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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 2:34 pm 
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I found a mother board in a tower case in the garbage the other day. How do I identify it?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 2:36 pm 
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Ah the ancient art of dumpster diving is not lost on you young ones! :D

Best thing to to would be to look for any markings on the board. Usually found around the ISA/PCI slots or the outside of the motherboard surface. Anything that might indicate a model #.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 3:00 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. The only thing I see is PLATO written on the back. I did a little research and found that Intel made a motherboard nicknamed PLATO, but this one does not resemble the one they had in their diagram.


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Markings on the back rarely help, but in some cases they can. Make double sure there is nothing there. Perhaps some stickers?
Was it in a Dell, Compaq, or HP case?

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Picture time me thinks or there must be a PBAxxxxxx-xxx or AAxxxxxx-xxx number on the board.

Some examples for the Plato:
PBA #s 541297, 541298, 622997, 626248 631177, 631178, 631179, 631180
PBA# 541277-003_AA# 541288-003
PBA# 541277-004_AA# 541288-004
PBA# 541277-005_AA# 541288-005
PBA# 541277-205_AA# 541288-205

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Okay, on the side of one of the ISA slots are five stickers. Going left to right, the first is a bar code with "M5194135177 Made in China" written underneath the bar code. The second says 'AMIBIOS 586 1985-95American Megatrends EH 32988. The third is one that says it complies with FCC standards. The fourth and fifth are quallity control stickers..


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Could be a pc chips board aswell.
Post a description of the board (PCI/ISA slots, form factor, memory, etc..) or a picture would help too...

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Well, I can't get my hands on a digital camera today.

It has 3 PCI slots, 2 ISA's, a pc100 SIS530 and a sis5595, 3 DIMM slots, it DOES say Socket 7 on the thing with the lever/clamp that the processor sets in, and the processor is an AMD-K-2.


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Classic PC Chips description.

Matches the M598 (there were multiple versions):
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http://www.wimsbios.com/~ajzchips/index.htm

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That's it! You rock!!!


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