/O Access
BusMaster

Status
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported


PIIX4 Power Management Controller (Bridge)

Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Revision 0x2
Vendor 0x8086
Product 0x7113
Sub vendor 0x0000
Sub product 0x0000
SubClass PCI to Other Commands
I/O Access
Memory Access

Status
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x0
Self test not supported


USB Host Controller (Serial)

Manufacturer NEC Corporation
Revision 0x41
Vendor 0x1033
Product 0x35
Sub vendor 0x3083
Sub product 0x0035
SubClass USB (UHCI) Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Supports Power state D2
Supports Power state D1
Current power state : D0


USB Host Controller (Serial)

Manufacturer NEC Corporation
Revision 0x41
Vendor 0x1033
Product 0x35
Sub vendor 0x3083
Sub product 0x0035
SubClass USB (UHCI) Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Supports Power state D2
Supports Power state D1
Current power state : D0


PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller (Serial)

Manufacturer NEC Corporation
Revision 0x2
Vendor 0x1033
Product 0xE0
Sub vendor 0x3083
Sub product 0x00E0
SubClass USB (UHCI) Commands
Memory Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x0
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Supports Power state D2
Supports Power state D1
Current power state : D0


Game Port (Input)

Manufacturer Creative Labs
Revision 0x5
Vendor 0x1102
Product 0x7002
Sub vendor 0x1102
Sub product 0x0020
SubClass Other Commands
I/O Access
BusMaster

Status
Has Capabilities List
Supports Back-To-Back Trans
Fast Timing

General
Header type 0x80
Bus latency 0x40
Self test not supported

Capabilities list
Power Management Capabilities
Current power state : D0

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Re:Bios Update
by Willy / February 16, 2004 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: Bios Update

I can't recall any Creative mtrbds. out there that they made. YES, they do provide the audio portion but make the whole mtrbd. nope. I suggest you visit this website and follow thier lead:
http://www.wimsbios.com

Get the info you need and proceed. Now, if Creative really did "rebadge" a mtrbd. and put thier name on it, they should provide the mtrbd. info. But, that becomes lost on older or not so popular mtrbds. and it gets hard to find. You may find a more "generic" support for the *chipset* on the mtrbd., these are the main componets and if you find them, make sure they'll do what you want and various flavours are out there. Last, as for the 40gb HD, you'll never see the true 40gb become available due to the OS used and how the manufacturer supplies info, get more detailed answers from the HD maker. They usually offer an explanation on this common question/query.

good luck -----Willy

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Re:Bios Update
by sherwinDiddy / February 16, 2004 3:21 AM PST
In reply to: Bios Update

Waz Up Sir Mortis,

I'm not sure what components are provide by creative, but I don't think they make mother boards either. So I think the best way to go at this is the simplest, just open your case and see who's the manufacturer of the motherboard. Then go to their website to get latest bio. If you find no name most manufacturer stick to a specific circuit color on their mother board. Like brown for "ASUS" and ... But not all mother board do support 1 Gig of mem.

-sherwin

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About your BX based board.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 5:31 AM PST
In reply to: Bios Update

1. Diamond was absorbed by Creative Labs and did indeed make such a board. Look for the M7P9 or such designation on the motherboard to find out which is yours. Without this, I can't help much.
http://help-site.com/c.m/hw/motherboard/diamond/ has a few manuals, but which one is yours?

2. About the RAM. NO BIOS CAN FIX THIS ISSUE!

I will explain it ONCE and ONLY ONCE since NOTHING we can do with BIOS or jumpers or WORDS will fix a simple problem.

The BX memory controller only has so many address lines running to the memory sockets. To get 256M support it runs two CAS lines to the sockets. The GENERIC 256M stick will identify as 128M and this is proper. If you get the dual bank 256M sticks, then it works. But you are unlikely to get such at the grocery store or most computer shops. Crucial does have the right parts.

Again, there is nothing in a BIOS revision or anything you can do to fix this except get the right memory parts.

With that, I will write no more about it.

Write back with which board you have if you want me to see if a BIOS to go past 32GB on the hard disk exists.

Bob

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