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Upgrading the BIOS


I'm fixing a Packard Bell 486 for a friend. The BIOS will

not support a hard drive over 222MB. The hard drive that is

in the computer is 1.2G in size and used to work fine but became corrpted. It had a dynaic overlay on it but now that

the drives been reformated,it's too large for the BIOS to handle. What is this dynamic overlay and how do I obtain it

to reinstall it on the hard drive.


This question was answered on October 25, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Packard Bell's website has a list of drivers need for various motherboards I would suggest looking up the new download for your motherboard It is very possible that the updates won't be available It may be possible that your friend will need to contact the technical support through They offer free email support, Live Chat, or a forum that he can write into and wait for the answer He will need the motherboard number, serial number, and model number

Although I did find out that there is a company Micro Firmware that has updated flask bios roms for older motherboards Their phone number is 1800-820-6715 or 405-321-8333 It sounds as if they have other parts available also

Also he may want to see if he can upgrade his RAM and Hard Disk, since many operating systems and programs require more.

Good Luck to you.

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Posted by Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on October 25, 2000