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New size/speed drive in old Dell Latitude XPi P133ST?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by see.my.sig.4.addr, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. I've got an old laptop that I still like to use, but it's drive has been
    on it's last leg for like 2yrs (berrings going) and it's pathetically
    small. The laptop has a 3GB limit from BIOS, and the formfactor is like
    17mm instead of the now std. 9.5mm height. But, I was just thinking there
    might be an adapter to make it fit? And also that I could maybe put in a
    bigger drive and just have it only see 3GB of it? A small new drive would
    be so cheap it'd be pointless to try to find a used one of the right size
    if I don't have to. Plus, a new drive using only the outer 3GB would be
    WAY faster. This think is a disgrace, there's probably CD-ROMs faster
    than it is :(
    see.my.sig.4.addr, Mar 11, 2005
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  2. see.my.sig.4.addr

    Fixer Guest

    Reflash the bios to latest version and it should allow bigger drives me
    Fixer, Mar 11, 2005
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  3. see.my.sig.4.addr

    Guy Fawkes Guest

    or stick linux on it, which will ignore the BIOS and see pretty much any
    size drive.

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    Guy Fawkes, Mar 11, 2005
  4. How can it ignore the BIOS? A computer MUST have a BIOS to even load the
    see.my.sig.4.addr, Sep 6, 2005
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