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    Well guys I'm up the freakin' creek. I thought the 20GB would give me no problems cuz the board's BIOS is from 98. Well, I was wrong...and I've got peripherals already coming to use with this m/b so I'm in trouble here. IBM's got their own HD manager on their site, Disk Manager 2000. Well, whahdya think? Use it or bit the bullet on the $40 for periph's and buy a new m/b? Thanks.
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    Either one is going to slow your computer down about the same. And I've used the hard drive managers for quite a while without any problems so I would say go the simple way and install the manager.
    (Although it is cool to have 8 IDE slots in your computer! I just don't think it's worth it for an mp3car system.)
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    What are you running system-wise?

    I guess I'll install it and just see what happens. I got visions of MP3's hiccupping.
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    What are you running system-wise?

    I guess I'll install it and just see what happens. I got visions of MP3's hiccupping.
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    lol
    I was using the hard drive manager on my home system. Then I needed 5 IDE slots and broke down and got an Ultra-100 IDE card. Right now I just have a 4GB running MPXPLAY with a Cyrix-166. I have thought about putting my 13GB in but I figure I'll just wait till I get bored with the 4GB of music I have right now.

    Juat remember that either setup is going to add about 5 more seconds to your startup time. If I were you I would spend the $40 (Actually more around $60) on a new motherboard. Maybe something that would take an AMD K6-2. Then you coould just use your Pentium 90 for now til you wanted to upgrade to a 500.
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    Yeah, I thought about new m/b for the P90. There's a computer show coming up this weekend. How conveeeeeenient!

    I'm not worried about the bootup time. A total time of 15-20 seconds is no big deal. Like I said, the thing I'm worried about is the overlay somehow getting in the way of the MP3's playing without any hiccups or stops.
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    Naw it should run just like normal. The HD manager just kind of acts like a second BIOS to tell the computer what the real size of the hard drive is. I dont think it slows the transfer speed down any.....
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    Cool

    Personally, I have overlays. Makes it very hard to upgrade, and have never had much luck with stability.

    However, if it is the only way to go, there's no harm in trying. Just remember that the system will boot up slower, and will just generally act slightly slower.
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    This is the crux of my dilemma, actually. To keep my current P90 setup and go with the overlay or get a slightly faster system that can support over the 32GB barrier. I think in the long run I’d be better off with a faster chip/m\b. I guess I made up me mind, eh?
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    Well, I'm breaking down, guys.
    Tomorrow I'll be buying a Celeron 633, 64MB Ram, with a board that has onboard video and SB128 sound. Now the dilemma will be which to use in the car or the house! My desktop is a Celeron 466 w/64MB, SBPCI128, and Diamond Viper 770 video. Decisions, decisions.
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