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    There are quite a few PCI-X disk controllers that...

    There are quite a few PCI-X disk controllers that won't work in a normal PCI slot.

    I have one eight port SAS controller that will cause the machine to crash if inserted in a normal PCI slot when...
  2. Thread: Bios update

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    Gotta be careful when fudging around with CHS...

    Gotta be careful when fudging around with CHS values. I've had some boards with bugged BIOS implementations that actually crash if any of the values are set too high.
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    Unless the chipset has memory gimp mode, four...

    Unless the chipset has memory gimp mode, four sticks at minimum are required for this motherboard.

    The 486 has a 32 bit memory bus and 30 pin SIMMs are only 8 bits wide, thus requiring four in...
  4. It looks like some of the ID pins are missing on...

    It looks like some of the ID pins are missing on the VGA connector, so the monitor may not work on more modern video cards which use those pins to determine the monitor type. You'll need an old dumb...
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    If you can get the hardware ID of the devices...

    If you can get the hardware ID of the devices from msinfo32 or the device manager, you can try putting them in Google.

    It'll look something like:

    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A145&SUBSYS_79771462&REV_31
    ...
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    The case was originally powder coated IIRC so if...

    The case was originally powder coated IIRC so if you wanted to be authentic, you could send it off to get powder coated again. You'd probably want to match the color as best as possible first so...
  7. Thread: Bios update

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    A machine that old may not even support 8 GB hard...

    A machine that old may not even support 8 GB hard drives. I second the recommendation of a CF adapter with a small CF card and fudging the CHS values if it can't be auto detected. I've had to do this...
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    Those 6x6 servers had very limited use cases...

    Those 6x6 servers had very limited use cases because the FSB was so overloaded that utilizing each CPU to full potential was impossible. Doing something like number crunching was OK, but other things...
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    Very interesting, I guess they just hang a linear...

    Very interesting, I guess they just hang a linear regulator off of the bridge rectifier. I'd imagine those are still subject to the same failure as the transformer only types, but the linear...
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    No, I'm talking about newer generation CPUs and...

    No, I'm talking about newer generation CPUs and boards. The QX9650 is the last official CPU for LGA 775.

    I was suggesting not wasting money on a long dead platform if you're looking to get more...
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    You'll need a late LGA775 board to run one with a...

    You'll need a late LGA775 board to run one with a P35 or P45 chipset that supports a 1333 MHz FSB. You'll also want a board with good power delivery because that chip can pull up to 160W under normal...
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    I mean if you don't mind smashing one open just...

    I mean if you don't mind smashing one open just to take pictures, it'd be interesting to see.

    I've broken open hundreds of transformer type wall warts and never seen one with a linear regulator in...
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    I've never seen an old transformer style wall...

    I've never seen an old transformer style wall wart with a linear regulator in them. All the ones I have seen are a transformer, some sort of bridge rectifier and a capacitor.

    And I assure you they...
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    Key point being the "regulation" part. I've...

    Key point being the "regulation" part.

    I've not come across an old linear transformer that was ever within spec. My old game console wall warts from 30 years ago output almost triple the voltage...
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    Any version of Windows from Vista on will not run...

    Any version of Windows from Vista on will not run well on 2 GB of memory.
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    I think you're confusing SD for CF card, which is...

    I think you're confusing SD for CF card, which is basically IDE. SD cards use a completely different SPI interface and protocol.

    It's why SD to IDE adapters require a complex interface chip while...
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    It could be a recycled 386 motherboard design...

    It could be a recycled 386 motherboard design slightly modified to support 486 CPUs. Most 386 motherboards had an oscillator that ran twice the host CPU clock.
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    The PDS to Nubus adapter doesn't include a 601 on...

    The PDS to Nubus adapter doesn't include a 601 on it.

    And I'm pretty sure most CPU upgrades supplant the host CPU entirely, though there are a few that allow you to turn it off via a control panel...
  19. Uses the same codebase as Windows XP, still won't...

    Uses the same codebase as Windows XP, still won't work.
  20. The 486 is missing CMPXCHG8b and CPUID, under no...

    The 486 is missing CMPXCHG8b and CPUID, under no circumstance will it run Windows XP.

    The only way to have a 486 system run Windows XP is to use a POD63/83, which is essentially a modified Pentium...
  21. Socket 8 motherboards are getting harder to come...

    Socket 8 motherboards are getting harder to come by. I've had two 200 MHz Pentium Pros I pulled from a dead Acer server about 20 years ago, but no board to use them in.
  22. Early versions of Fedora and Ubuntu were pretty...

    Early versions of Fedora and Ubuntu were pretty lenient on the hardware they'd run on. RHEL 9 was I think the last free version and it ran on really old hardware.
  23. The analog signal going through S-Video is NOT a...

    The analog signal going through S-Video is NOT a defined standard. S-Video has a theoretical bandwidth limit of around 4 MHz, that's it. You can literally toss any analog signal on an S-Video cable,...
  24. And? It's still not a defined standard, which is...

    And? It's still not a defined standard, which is why a CRT monitor can work at weird resolutions that no modern LCD can tolerate. Case and point, again, the Atari 65XE 320x192 resolution; It's miles...
  25. ATX power supplies have all of the voltages AT...

    ATX power supplies have all of the voltages AT power supplies have, minus the -5v rail. ATX power supplies did at one time have the -5v rail, but this was removed from the ATX spec sometime in...
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