Fix for Error: Incompatible BIOS translation detected

Posted July 9, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows installation

The common error message described in this tech-recipe can cause difficulties unless you know the fix.


When you try to run a hard drive setup program and have both a disc overlay installed and LBA mode enabled in BIOS, you will see the following error message:

Incompatible BIOS translation detected

Disc overlay programs, such as ONTRACK, overcome weaknesses in past BIOS settings to allow the system to recognize larger hard drives. LBA (Logical Block Address) in your bios attempts to do the same thing. Therefore, having both LBA and a disc overlay enabled at once will typically give you the error.

To correct this error, either remove the disc overlay, or disable LBA. Frequently, the actual problem is the disc overlay is corrupted. If this is the case, removing it first may not be possible. Instead, disable LBA, and then reinstall your hard drive utilities. After the disc overlay is repaired, you can usually remove it, and then re-enable your LBA.

(If you are reading this tech-recipe, I am sorry. This is not a good error message to try to debug.)

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