Compaq Presario 2586US laptop - hard drive upgrade

Recently, I took a chance and bought 2 'parts only' Compaq Presario 2500 laptop computer series off Ebay and was able to make a unique work PC with motherboard of the 2586US being the motherboard, I used.  I don't have a hard drive, so I bought a Samsung 160 GB ATA drive.  Turns out I have to not need the adapter on the end of bus because it plugged right in the motherboard making.  The reader is supposed to be ATA100 and ATA133 at the upper end (I don't remember which).  I put the drive and installed Windows.  I noticed that it seemed slow but Windows showed the disc to the original format.  Then I went to dual-boot with a Linux distribution and encountered errors.  Thanks to a lot of research on the web I found the BIOS and the IDE interface itself (?) apparently does not have a drive larger than 137 GB.  I checked the BIOS and indeed it says the maximum usable size 137 GB.  It also shows the transfer rate to DMA2, which, as I understand it, means that it is only the transfer to 33 MB instead of 100 or 133 MB.  The service manual says ATA100, so it should support a transfer DMA5 rate.

I don't pretend to understand all of this at all.  So, I'm looking for help.

(1) is anyway to go beyond 137 GB on a hard drive in this laptop?

(2) otherwise, it's the fact that my drive is actually 160 GB when the PC support 137Go cause more problems?

(3) what should I do to obtain a rate of transfer beyond DMA2?  The configuration of the BIOS doesn't let me tab this field to change.

Thanks for any help and explanations that I can understand.  Don't forget that I am just your average Joe and not some kind of expert at all.  I found a lot of this on the web but don't know what it means.

Thanks in advance!

Dave

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After a lot of research and reading on the net, I found the following link:

http://wwwcsif.cs.ucdavis.edu/~leeey/A7A266/

Basically, the driver ALi M5229 was the problem.  It was not really support the DMA modes.  The link explains this and provides a link for the driver of the UDMA for the chip (it is not only the miniport driver that you get from the Compaq/HP site).  I installed it, had to reboot about 3 or 4 times due to messages "new hardware has been installed, but a reboot is required.  When I finally got around those I noticed that in Device Manager I see the ALi controller and it is listed as a UDMA controller now.  The individual channels are not displayed (the pilot seems to configure the drives as SCSI peripheral nickname).  Using the included ALi utility, it shows my driver running at ATA100/133.  Startup, everything including startup items until my office is there, the system's busiest has been reduced to about 1/4 or 1/5 while she was before.   I have a new system of hearts for my office, so sometimes I think that it still seems a bit slow, but there is a world of difference between a modern quad core system and this old laptop P4 architecture, etc..  But okay, the laptop works fine now in Windows.  Now I'll have to see what it looks like for Linux, because I have no idea what it uses for the driver ALi M5229.

I think we can safely call this thread closed, how ever do you that.  Somehow, I thought she was going to be a bit obscure, and I guess you can say it was!

Thank you all for any help here!

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