i have found that forum on google during an info search about my old pc motherboard.
The general pc config atm is P133, 16mb ram simm (8x2), rendition verite 2100pci 4mb+diamond monster 3d 4 mb, ess 1868 isa, 1.2 gb hd, dvd reader and a lan 10/100 pci card for cable connection.
Some days ago i decided to have some fun with it, and upgrading it as much as possible without changing the mainboard.
Because i would like to play old games, i searched on ebay a verite (for RRedline api based) and a voodoo1 (for glide api) as substitute of the old s3 trio64v+ (really crappy and useless card, i hated it!).
And i have ordered 4x32mb simm for upgrading ram too (disk swap is irritating during windows multitasking and internet navigation, of this forum too; i dunno how i was able to use it 10 years ago o_O)
But i have a problem with the CPU.
I want to add a cpu with mmx instructions, but pentium mmx require a different voltage setting from regular pentium, and i discovered that my mainboard has not any pin for changing it from 3.2 or 3.3 (the manual says it has, but from watching the board you can clearly see that these was removed, trasforming that in a single voltage mb)
After some searches i have discovered that there is a version of K6 cpus (the first one) that is capable of running on single voltage mb.
And that version can be found on ebay too (so is not like those powerleap adapter that are disappeared from earth's surface).
The problem now is:
Will my mainboard be (that teorically should be able to power on k6 cpu without cooking it) capable of recognizing this cpu and run it?
Or it will stuck on post?
Now, atm, that cpu have to be shipped yet, so i haven't still tested it.
However, when the pc was bought, on november 1996 (my 10th birthday ), k6 hasn't been released yet, so i think the answer is no.
However on google, searching my mb bios code, i have found that forum and specifically that topic:
http://www.wimsbios.com/phpBB2/viewtopi ... baecf6ce75
that seems to speak about my same (or at least very similar mainboard)
Reading the topic i have discovered that is possible to add microcode to mb bios for adding support to bigger HDs (or better, solving bugs with big hd space calculation) and cpu strings.
The problem is that the links in the topic for downloading the bios are no more valid, and on google the newest bios that i was able to find is the one that is already mounted on my mb (05/31/96)
So i am unable to try the bios linked in that thread.
Now let's speak about the subject of the problem.
These are the infos taken from post screen:
and these from ctbios v1.5Award Modular Bios v4.51PG 1984-96
Award plug and play Bios extension v1.0A 1996
P54CE REV.F Release 5/31/1996 BIOS REV F.03 UM 8669
05/30/96 - i430VX
UMC8669 - 2A59GL1CC-00
and these from ctdmiBIOS-Info, c't/Andreas Stiller, V. 1.5 10/00
Computer ID : FC, SubTyp: 01, BIOS-Level: 0
Rechnertyp : AT-3, Konfigurationsbyte $70
Maustreiber : Microsoft kompatibel, Version: 08.30
Maustyp : Serielle Maus auf IRQ4
Bus : ISA/PCI
Hauptspeicher : 640 KB, davon verfügbar : 640 KB
Extended Memory : 15360 KB
BIOS Datum : 05/30/96
PCI-BIOS gefunden : Version 02.10, 32-Bit-PCI-BIOS Revision:0
PCI-Busse : 1, Konfig-Mech.: 1, Special-Cycle-Mech.: 0
Award BIOS gefunden : Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
Award ID-String : 05/30/96-i430VX,UMC8669-2A59GL1CC-00
Board/BIOS-Version : P54CE REV.F RELEASE 5/31/1996 BIOS REV.F03 UM8669
OEM : LUCKY STAR
URL : http://www.cliser.com.tw/luckysta/bios.htm
Chipset : i430VX,UMC8669 //Intel Triton-VX
INT-13h BIOS Extension: ja, Version:1.x, Fknt 41..48 unterstützt
PnP (ACFG,ESCD,DMI) : PnP V1.0, APM V1.2
Now there is a problem:DMI-Info, c't/Devid Espenschied (/as), V1.50, 02/2001
PnP-Struktur bei : F000:C2D0, Checksum: 00, V1.0, API: F000:C31D, Sel: F000
SM-Strukur : nicht gefunden
DMI-Struktur : nicht gefunden
Kein DMI verfügbar, Programm wird beendet.
the manual does not says who is the constructor of the mainboard but call the board (or at least a variant of my board) with the acronim SL-586V
Google results says that SL-586V is an 430vx based board from Sian Lì, and not from lucky star, as written on award ami bios recognition page.
However maybe is the manual that does not exactly describe my mainboard.
Ipotizing that it is a Lucky Star mb, there are 2 possible versions:
- P54CE 5I-VX2, as said on award ami page
- P54CE 5I-VX1, as said on the following webpage:
http://www.plasma-online.de/index.html? ... ystar.html
- where i can found the exact model of my mainboard?
- can you help me on adding k6 support to my bios?
- and can you broke 8gb limit too? (i havent tested bigger HDs but that limit should be present in MBs of that period)
Sorry for the long post but i had to explain all the situation for a better understanding.
And sorry for some grammar error too, english is not my motherlanguage