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by swaaye
Thu May 27, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: SiS 530 chipset question re 133Mhz FSB
Replies: 30
Views: 26355

Well I think it's some sort of hardware lock down. What is strange is that if you put in more, the BIOS will see it, but the board will freeze before it starts booting. I can get mine to count 768MB, but it won't boot with it.
by swaaye
Thu May 27, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: DDR RAM timings question...
Replies: 4
Views: 6806

The least important is the third timing, RAS Precharge. The CAS and RAS-to-CAS are both rather influential. You can frequently configure the fourth you have listed, RAS timing. That one usually doesn't do much either, like RP. But on nForce mobos you can actually gain performance by running it up ar...
by swaaye
Thu May 27, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: SiS 530 chipset question re 133Mhz FSB
Replies: 30
Views: 26355

I've run a few 530 mobos. Been many years though. I know one of them died for no apparent reason. I also remember trying to play GLQuake on one and it was only able to manage about 5 fps. :D I didn't know that any 530 mobos had AGP. It's not like any of the Super 7 boards had great AGP support anywa...
by swaaye
Thu May 27, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: New Sata-Drives in a K6-System
Replies: 14
Views: 10208

I have a couple of converters that go the other way and adapt a PATA drive to SATA. They work great. But they add $10 to the drive essentially. I'd never considered the advantages over a PCI IDE card though. However, I have a few Promise and Silicon Image PATA PCI cards and can boot these even on my...
by swaaye
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: K6-2 533 overclock question?
Replies: 43
Views: 19521

It doesn't solve the memory problem in the link I posted. That's apparently a fundamental issue with the OS.

Here's some more info on it. It looks like some people are working on it though.
http://www.msfn.org/board/16bit-heaps-e ... 30991.html
by swaaye
Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: K6-2 533 overclock question?
Replies: 43
Views: 19521

Win9x and >512MB might be pointless anyway, from a practical standpoint. The OS has major limitations with memory management, relating to 8/16-bit backwards compatibility apparently. It will simply run "out of memory" eventually due to a ridiculously small "resource memory". http://aroundcny.com/Tec...
by swaaye
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: why BIOS update needed for K6-2+ but not K6-3?
Replies: 3
Views: 3078

Yeah it's because K6-III is pretty much just a K6-2 with some cache memory stuck on. The + chips are actually a new die with changed/added features. I think the biggest problem you'll have if the BIOS doesn't recognize the CPU is special performance features not being automatically enabled. Write Al...
by swaaye
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Aladdin 7 results
Replies: 70
Views: 36841

I think the race to 1GHz and the Duron did the K6 series in. :)

They were around in notebooks for a while though. That was the whole point of the K6-2+ and III+ after all and those came out while Athlon was around.
by swaaye
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:43 pm
Forum: Other Systems
Topic: What to install on ye old PPro?
Replies: 23
Views: 24672

I have a PPro system with a PPro 200 1MB @ 233. It's fun to mess around with a CPU that was $2500 in its day. :) I would actually seriously consider Win9x or WinME on a 200 MHz system though. I'm not convinced of 9x being a major problem for PPro anyway. The OS is almost entirely 32-bit and all your...
by swaaye
Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Can't get K6-III+ to hit 600MHz
Replies: 13
Views: 7534

Another tip: Do not run the fans off the mobo headers. I think I remember that being something that helped improve stability noticeably on my VA503 mobo.
by swaaye
Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Any performance diff between regular K6-III and K6-III+?
Replies: 10
Views: 6963

It still all useless though. No apps I know of actually use this on a K6. For example, Folding at Home supports 3DNow+ but won't use it on a K6-III+. Not that you'd want to use a K6 for such a task anyway. Like said above, K6-III+ gives you another hundred MHz or so and runs quite a bit cooler. It p...
by swaaye
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Can't get K6-III+ to hit 600MHz
Replies: 13
Views: 7534

Jim wrote:Hmm, and whether you know it or not, ASUS always overvolts. That is to say 2.1V on an ASUS board is more likely to be about 2.14V. Could be a voltage issue you were having.
Hmmm could be. But I do remember really cranking the volts on the VA503+. I probably gave 2.2v a go.
by swaaye
Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Can't get K6-III+ to hit 600MHz
Replies: 13
Views: 7534

I think it has to do with motherboard quality too. I had a FIC VA503+ Baby AT mobo that wouldn't let 2 different K6-3+ chips do 600 MHz. However, I got a ASUS P5A and now the one K6-3+ I still have will do 600 MHz fine.
by swaaye
Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: 486 (Socket 3) mobo w/ PCI wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 7877

Boards with both VLB and PCI usually gimp PCI by attaching it to VLB somehow. I have a MSI 486 mobo with PCI. It works pretty good and supports every Socket 3 CPU under the sun, but PCI performance is not that great. Bus mastering doesn't really work, for example. I think it may be PCI bridged to VL...
by swaaye
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Hardware / Tech Corner
Topic: Why K6's?
Replies: 30
Views: 14173

What really sticks in my mind even today though is how bad K6-2 ran UT well, I would say 40 frames at 1600x1200 by 32bits color, 2 AA anc 2x AF is certainly not "baaaad" (K6-3-600, GF-2 MX). I compared a P3-450 to a K6-3 600 about a year ago. I was stunned to find that the P3 ran the game better in...