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Thread: 8 Slot VLB AMPTRON motherboard? WTF?!?

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    Default 8 Slot VLB AMPTRON motherboard? WTF?!?

    Is this thing for real?

    http://www.mobokive.org/Archive/TH99/m/A-B/32024.htm

    I saw a picture of this on the internet once before, and I thought it was photoshopped. But, while looking on TH99 the other day I stumbled on it again. I know amptron isn't really known for producing quality products, but I am really curious to know if they made any provisions to actually use more than 3 VLB cards at a time.

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    Every reference to that board shows 8 VLB, which is impossible to use them all. Look for one on ebay.

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    I used to have a VLB board that had three VLB slots on it. For some reason, only two would acknowledge, though. Didn't matter which, but only two at a time, depending on address. I wonder if that's the same thing?

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    One time I heard it was possible to have more than one VLB "channel" on a 486 system...so I wonder if this board implements this, or if it's just a creative marketing ploy.

    It must have been expensive to build a full length board with all of those VLB connectors. Amptron usually has a reputation for cheaping out on that sort of thing.

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    I have several 486 boards with 3 VLB slots, but, I only have video cards and HD/FD multi-I/O cards available, so, I can't test to see if 3 cards work at once.

    What else did they make in VLB? I've heard about SCSI cards, but also heard that they didn't work well at the best of times.
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    I've seen Ethernet, Video, SCSI (only Adaptec SCSI cards worked well for me, Druid), F/H, F/H-I/O, and once, I saw an ESDI controller that was VLB (I think that's what it was, memory clouds a bit).

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    There was a Creative Labs 3D blaster for VLB. It was just the 3D component, so not a stand alone video card.

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    I have never seen VLB ethernet, mostly it was video, SCSI, I/O+ IDE

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    I saw one on fleaBay once. It was about 3 or 4 years ago or so. Only one I ever saw. It was 10/100 - probably one of the first, I would imagine.

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    Yes, I can confirm the 10/100 ethernet for VLB. Not only have I seen them on eBay, I've known a few people that had them. They use an AMD chip, and supposedly they're pretty good cards. Too bad I never seem to have enough leftover VLB slots to justify getting one.

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