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Need Motherboard manuf

Postby Blueline » Tue May 21, 2002 5:51 pm

I have an older computer that I would like to upgrade. I don't know the manufacturer of the motherboard. Information on it is:

Bios Manufacturer: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 02/25/97-i430VX-W877-2A59GG39C-00
BIOS OEM Signon: 50-0104XC-2A59GG39-V1.04C
BIOS ROM Size: Unknown
Chipset: Intel Triton 430VZ rev 2
Super I/O Chip: Winbond 83877F (use 87h) found at port 3F0h

Any ideas about this mb and what I should upgrade to? Thanks
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Postby Aussie » Tue May 21, 2002 7:19 pm

http://www.plasma-online.de/english/identify/serial/mainboard/mb_gemlight.html


identify mainboard by Gemlight

GMB-P56IPS V0 / V1 / V2 10/04/96-i430vx-w877-2A59GG39C-00 intel 430VX Winbond 877



This Gemlight board is identical to the DTK PAM-0056I E0.

Manual available on this page:-

http://www.dtk.com.tw/download/manual/56ie0m.html



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Postby Blueline » Tue May 21, 2002 7:52 pm

Thanks Aussie, Any suggestions concerning a motherboard I could upgrade this system to? Nothing too fancy but to support a larger hard drive.
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Postby Aussie » Tue May 21, 2002 9:44 pm

The latest bios for the board supports hard drives above 8.4Gb but there is no indication of the upper limit of HDD support.

http://www.dtk.com.tw/download/bios/56ie0b.html

The bios is dated 01/13/2000 so there is a good chance that HDD's above 32Gb are supported.

Your other option is to fit an ATA controller card such as one from Promise.


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Postby Blueline » Wed May 22, 2002 12:52 pm

Once again thank you for the quick response. Is the ATA controller card something I add to the existing motherboard and is that solution comparable to putting in a newer motherboard? I am concerned whether a new motherboard or ATA card will fit in this old computer.
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Postby evasive » Wed May 22, 2002 1:30 pm

Yes, no. A new motherboard will also support faster processors, usually more memory etc.
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